Footy-based Excuses to Come to Kyoto and Stay at Traditional Japanese Inns

G’day Footy Almanackers

I have been very busy and feel guilty for not commenting on your great writing or writing footy match reports. To be honest I need four more hours a day to do so!

Probably you might get bored after the AFL Grand Final? If so, your doctor will prescribe you to jump on the plane and to visit Kyoto.

As my friend Yvette writes here, we will welcome you to our traditional Japanese inns.

What are your excuses to visit Kyoto? Here are my thoughts by clubs:

Adelaide Crows fans: Your club is performing well this year. Why not celebrating in Kyoto with your family and friends with beer under red colour leaves?

Brisbane Lions fans: Haven’t you had a big party as the post match against Port Adelaide? If not, do so in Kyoto.

Bluebaggers (Carlton): You might get stressed with media due to their covering of coach Mick Malthouse. If so, you need to be healed by seeing different scenery and culture by visiting Kyoto to forget about the coaching issue and dysfunctional club board.

Collingwood fans: You might be releaved with this year’s performances and try to forget preseason predict that Nathan Backley will be axed at the end of the season. But you might still need fresh air in Kyoto?

Bomber fans: Are you sick and tired of media coverage of supplement scandal as well as how the issues have been handled? I am sorry to mention. Then you need to get refreshed to see traditional Japanese temples, shrines and buildings here in Kyoto to move on to the bright future.

Fremantle fans: It must be sad that Dockers were not able to win 10 matches in a row. Are you upset with losing against the likely forever ninth positioned Richmond? You can meditate at a temple to overcome the upset?

Catters (Geelong supporters): Are you feeling the downhill in the ladder? Why not visiting shrines to pray for Chris Scott and boys?

Gold Coast Suns fans: You got too much heat and sunburns as well as frustration of this year’s performances? Let’s get out of the beach to put yourself in the city surrouding with mountains. Indeed you will be healed by visiting traditional Japanese shrines and temples.

GWS supporters: Kyoto is popular with wide range of age groups. You young boys are doing well this year. You will need awards for all age groups and learn great history by visiting temples.

Hawthorn fans: You can learn meditation and relaxing methods by visiting temples and shiines. Then you can teach how to relax to Alastair Clarkson so that he can concentrate positively on powerful footy club.

Melbourne supporters: Paul Roos says that he will be fair to judge players to choose his squads (some players will be axed). Meanwhile you can gain power to improve your club’s performances by praying at shrines to help Roos’ hardwork. Also he can see Kyoto to clear his head before show efforts with coaching in the boundary line.

North Melbourne fans: You would be disappointed with this year’s performances that are not supposed to be. Stop jumping for a while at the off season and get relaxed in bamboo forests in Arashiyama.

Port Adelaide supporters: Power in 2015 seems to be reduced. You can gain power to support your club by riding a bike and/or going on a hike on some hills as well as by praying at shrines.

Fans for Tigerland (Richmond): After roaring so much this year, relaxing is needed as well as celebrating. It would be time to take onsen (hot springs) after seeing traditional Japanese stuff.

Sainters (St Kilda diehards): We are improving this year and will be strong again like when Ross Lyon was in charge. Let’s get hopes at shrines by throwing coins and praying for the second flag. Then you will feel Saints go marching in more times next year. Do not forget to see me. I am with you as a passionate St Kilda supporter. Let’s go marching in together in many places in Kyoto as well as have traditional Japanese foods.

Sydney Swans fans: You will get more blood in late autumn by seeing red coloured leaves. Boarding a slow train in Arashiyama that we have done is highly recommended. Also you cannot miss seeing traditional Japanese temples and shrines indeed.

West Coast supporters: You create strong dominance for WA clubs this year. As your aka are birds, you will enjoy seeing Fushimi Inari Shrine where you will need two hours to walk along the premise. Enjoy the view from the top of the hill as if you become an eagle to support your club.

Doggie fans: Bulldogs are doing well this year after huge off season shocking in 2014. Why not prasing Luke Beveridge and Bob Murphy for great jobs by seeing from different angle? Indeed shirines and temples are awaiting you and you will enjoy eating traditional Japanese cuisines to support powerful bulldogs. Get out the kennel and see Kyoto!

Now have you started wishing to visit Kyoto? If the answer is yes, I recommend you to stay at one of two traditional inns which I am working for. For further information and bookings, visit


Thanks for reading and hopefully see you here in Kyoto. And enjoy your footy in the 2015 season.

About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.


  1. Yvette Wroby says

    You are a star Yoshi, very funny and a unique angle on footy and Kyoto.


  2. Neil Anderson says

    “Get out of the Kennel and see Kyoto!” should be in the windows of all western suburb”s travel agencies. Very Australian and has a nice ring to it.
    This particular week it could say, ” Get out of the dog-house and see Kyoto.”

  3. G’day Yoshi. Hope you’re doing well. Now I know why we didn’t catch up in Wellington for the St Kilda V Carlton game !!!


  4. Bob Speechley says

    Thank you for the insights into Kyoto. It has always been one destination on my Bucket List and I would certainly visit Kyoto before anywhere else in Japan if I make it. As a Doggies supporter I should add that I was very impressed with the Saints turnaround in our match against them recently. Armitage in particular was quite outstanding.

  5. Hi Yvette, Neil, Glen and Bob,

    Thank you for all your comments.

    Yvette – Thanks for your compliment on my writing. Did you find any excuse or reason to come back to Japan?

    Neil – Your idea is so awesome as well as your slogan. Can I suggest you that the club can collaborate with travel agencies to orginise trips to Kyoto for Western Bulldogs supporters? Then the footy club can attract fans to visit here after the season is over.

    Glen – Yes, it is sad that I was not able to make a way to Wellington on Anzac Day this year. But I hope you enjoyed staying in Wellington even if we lost to Carlton.

    Bob – I hope your bucket list visiting Kyoto will become reality soon. I am so surprised we took over the lead after trailed by 55 points. Sorry for you. David Armitage has been doing well and I am sure he will be the next skipper. I watched the game yesterday afternoon and was impressed with his great work.

    Have a good week guys :)


  6. Hi Yoshi

    As Bombers and Dees supporters we took your advice and are in Kyoto to weather out the finals season!

    Where might we be lucky enough to see the grand final this Saturday in Kyoto?


  7. Hi Luke,

    Thanks for taking my advice and welcome to Kyoto!

    Unfortunately we have no place to watch the Grand Final in Kyoto. But a footy pub in Osaka called Coolabah is televising the Grand Final.

    As I comment on another article, I offer everyone to go to the Coolabah together for the Grand Final. Indeed I am going. Don’t be shy to join me. If you want to go to the Coolabah, can you please email me to discuss where and when to meet?



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