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Shine Bright Like a Firefly

With the many rivers, creeks, ponds and canals in Kyoto, guests who visit the ancient capital around the beginning until the middle of June can enjoy some evenings with the shining fireflies. All rights reserved to http://www.nomoto.photo The team of Guest House hachi has put up a top 6 list to see the mysterious creatures […]

The Season of Hydrangea

The rainy season in Japan has a bad reputation for being, well, rainy and wet. Nevertheless, June is the only time of the year where you can still enjoy the “cooler” air after the incredible heat and humidity will hit Japan for the next few months.  Visitors avoiding Japan in June are all missing out the wonderful […]

Our beloved Otagi Nenbutsu-ji

When friends come to visit us outside from Kyoto there is one temple we like to take them to. From all the temples in Kyoto this one is by far our favorite to relax and have fun. Fun? At a temple? Otagi Nenbutsu-ji is still a secret to many people, mainly due to the fact […]

Ohara – the mysterious town in the north of Kyoto

We all know that there is a place up in the north of Kyoto called Ohara. But how many people actually made it to the town surrounded by forests and mountains? Is this another amazing spot for travelers to avoid the crowds in Kyoto to experience the zen atmosphere? Yes, but not only that. You […]

Hachi’s Top 8 Spots for Autumn

As we are preparing ourselves for the busy autumn season at hachi, we came up with a top 8 list for our guests to spot the wonderful maple trees turning red in Kyoto. Popular spots such as Kiyomizu-dera, Tenryu-ji, Kodai-ji and several other temples are well known, but therefore very crowded. So here is a […]

How to avoid crowded Kyoto city buses

With the high season kicking in Kyoto the chances are high that you will end up riding a crowded bus. Although the weather is perfect in autumn (actually all year around) for a wonderful bicycle ride to the sights, the train and subway system in Kyoto can also help you reach your destination. Your starting […]

No more ticket confusion – IC cards in Japan

Do you also find it hard sometimes to get the right train ticket in Japan? How much is it from here to there? With train line is it? JR line? Metro? Bus? There is a very simple solution to that: IC cards!   Easy traveling The IC card is a prepaid transportation card, that will […]

Happy birthday, hachi!

Today marks exactly one year since we opened Guest House hachi and looking back, we all had an amazing first year here. Within the last year, we made many new friends and created wonderful memories. I think, with this occasion, it is a good time to tell you how it all started.   We found the […]

Gion Matsuri in Kyoto

It is the month of July, a very important month for Kyoto because it’s the month of Gion Matsuri! You might have heard of it before since the Gion Matsuri Festival is one of the biggest and most famous festivals in all Japan. This festival actually originated for rather tragical reasons, because it started as […]

Romantic Star Festival (Tanabata) at Kodai-ji Temple

Kodai-ji Temple with its extensive gardens which include a bamboo forest and beautiful ponds is a popular Kyoto tourist site. This weekend on 7. and 8. July Kodai-ji Temple has a special evening light up event to celebrate Tanabata or the “Star Festival”. Tanabata celebrates the meeting of two celestial lovers (Orihime and Hikoboshi) who […]