Lights On at Shimogamo Shrine with teamLab

  Digitized Forest at the World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine by teamLab   Three time’s a charm they say and this August marks the return of teamLab at the World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine. “Digitized Nature” is this year’s concept which turns nature into art without harming it. By using non-material digital technologies, such as sensors, networks, […]

Antiquarian Book Fair 2019

Antiquarian Book Fair 2019 A book fair outside in this heat doesn’t sound very inviting, but the big trees of Tadasu no Mori at Shimogamo Jinja will give you plenty of shade to enjoy a book fair even in August ! Most of the books are in Japanese, but you are also able to find old photographs, […]

Gojozaka Pottery Festival 2019

A trip to Kyoto is never complete without checking the famous potteries of the ancient capital of Japan. Since the famous Kiyomizu-yaki porcelain is so popular throughout Japan, every August visitors and pottery lovers have the opportunity to participate in the summer tradition of Gojozaka Pottery Festival. If you are in Kyoto during the Obon Festival […]

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 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 […]