The Hidden Water Cycling Tour

Cycle to hidden wells and hear about their ancient stories
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The Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour

Come on a hike that will take you to the Fushimi Inari everyone else has been missing out on.

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The Hidden Water Cycling Tour of Kyoto

Cycle to hidden shrines and wells around Kyoto City to hear their ancient stories.

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Tanabata Tea Making in Gion 2018

Come make traditional Wakayama post-fermented tea at Friends Kyo on Tanabata, July 7-8. This event is free! We'll also be drinking tea with water drawn from some of Kyoto's most delicious wells.

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The view from the front.

Meeting point for the Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour

Guests who have signed up for the Alternative Fushimi Inari Walking Tour can use this map and photo to find the meeting point.

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Postcards for Oseki-san.

Sending postcards to the Cough God

Oseki-san is a rock enshrined on Inariyama that heals people with pnuemonia, tuberculosis, chronic coughs, and other lung problems. Here's the address for Oseki-san.

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7 Wells of Kyoto

Kyoto City has thousands of wells because its soft groundwater brings out subtle flavours in food and drink. Here are 7 with incredible histories and stories revolving around life and death, love and heartbreak.

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Daifuku-mochi, ¥180. Rice cakes with red bean paste inside.

The Softest Mochi in Kyoto: Chikaramochi Shokudo Katoshoten

Just minutes from Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka, and the ever-popular Yasaka Pagoda is a 24-seater udon, donburi, and mochi shop called Chikaramochi Shokudo Katoshoten.

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A Dream by the Ganrikisha

Ganrikisha’s “A Dream” & “Change Your Life in 7 Steps”

Ganrikisha, literally the Eye Power Shrine, is a shrine on Fushimi Inari with two popular poems. Here they are in Japanese, romanised Japanese, and English.

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