THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships
From 02/20 to 02/26
Money prize: $ 50,000
Surface: Hard indoor
Location: Shimadzu Arena Kyoto – Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8334, Giappone
How to get: Shimadzu Arena enjoys a very good position in Kyoto at just 7 km from downtown. An important attraction like Golden Pavilion is far 2,2 km. Kyoto doesn’t have its own airport but it’s served by Kensai International Airport in Osaka prefecture (at about 1 hr by train).
Previous winners: 2016 Yuichi Sugita – 2015 Michal Przysiezny – 2014 Martin Fischer (Aut) – 2013 John Millman – 2012 Tatsuma Ito – 2011 Dominik Meffert
Main players: Yuichi Sugita (Jpn) – Ruben Bemelmans (Bel) – Grega Zemlja (Slo) – Cedrik Marcel Stebe (Ger) – Andrew Witthington (Usa) – Blaz Kavcic (Slo) – Hiroki Moriya (Jpn) – Agustin Velotti (Arg) – Tatsuma Ito (Jpn) – Joris De Loore (Bel)
THE TOWN: Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a millennium, and carries a reputation as its most beautiful city. Most first impressions of the city will be of the urban sprawl of central Kyoto, around the ultra-modern glass-and-steel train station, which is itself an example of a city steeped in tradition colliding with the modern world. Nonetheless, the persistent visitor will soon discover its hidden beauty in the temples and parks which ring the city center, and find that the city has much more to offer.
Lonely Planet writes about Kyoto as a walk in mysterious places and its writer Kate Morgan explaines us the reason why she is in love with this huge city: “Having visited Kyoto many times, it still surprises and delights me. No matter how often I hear the ‘nightingale floors’ squeak beneath my feet at Nijō-jō, pad barefoot across tatami mats in ryokan, sip matcha in centuries-old tearooms, cycle through Arashiyama’s bamboo forest or drink convenience-store beer on the banks of the Kamo-gama, it’s a city I could never tire of. Yes, it’s an ancient Japanese woodblock print come to life with its geisha and impossibly pretty cherry-blossom trees, but it’s also a university town with a youthful feel and modernity breathing down its traditional neck.”
BEST 3 KYOTO ATTRACTIONS:
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
- Golden Pavilion
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Vessel Hotel Campana Kyoto Goyo. Rated 9.1 on Booking, this wonderful *** hotel is located in the Shimogyo Ward neighborhood in Kyoto, 1.8 km from Kyoto International Manga Museum and features a restaurant, a bike rental and the free wifi. The price of a standard double room is 75€ per night, which rises to 96€ per night in b&b.
- Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto. Excellent **** hotel rated 9.1 on Booking and situated in the real heart of Kyoto at walking distance from Imperial Palace and Gion area. This accomodation offers massages and concierge services, as well as a bar and a buffet restaurant with savory dishes. It features stylish modern accomodations with free wired internet access at prices which start from 142€ per night for a superior 26 mq2 double room.
- Hotel Granvia Kyoto. Amazing ***** hotel located at 3 minutes-walk to Kyoto Tower and rated 9.0 on Booking. The Granvia Kyoto boasts an indoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and 9 dining options. In the hotel are visible over 1000 art works. The price for a spacious and modern queen double room with chic decór is 233€ per night with free wifi included.
Enjoy this new Japanese Tennistrip adventure!