KYOTO WINTER SPECIAL
Dec. 1, 2009 to Mar. 30, 2010

Kyoto's cherry blossoms and fall leaves are a sight to behold,
but the city's magical winter is truly an extraordinarily special experience

Following great success in 2009, the City of Kyoto has embarked again on another unique Winter Special Campaign this year. An ever expanding wealth of opportunities for unforgettable experiences awaits you in Kyoto. Amongst other captivating winter events, the 'Hanatouro' festivities, where Kyoto's evening scenery is bathed in an enchanting lamplit glow, 'Tea Party with Maiko', which offers close interactions with Maiko, masters of understated conduct and traditional performing arts, and the 'Restaurant Winter Special', during which you can enjoy wholesome and visually spectacular cuisine to your heart's content, all at moderate prices. Furthermore, special offers at every hotel during this period make an economical stay in Kyoto possible. Come and immerse yourself in the timeless magic of winter in Kyoto!

Visit www.kyotowinterspecial.com/index.html for more details.


Hyatt Regency Kyoto's "Fourth Night Free" Promotion

From December 2009 to March 2010, Hyatt Regency Kyoto is offering a fourth night free plan to guests who plan to stay for several nights, receiving every fourth night free of charge. For instance, if guests stay more than eight nights, they will receive two complimentary nights.
Hyatt Regency Kyoto is located in the district of Higashiyama Shichijo, which has long been the cultural heart of Kyoto. In fact, this district is famous for its significant political and cultural history, led by Emperor Goshirakawa and Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and its beauty of prosperity and tradition still remains. The hotel opened its doors on March 15, 2006, and the hotel design, which was supervised entirely by world-renowned designer Mr. Takashi Sugimoto (Super Potato), expresses a modern interpretation of traditional Japanese aesthetics.
Three major Canadian press sources, who stayed at Hyatt Regency Kyoto last November, expressed that their most unforgettable experience was the dinner with Geiko and Maiko at the hotel restaurant, Touzan. Not only they could savour the western style cuisine combined with seasonal Kyoto ingredients, but they were also able to enjoy the dancing and singing performances of the Geiko/Maiko and participated in traditional games with them.
For more information, please visit http://kyoto.regency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/

Enjoy Zen Meditation and a Cup of Tea in the Comfort of Shunko-in Temple

If you wish to experience the Zen spirit first-hand, please come visit Shunko-in Temple (Temple of the Ray of Spring Light). It belongs to the Myoshinji Temple complex, the largest of Japan's 14 Rinzai sects. The temple was established in 1590 by Yoshiharu Horio, a daimyo (feudal lord) of Matsue Province, the present-day Shimane Prefecture. The temple houses a number of important historical properties that reflect the multifaceted religious and artistic atmosphere of Japan in the 16th century. It also played a key role in the spread of Japanese Zen Buddhism around the world in the early 20th century.

The most recommended experience at Shunko-in Temple:

Enjoy an English guided temple tour and try Zen meditation

Zen meditation (zazen) is one of the most interesting and profound Japanese cultural experiences. You can try Zen meditation after enjoying a temple tour during which you learn about traditional Japanese art and garden design, as well as the temple's historical background. Instructions are provided in English by the temple's vice-abbot, Rev. Kawakami. Then you can have a chance to seek inner peace during a 45-minute Zen meditation session. A bowl of matcha green tea and Japanese sweets will be served at the end of the session. Reservation is required, and a contribution of 2,000 yen (about Cdn $23) per person is made to the temple.

Stay in the comfort at the temples and experience a memorable night in Kyoto

New accommodations were opened in the temple precinct. Two western style rooms are available with a private toilet, shower room, table and chairs, and futon beds. The guests can also use the fully equipped kitchen located in the same complex. Reservation is required, and a contribution of 5,000 yen (approx. Cdn $58) per person per night is made to the temple.
For further information, please visit www.shunkoin.com

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