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Kyoto, the center of Japan culture, is also an international tourist destination and is visited by many people from overseas. And many tourist spots in Kyoto have different origins. Not only that, but there are also changes in the means of transportation and the people who entertain tourists visiting Kyoto. Let's think about a trip to Kyoto with you.

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Outline of the event

In the middle of the Edo period, people began to visit the mountain and perform sightseeing excursions such as hot spring cures. This is considered the beginning of a tourist trip. In modern times, with the development of transportation routes centered on railways, people began to enjoy traveling even more. Students on school trips from all over the country must have made memories of their school life in Kyoto. And guidebooks and souvenirs for tourists to get were born. Today, as an international tourist destination, Kyoto attracts travelers from all over the world. The spirit of "Omotenashi" is transmitted from Kyoto to the rest of the world. Let's think together about our gaze on Kyoto's journey across time and space.

2014 Kyoto Studies Course "Traveling in Kyoto ~Gaze of Sightseeing~"

Saturday, May 24, 2014 ~ Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:30~12:00 *10
+ 2 practical lectures
Campus Plaza Kyoto 5F Lecture Room 1
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1st session: Saturday, May 24, 2014 Tourism from Overseas: Kyoto's Popular Spots and Their Transformation

Lecturer: Norio Murata (Researcher, Bukkyo University)

Kyoto is one of the Japan's leading tourist destinations, and many international travelers come every year. What kind of sightseeing spots will they visit in Kyoto? And what kind of activities are you looking for? This time, I would like to introduce popular tourist spots for tourists from overseas in modern Kyoto. I would also like to consider how the route around such sightseeing spots has been formed.

Part 2: Saturday, May 31, 2014 "Yes, Kyoto, let's go." -The past 20 years and the future-

Lecturer: Tatsuya Asai (Group Leader, Tourism Development Group, Sales Division, Central Japan Railway Company)

The "Yes, Kyoto, Let's Go" campaign started in the fall of Heisei 5, and thanks to you, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the campaign last fall. While viewing the visuals of nostalgic commercials and posters, we will talk about what we have been thinking about and running the campaign to invite customers mainly from the Tokyo metropolitan area to Kyoto, and how we are working for the next 20 years.

3rd session: Saturday, June 7, 2014 School Trip and Modern Kyoto: Nara Women's Higher Normal School Experience

Lecturer: Hiroshi Takagi (Professor, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University)

From the end of the Meiji era to the Taisho period, Nara Women's Higher Normal School visited shrines and temples and famous places such as Honganji Temple, Toyokuni Shrine, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Sagano and Uji, as well as Kyoto Imperial University, the Museum of Art, Nishijin weaving and Kiyomizu ware observation facilities, and Lake Biwa Canal and other places related to cutting-edge scholarship and industry. In the 20th century, the purpose of school trips changed from physical training to on-site education on scenic spots using railways. School trips at elementary schools in Kyoto City have also become established. I want to think about modern Kyoto from a school trip.

4th session: Saturday, June 21, 2014 Sightseeing Mountains in the Edo Period: Famous Places and Cities Seen from Famous Places Guide and Diaries

Lecturer: Akihiro Tsukamoto (Associate Professor, Department of Socio-Arts and Sciences, University of Tokushima)

In the Edo period, Kyoto was a tourist city where people from all over the country came to see things as much as today. Many diaries, which correspond to current travel guidebooks and diaries, describing personal travels, were created throughout the Edo period, and they are useful historical materials that convey the state of sightseeing in Kyoto at that time. In this lecture, I would like to approach the state of Kyoto's famous places from these historical materials and its appearance as a tourist city from macro and micro perspectives using the latest digital maps.

5th session: Saturday, July 12, 2014 Travel Miyage: Japan Modern Era as Seen from Specialties

Lecturer: Yuichiro Suzuki (Rikkyo University Rikkyo Gakuin Historical Archives Center)

Today, the souvenir culture that we can see in various tourist spots is quite unique from a global perspective. There is also a big difference between the souvenirs that can be seen in Japan today and the specialties of the Edo period. In this course, we will clarify the formation of souvenir culture in modern Japan and its relationship with modern devices such as railways, expositions, and armies, through abundant examples from various places such as Yatsubashi and other Kyoto specialties, Akafuku in Ise, and Abe River mochi in Shizuoka.

6th session: Saturday, October 4, 2014 The Pleasure of Traveling: Entertainment in Kyoto in the Edo Period

Lecturer: Hiroyoshi Yamachika (Professor, Osaka Kyoiku University)

Since the middle of the Edo period, Kyoto has often been said to have become a tourist city. According to the records of the trip, it seems that sightseeing in Kyoto at that time was centered on visiting the historic sites of shrines and temples, just as it is now. At the same time, Kyoto at that time was home to a variety of shops, restaurants, and entertainment of various performing arts. The existence of these facilities and entertainment shows is thought to have been one of the pleasures of traveling to Kyoto. In this lecture, I would like to introduce these situations while showing specific materials.

7th session: Saturday, October 18, 2014 Travel and Railways: Kyoto from the Perspective of Tourism and Folklorhythm

Lecturer: Toshihiko Saito (Associate Professor, Department of History and Culture, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University)

With the development of the modern railway network, the postal system and the media, folk events and folk performing arts in various regions were "discovered" and "hometowns" were created. In the 50s of the Showa era, with the "Discovery Japan" of the Japanese National Railways, railways once again made people aware of their "hometown" and "hometown". Under such circumstances, Kyoto became a major tourist destination based on the image of "the hometown of Japan." I would like to think together with you about the relationship between the history of technology and the history of media, which is the historical background of tourism, and the relationship between Kyoto, Kyoto tourism, and folkloism.

8th session: Saturday, November 1, 2014 Travel and visits to shrines and temples: The beginning of "famous places"

Lecturer: Teruhisa Sakai (Curator, Otowayama Kiyomizu-dera Temple)

From the end of the Middle Ages to the beginning of the early modern period, what we call "sights" appeared today. Kyoto came to be seen as a city full of these "famous places", and shrines and temples became the center. Media inviting visitors to "famous places" will also appear one after another. These include pilgrimage mandalas, Rakuchu Rakugai maps, famous places, and guides. While introducing such media, we will trace the development of "famous places" and the spread of travel with Kiyomizu-dera Temple as a typical example.

9th meeting November 22, 2014 (Sat) Travel Guide: The Charm of Kyoto Tourist Guide

Lecturer: Shinichi Ukawa (Chairman, Kyoto Sky Tourist Guide Association)

Tourists come to Kyoto for a wide range of ages, from children to the elderly, and many of them often come to Kyoto because they admire the charm of Kyoto in each season. In addition, about 1 million students on school trips come every year as repeat customers in the future. Our guide association provides tourist guides to Kyoto for Japan tourists, and we would like to contribute to the increase in tourists in Kyoto in the future by conveying the state of tourists and the charm of guides through daily guides.

10th meeting Saturday, December 6, 2014 Stay in Kyoto Stay at a hotel〜126 years since its founding, Kyoto Hotel's tradition and tomorrow〜

Lecturer: Ikuo Ooka (Managing Director, Kyoto Hotel Co., Ltd.)

The first hotel in Kyoto is Nakamuraya in Gion, which opened in the first year of the Meiji era. Later, in Meiji 21, Kyoto Tokiwa, which followed the current Kyoto Hotel, opened in Kamogawa Nijo Ohashi Nishizume. Kyoto Tokiwa received the payment of the remains of the government facilities in Kawaramachi Nijo, and reopened as a newly built Western-style hotel as the KIOTO HOTEL in Meiji 23. It was a major international incident that Crown Prince Nicholas of Russia stayed at this hotel and encountered the Otsu Incident. In Taisho 14, the first Rotary club in Kyoto was established at the Kyoto Hotel. We will mainly introduce the history of hotels in Kyoto that have progressed with the times.

Practical course Saturday, July 12, 2014 Japanese sweets making experience

Lecturer: From Kanshundo

In this practical course, you will experience making "souvenirs" covered in the 5th lecture "Travel Miyage". At Kanshundo, which was founded in 1865, craftsmen teach traditional Kyoto confectionery making. The finished seasonal Japanese sweets are served with matcha. In addition, Professor Toru Yagi of the Faculty of History of Bukkyo University will accompany us and listen to the story of the Gion Festival and sweets.

Practical lecture Saturday, December 6, 2014 How to enjoy French cuisine and choose wine

Lecturer: Kyoto Hotel Okura Pitresque

At the French restaurant "Pitresque" on the 17th floor of the Kyoto Hotel Okura, the head chef will talk about how to enjoy French cuisine and the sommelier will talk about how to choose wine. In a calm atmosphere overlooking the city of Kyoto and Higashiyama, please enjoy French cuisine and wine made with seasonal ingredients to your heart's content.


This course consists of 10 relay lectures. As shown in (1) ~ (2) below, you can apply for courses at once, as well as apply for each course. Currently, we only accept applications for one course.

(1) Apply all 10 times at once (closed)

Admission Fee
10,000 yen (10 sessions in total)
* A separate tuition fee is required for 2 practical courses.
*Free of charge for regular students (excluding graduate students, majors, and correspondence course students) of Consortium Kyoto member universities and junior colleges and students of the Open University of Japan Kyoto Learning Center.
Necessary documents
□ Kyoto College Application Form
1 photo for □ Kyoto College membership card (3cm long ×3cm wide)
Period of acceptance
□ mail: March 8, 2014 (Sat) ~ March 22, 2014 (Sat)
Address: 〒600-8216 Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Nishinotoin-dori Shiokoji Campus Plaza Kyoto University Consortium Kyoto
□ March 19 (Thu) ~ March 22 (Sat), 2014 10 a.m. ~ 4 p.m.
□Web Saturday, March 15, 2014 ~ Friday, March 21, 2014
* If the capacity (250 people) is exceeded, the possibility of taking the course will be decided by lottery. We will inform you of the results by mail around the end of April. We will also inform you how to pay the course fee and how to apply for the practical course.
Practical Courses
□Saturday, July 12, 2014 13:45-15:00 Capacity: 40 people (Participation fee: 2,160 yen)
□Saturday, December 6, 2014 13:30-15:00 Capacity: 35 people (Participation fee: 8,000 yen)
* If there are too many applicants, a lottery will be held.

(2) Apply for each course

Admission Fee
1,500 yen (1 time)
* You cannot apply for the practical course.
*Free of charge for regular students (excluding graduate students, majors, and correspondence course students) of Consortium Kyoto member universities and junior colleges and students of the Open University of Japan Kyoto Learning Center.
How to apply
Please apply at the venue on the day of the event.
Practical Courses
You cannot apply for a hands-on course.

Contact information

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