Walking in Kyoto with Johnnie Hillwalker, 21 July 2010

Johnnie Hillwalker or Mr. Hajime Hirooka has been doing this walking tour for 15 years. You can find him in Lonely Planet under the Kyoto section.
Pay 2000 yen and walk 3 kilometres for 5 hours. He doesn’t take us to tourist spots, instead he takes us to active temples and shrines where Japanese people go. He takes us to see home industry in the old streets of Kyoto where they make paper fans, tofu, tatami, pottery, etc. We also go to the old geisha area in Gojo where the art of geisha is not as prosperous as before. It may seem not as exotic as the media always portrays, but that is the reality in Kyoto. Along the way Johnnie also tells us the history of Japan, in particular the places we visit.
I highly recommend Johnnie’s Walking Tour. He goes every Wednesday and Friday. There’s also a similar tour every Monday but with other guides.

Johnnie Hillwalker

Higashi gate with Kyoto Tower in the background. Higashi-Hoganji is Japan’s centre of Buddhism, it’s bigger than Todaiji Temple in Nara. But since this isn’t a tourist spot, it is not recognised as the largest wooden infrastucture in the world.

a tiny shrine along the way

Ayako-Tenmagu Shrine where people pray for better brains


Johnnie’s lantern, his donation to the shrine

this straw rope keeps evil spirit away

the original Nintendo headquarter

a shrine dedicated to Toyotomi Hideyoshi

old torii gates

I hope whoever made these cranes had his/her wish granted

this gentleman is a famous pottery maker in Kyoto, but unfortunately I forgot his name 😦

the lady is showing her skill

the house of a famous pottery maker

street priest
















About landakungu (Dane Anwar)

Landakungu is the blog of Dane Anwar, a native Jakartan. She loves to travel, read comics, novels, and watch films. After spending 5 years living in Taiwan and 4 months in China, she is finally back in Indonesia, which is going to be her new base for more travels and other interestng things.
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