- The area from Higashiyama / Shirakawa Bridge to Keage was once a lodging town known as Awataguchi. As one of the entrances into Kyoto from Yamashina on the Tokaido Road, it received its name from the craftsmen belonging to school of master swordsmith Yoshimitsu Awataguchi who settled there during the Kamakura Era.
The Hotel Higashiyama opening in July will display Awatayaki pottery made locally in Higashiyama since the early Edo Era, as well as other traditional crafts from Kyoto including bamboo crafts and Kyo karakami woodblock.Moreover, the adjoining craft shop will sell karakami paper, pottery and other crafts and also offer activities in pottery and paper lantern making. These opportunities will enable guests from around Japan and overseas to personally experience some of the traditional aspects of Kyoto’s culture.
In addition to the many excellent restaurants, Higashiyama is home to art museums and famous temples such as the Shoren-in Temple and Nanzenji Temple, making it a great place to feel both the traditional and modern Kyoto. Higashiyama would be the perfect destination for your next trip to visually experience the “beauty” of Kyoto.
Finding Beauty in Higashiyama, Kyoto
- Shinobu Nakai
- Kunihiro Fukumori