Visit Japan #5: Kyoto Winter Special (THE EAST Campaign in Association with Japan National Tourist Organization London Office)

Following its great success in 2008, “Kyoto Winter Special” is coming back this winter, with more special deals and events for you to enjoy. From 1st December 2008 until 31st March 2009 you’ll be able to experience traditional culture hands-on, and savour exceptional Kyoto cuisine. In addition, special admission will be granted to normally restricted heritage sites, and there will be unique winter events and chances to receive special offers from world-famous hotels. With Kyoto Winter Special, the breathtaking beauty of winter in Kyoto awaits you!Special Events
Kyoto’s cherry blossoms and fall leaves are a sight to see, but Kyoto’s magical winter is something special. There will be various events showcasing winter. Information on events from December to March are listed by month on the Kyoto Winter Special website. The main event during the Kyoto Winter Special is called “Hanatoro”. This event beautifies Kyoto’s nights, with elegant lanterns lighting up Kyoto’s famous spots. Adding a winter event into a visit to Kyoto is a great way to make your trip that extra bit memorable.

Special Openings
Only during Kyoto Winter Special 2009 – Hidden cultural heritage sites, normally not open to the public, will be open for viewing. Twelve spots will open their cultural heritages to the public for 9 weeks, from 10th January until 18th March 2009. All viewings are for culturally valuable items. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Kyoto’s culture.

Special Experiences
During Kyoto Winter Special 2009, not only can visitors experience various aspects of Japanese culture, they can also enjoy meeting Japanese people. These include actual experiences of Japanese cooking, calligraphy, Zen meditation, and more. Some of the activities will take place in private homes in Kyoto City, which will give visitors an intimate experience of Japanese culture.

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