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HIDDEN PATHS Walking Historical Kyoto

HIDDEN PATHS - Walking Historical Kyoto Books.

ABOUT HIDDEN PATHS - Walking Historical Kyoto

Kyoto is a city rich in history. A lot of the physical evidence of that history has though long since disappeared as it is also a city that has witnessed the ravages of fire, earthquakes, and civil wars. It is said to be a spiritual land, chosen as the capital city for the emperor Kammu to take up residence in the year 794. Surrounded almost totally on the north, east, and west sides by mountains and wooded hills, to the south the land stretches out to Osaka. With its narrow streets, mix of old and new architecture, peaceful rivers, and close at hand nature, it is a city that holds on to its past tightly whilst embracing the future with open arms. This series of books does not serve to give an in-depth historical story of Kyoto or even of the areas that the walks are situated in. These books are a taster, a guide to open the doors to the curious who want to see some of the city and suburbs that may be hidden by either time or modern life.

Regardless of which ever part of Kyoto you find yourself in, you will always find a story. With these books it is hoped that the reader will use these walks to take it upon themselves to delve deeper. In these volumes the walks that have been chosen all played a role in a significant part of Kyoto’s history and also still bear physical evidence or scars in many of the locations from when that history actually happened. Read the descriptions either before starting the walks or as you go along, take your time to enjoy each part, many of the locations have more information on site, and most of all enjoy Kyoto!

HIDDEN PATHS - Walking Historical Kyoto now offer guided walks. See below or contact for details.

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HIDDEN PATHS - Walking Historical Kyoto Books


Volume 1

The first in the HIDDEN Paths - Walking Historical Kyoto series featuring four walks in Kyoto City and surrounding areas. 


Volume 2

This second book in the HIDDEN PATHS - Walking Historical Kyoto series features three new Kyoto walks plus an Updates & Additions section to Volume 1.


Volume 3

As well as three new Kyoto walks Volume 3 of the HIDDEN PATHS - Walking Historical Kyoto series includes some locations of a paranormal nature!


Volume 4

The series continues with the fourth volume of HIDDEN PATHS. As well as a historical walk in the city centre, this book takes you on hikes in search of a forgotten shrines plus ghostly samurai. 


HIDDEN PATHS - Walking Historical Kyoto


Includes 12 walking routes. History, nature, mountains, city streets, battle sites, paranormal! HIDDEN PATHS Omnibus Edition has it all!

- HIDDEN PATHS - Walking Historical Kyoto Volume 5

The Unexplained With Howard Hughes - HIDDEN PATHS, Walking Historical Kyoto.

HIDDEN PATHS author Phillip Jackson

HIDDEN PATHS - Walking Historical Kyoto author and guide Phillip Jackson talks with Howard Hughes on the globally popular podcast show The Unexplained about strange, ghostly tales of Kyoto, and Japanese folklore.

This show was aired February 2020. Click on the button below to hear the show and learn about the darker side of Kyoto!


Paranormal Kansai is a book that covers stories of mystery and unexplained phenomena across the western region of Japan called Kansai. Taking in the prefectures of Kyoto, Osaka, Shiga, Mie, Wakayama, Hyogo, and Nara, this compendium of tales features chilling ghost tales, sightings of UFO's, cryptozoology, and megaliths thought to be of Ancient Alien origin. 


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