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Visit Kyoto on one of Hankyu’s modern yet distinctly Japanese trains!京とれいん -Kyo-train-Take the Kyo-train to Kyoto~Arashiyama・Kawaramachi・Karasuma~

Four round trips per day between Umeda and Kawaramachi starting Saturday,May 14, 2011

Hankyu’s Kyo-train features a modern yet distinctly Japanese interior with an elegant atmosphere that makes you feel as i f you were spending time in an old - fashioned Kyoto townhouse. Choose Kyo-train for your next trip to Kyoto and see how your expectations for the trip start to rise the moment you board.

An Interior that evokes the atmosphere of an old-fashioned Kyoto townhouse,making you feel like you’ve been transported back to Japan’s ancient capital

Cars 1 and 2 Seats resembling blooming orchids

Cars 1 and 2 Seats resembling blooming orchids

Pattern

Cars 3 and 4 Semi-private seating Entryway

Semi-private seating

Entryway

Cars 5 and 6 Seats resembling hemp leaves

Cars 5 and 6 Seats resembling hemp leaves

Pattern

The vividly colored seats in these cars are designed in the image of blooming orchids, and an absence of hanging advertisements helps create a stylish, gorgeous space.

Tatami backrests and partitions above the seats combine to create a relaxing space. You’ll appreciate the little touches, like convenient drink tables underneath the windows.

A latticework entryway designed in the image of the foyer of a Kyoto townhouse welcomes passengers, infusing the car with the excitement of travel.

The seats in these cars are designed in the image of hemp leaves, featuring a predominantly green color that soothes the spirit. Warm, incandescent-colored lighting helps create a tranquil and relaxing space.

The interior of every Kyo-train car is filled with design touches and furnishings that accentuate the atmosphere of Japan's ancient capital. For example…

Pamphlet racks

Pamphlet racks

Guide maps in Japanese and English, Korean, and Chinese(simplified and traditional) are provided for use by international visitors.

Earthen floors

Earthen floors

The relaxing , dark brown floors bring to mind the earthen floors of an old-fashioned Kyoto town house. You’ll appreciate the meticulous attention to detail that went into crafting the Kyo-train interior.

Door and wallpaper

Door and wallpaper

Car doors feature a bamboo pattern that brings to mind traditional Japanese motifs, while Japanese-style wallpaper evokes images of ocean waves.

Hanging scroll-style posters

Hanging scroll-style posters

The posters hanging on the train’s walls were created by Kyoto Japanese paper artist Eriko Horiki to complement the seat designs. Six variations are displayed in the train’s cars.

Foreign-language announcements

Foreign-language announcements

To better serve all customers, audio announcements about the train and its route as well as scenic views and Arashiyama sightseeing destinations are made in Japanese, English, Korean, and Chinese.

Don’t miss these exciting destinations when you travel by Kyo-train!Arashiyama・Kawaramachi・Karasuma

Arashiyama

Bamboo Grove Road

Bamboo Grove Road

Straight-growing bamboo grows along an elegant walking trail that extends about 100 meters from the north side of Tenryu-ji Temple to the vicinity of the Okochi Mountain Villa. Feel the fatigue of walking slip away as you refresh your body and soul with a leisurely stroll along this cool, refreshing bamboo trail.

【Bamboo Grove Road】
●Location: About 20 minutes on foot (about 1.5 km) to the northwest of Arashiyama Station

Togetsukyo Bridge

Togetsukyo Bridge

As an Arashiyama "beginner," you'll want to save beautiful Togetsukyo ("moon crossing") Bridge for last. Tradition holds that the bridge was named by the retired emperor Kameyama for the way the moon appears to pass over it. For a stretch of river extending 200 meters upstream and downstream from the bridge, the waterway is known as the Oi River. Further upstream, it becomes the Hozu River; further downstream, the Katsura River.

【Togetsukyo Bridge】
●Sagatenryujisusukinobaba-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
●Location: About 8 minutes on foot (about 600 m) to the north of Arashiyama Station

Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple

The Zen temple Tenryu-ji was founded at the site of the emperor Go-Saga's Kameyama Imperial Villa by Muso Soseki so that Ashikaga Takauji could comfort the spirit of the emperor Go-Daigo. Don't miss the temple's stroll-style garden with a pond that shows off the beauty of the four seasons against the backdrop of Arashiyama and Kameyama.

【Tenryu-ji Temple】
●68 Sagatenryujisusukinobaba-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
●Phone: 075-881-1235 ●Hours: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
●Closed: None ●Admission: Garden ¥500 (additional ¥100 to visit other halls; ¥500 to visit the Teaching Hall)
●Location: About 12 minutes on foot (about 1 km) to the north of Arashiyama Station

Kotokikityaya Authentic Cherry Mochi

Kotokikityaya Authentic Cherry Mochi

Located just to the north of Togetsukyo Bridge, Kotokikityaya Authentic Cherry Mochi is a popular spot for taking a break to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Arashiyama. The shop's cherry mochi, which is still made by hand using traditional methods, is remarkable for a refreshing flavor that's not too sweet. You can also enjoy powdered green tea with your cherry mochi at the adjoining Sakura teahouse.

【Kotokikityaya Authentic Cherry Mochi】
●1-1 Sagatenryujisusukinobaba-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
●Phone: 075-861-0184 ●Hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
●Closed: Thursdays (when Thursday is a public holiday, closed on Wednesday) ●Location: About 10 minutes on foot (about 750 m) to the north of Arashiyama Station

Map Arashiyama Click here

Kawaramachi・Karasuma

Kenninji Temple

Kenninji Temple

Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple, Kenninji Temple was founded by the monk Eisai, who brought back tea seeds from China and popularized the practice of drinking tea. The temple hosts a meditation session and religious talk on the second Sunday of every month.

【Kenninji Temple】
●Address:Komatsu-cho, Shijo-sagaru, Yamatooji-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto ●Phone:075-561-6363 ●Hours:10:00 am to 4:30 pm (gate closes at 5:00 pm) *FromNovember through February, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (gate closes at 4:30). ●Admission:Adults ¥500, middle and high school students ¥300 Closed:December 28 to 31 Directions:500m to the southeast of Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

Kamo River

Kamo River

The Kamo River, which flows slowly through the center of Kyoto, had been the source of many floods over the course of the city’s long history.

【Kamo River】
●Directions: Hankyu Kawaramachi Station getting off

Ninen-zakaStreet

Ninen-zakaStreet

This sloping street, home to souvenir shops selling miscellaneous Japanese merchandise, pickled vegetables, and Japanese sweets, is steeped in the atmosphere of old Kyoto.

【Ninen-zakaStreet】
●Directions:2km to the southeast of Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

Chorakukan

Chorakukan

The Chorakukan was built in 1909 by the remarkable businessman Kichibee Murai to serve as his villa. Today, you can enjoy a leisurely cup of tea in a gorgeous space that was also used as a guesthouse.

【Chorakukan】
●Address:Maruyama Park, Gion, Higashiyama-ku,Kyoto
●Phone:075-561-0001
●Hours (cafe):10:00 am to 8:30 pm(last order) Closed (cafe):Open year-round ●Directions:1km to the west of Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

Cafe Marble

Cafe Marble

Located in a remodeled Kyoto town house that was built about 100 years ago, Cafe Marble has retained architectural features such as the original structure’s wooden floors and its Showa-era lamps. Be sure to try the vegetable-filled quiche and freshly baked tarts.

【Cafe Marble】
●Address:378 Nishimae-cho, Takakurahigashi-iru, Bukkoji-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto ●Phone:075-634-6033 ●Hours:11:30 am to 10:00 pm (Sundays, to 8:00 pm)
 *Last order:30 minutes before closing time.Closed:Wednesdays
●Directions:300m to the south of Hankyu Karasuma Station

Map Kawaramachi Karasuma Click here

Passes A Hankyu rail pass is a great way to tour Kyoto.Click here

Inquire directly to the various spots mentioned here in regards to the temples,shrines,shops and facilities.