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In the Shimabara district there were “Ageya” and “Okiya". An “Okiya” (geisha house) housed ※1) tayu and ※2) geisha and “Ageya” was a restaurant where tayu? and geisha were called to entertain at these places. It has been told that at the end of the Edo period, many daimyos or lords, and political activists in order to procure money for military purposes, invited wealthy merchants and held feasts in Shimabara. Members of the well-known shogunate police force known as the ※3) Shinsengumi often visited Shimabara where even today in an “Ageya” known as Sumiya (presently an Art museum) has marks on a pillar made by swords of the members of the Shinsengumi.

※1) Chosen traditional entertainers with the highest skills in the various Japanese arts.
※2) Traditional entertainers with skills that include performing various dances, songs and instruments.
※3) In the latter part of the Edo period (Bakumatsu) those responsible for keeping peace in Kyoto were members of the special Office of Kyoto Protector under the feudal domain of Aizu (presently the prefecture of Fukushima). They were based within a 10-minute walking distance from Shimabara. Hence they often visited the Shimabara district.


Sumiya

Located within a minute walking distance. Ever since the establishment of Shimabara district, this Ageya has represented an elegant restaurant in the Edo period where banquets and dinner parties were held. It has been preserved as the only surviving Ageya of its kind and has been designated as a cultural asset of national importance in 1952.


Wachigaiya

Located within a minute walking distance. Boasting over 300 years of history, it was established in 1688. It was famous for having used as both Ageya and Okiya


Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

The Kyoto Central Wholesale Market is located within a 3-minute walking distance. It was the first central market of its kind to be established in Japan in 1927. This public market provides people in Kyoto with fresh fish, dried-salted fish, fruits and vegetables. The market acts to consolidate all products and price them fairly to be sold to consumers. The market offers ※“Kyo-yasai” and fresh fish to sell wholesale to Japanese-style restaurants and restaurants. The market bustles as it becomes alive with the people of the market, the sellers who set the prices and the vibrant atmosphere of the market itself that is unique to markets in Japan.
※ A collective term of vegetables made in Kyoto. Known to be of high quality and is more costly than that of other vegetables sold elsewhere.


Nishi Honganji Temple

The head temple of the sect of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Its official name is Honganji.


Umekoji Park

A Kyoto municipal comprehensive park built in celebration of the 1200th anniversary of the transfer of the national capital to Kyoto.


Nij? Castle

A castle Tokugawa Ieyasu (the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate) used as a residence while visiting Kyoto.


Kinkaku-ji Temple

The formal name is Rokuon-ji. It was designated as a World Heritage in 1994.


Arashiyama

One of the best tourist destinations in Kyoto. Particularly famous for its cherry blossoms in spring, cormorant fishing in summer and the coloring of leaves in autumn.


Tenry?-ji Temple

The head temple of the Tenry? sect of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, designated as a World Heritage site.


Toei Movie Land

Samurai period movie theme park


Higashiyama

One of the most representative tourist areas in Kyoto. Located here are many famous temples and shrines such as Kiyomizu Temple and Yasaka Shrine.


Kiyomizu Temple

One of the most popular historical sites that people visit all year long. It has been designated as a World Heritage site.


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