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51 Tourist Spots in Kyoto

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Introducing recommended sightseeing spots for a trip in Kyoto.

Full of must-see places of Kyoto that is a treasure warehouse of history and culture, including popular classic spots, such as Kiyomizu Dera Temple and Arashiyama, and unexpected hidden spots.

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Now, Time Visit Kyoto That Improves Its Charm Day by Day

Charms of Kyoto, the one of the best sightseeing places of Japan, after all, are streetscapes that you can feel history, and numerous of temples and shrines.

When you walk in Gion, you can indulge in elegance on cobble paving street, and when in the ground of Kiyomizu Dera Temple, you can fully feel the history of Heian solemnly.

It is also a rare area where you can enjoy the elegance of each season throughout of a year.

Foreign tourists increase, and it is more and more improving the charm as the sightseeing spot.

Now is the time that you will find a new aspect of Kyoto as well as a hidden spot.

Why don’t you try exploring in Kyoto?

Gion/Higashiyama Area

It is the area where embraces Gion and Kiyomizu Dera Temple, the center of history sightseeing of Kyoto.

There remains elegant landscape that suits the best to the expression of “Hannari (graceful and elegant)”, and you may occasionally meet with apprentice geishas(Maiko) on a street if you are lucky.

Kiyomizu Dera Temple / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

Kiyomizu Dera Temple is the sightseeing spot that represents Kyoto.

It is registered as the world heritage.

There, including the three-story pagoda in the middle surface of Otowa-san Mountain, the main building known for the stage of Kiyomizu, and the inner sanctuary, are forming the massive temple buildings.

Let’s enjoy the view of Kyoto city streets from “the stage of Kiyomizu” after your worship.

*The main building of Kiyomizu Dera Temple is now covered with a temporary roof as scaffolding for repairing.(2019/07)

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Opening hours
6AM to 6PM * Varies according to periods.

Admission fee
Adult 400 Yen, Elementary and junior high school student 200 Yen

Access
About 10 minutes walk after getting off at Gojozaka stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Jishu Jinja Shrine / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

It is a Chinju-sha (Shinto shrine on Buddhist temple grounds dedicated to the tutelary deity of the area) located in the north side of the main building of Kiyomizu Dera Temple.

It is famous as Gods of love and relationships and there is crowded with worshipers that wish for good relationship.

Walking from the stone with your eyes closed and if you can reach safely to the stone of the other side, it is said that your prayer for love will come true.

The Koiuranai-no-ishi (love fortune stones) is very popular.

Let’s try challenging.

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Opening hours
9AM to 5PM

Admission fee
Free (Required separately admission fee at Kiyomizu Dera Temple)

Access
About 10 minutes walk after getting off at Gojozaka stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Ninen zaka slope, Sannei zaka slope, Kiyomizu zaka slope / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

Continuing from Kiyomizu Zaka through Sannei Zaka to Ninen Zaka slopes, the approach of Kiyomizu Dera Temple is the one of the best sightseeing streets, crowded with many visitors throughout of a year.

There are many cute shops, including souvenirs, desserts, and Japanese miscellaneous goods, lined up along the slope streets of elegance.

As there is a tourist information center “Musubiya” along Ninen Zaka slope, and as you can use a rest room, it is convenient to a short break during your strolling.

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Access
(Ninen Zaka slope) About 7 minutes walk after getting off at Kiyomizu Michi stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Kodaiji Temple / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

It is the temple built by Kitanomandokoro Nene, a legal wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and it is also known and loved as “Nene’s temple”.

It is also famous as a sightseeing spot for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, and it will be illuminated during each of the best season.

An elegant cobble path, spread with granite, “Nene’s path” is also recommended for strolling.

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Opening hours
9AM to 5:30PM (Last entrance at 5PM)

Admission fee
Adult 600 Yen, Junior and high school student 250 Yen

Access
About 5 minutes walk after getting off at Higashiyama Yasui stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Kenninji Temple / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

It is the oldest temple of the Zen sect in Kyoto.

Created by Sotatsu Tawaraya, a famous national treasure, “the image of Wind God and Thunder God” (a replica) is a must-see.

After you worship, please for sure try experiencing transcribing a sutra that you can join even without reservation (donation for transcribed sutra submission is 1,000 Yen).

Also, there are Zen sitting meditation experiencing held by free of charge from 8AM on every second Sunday of a month.

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Opening hours
10AM to 4:30PM (Gate close at 5PM) * Until 4PM (Gate close at 4:30PM) during November through February

Admission fee
General 500 Yen, Junior and high school student 300 Yen, Elementary school student 200 Yen

Access
About 5 minutes walk after getting off at Higashiyama Yasui stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Yasui Konpiragu Shrine / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

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With the distinctive and noticeable “power stone monument for breaking off bad and initiating good relationships”, the shrine breaks off bad relationship and initiates good relationship.

After you worship at the main hall, write down your prayer, including relationship that you like to break off, and relationship that you like to start, on “Katashiro (a substitution charm)”.

And holding the katashiro with reciting your prayer, you go under the stone from the front to back, then from the back to front, and lastly when you stick the katashiro onto the monument, it is completed.

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Access
Right just after getting off at Higashiyama Yasui stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Yasaka Jinja Shrine / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

Known and loved as the shrine where you can receive the benefit for warding off of evil, prevention of a plague, and thriving business, it is a guardian deity of Kyoto town.

It is also famous for Gion Matsuri (Gion Festival) that is counted as the one of the three largest festivals of Japan, and there are held Yamahoko Junko (procession of Gion Festival Floats) marched by 33 floats on July 17th and 24th as the high-light of the festival that is held for a good one month of July.

“Yamahoko, the float ceremony of the Kyoto Gion festival” is registered in the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.

八坂神社There is sprung out sacred water in front of the shrine building, and it is popular as “beauty water”, which improves skin health and mind beauty.

You cannot also miss a votive tablet of cute heart shape.

Also, Dokakuji(Bronze Pavilion) Temple is near Yasaka Jinja Shrine.

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Right just after getting off at Gion stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Gion (Hanamikojidoori street) / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

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It is the street running in the center of Gion Machi town from south to north, it extends from Sanjo Dori street at the north until a front of Kenninji Temple at the south.

There are Ochaya (a tea house) and Japanese restaurants traditionally as in the past lined up in an area from Shijo Dori street till Kenninji Temple.

And there expands graceful streetscape with atmosphere of Hanamachi (geisha district) elegance.

You may happen to see Geisha and apprentice geisha.

As there are many popular Japanese coffee shops and dessert shops around here, why don’t you stop by, while you are strolling?

Note that sometimes Maiko dressed tourists are walking.

Actually, tourists ask if it is fine to take photos to them, and such tourists are refused, being said like this “sorry I’m Korean”…

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Access
Right just after getting off at Gion stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Minamiza / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

Stood at the foot of Shijo Ohashi Bridge, it is the theater proud of tradition and history of about 400 years.

It is said that it is the origin place of Kabuki, where Izumo no Okuni began “Kabuki dance”.

The building that is designated as the national registered tangible cultural treasure is much worth to see.

 

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Access
Right from Gion Shijo station of Keihan Main line

 

Around Kyoto station Area

Around Kyoto station that is a gateway of a trip, there gather many spots that a family can enjoy, including Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium.

You cannot also miss the fulfillment of Kyoto station building.

Kyoto station building / Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City

The new station building opened in 1997 is the one of the largest class of complexed facility as the station building facility.

There all gather facilities, including a hotel, a department store, and cultural facility.

As there are also many variety shops and restaurants in the station building, it is very convenient to get Kyoto souvenirs even when you are on your way home.

Lunch boxes and desserts are also satisfactory fulfilled.

Kyoto Tower / Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is the first landmark of Kyoto that you see, when you get off at Kyoto station.

The tower of 131 meter height was built with an image of a light house, and from the observation room of 100 meter height from the ground, you can enjoy the view of 360 degrees and overlook the whole city streets of Kyoto.

Inside the building, there are restaurants and souvenir shops, and items of “Tawawa chan (a character designed of Kyoto Tower)” are must-see.

There is also a big public bath underground, and it is recommended to the one who arrived by an express intercity bus.

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Opening hours
9AM to 9PM (Last entrance at 8:40PM)  A big public bath 7AM to 10PM (Last entrance at 9:30PM)

Admission fee
Adult 770 Yen, High school student 620 Yen, Elementary and junior high school student 520 Yen, Toddler 150 Yen

A big public bath Adult weekdays 750 Yen Sat/Sun/holiday 890 Yen, Kid (Elder than 2 years old and younger than elementary school student) all days 450 Yen

Access
About 2 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station (Direct through under-path of Kyoto station)

Kyoto Aquarium / Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is the big aquarium of inland-type that was the first in Japan.

You can observe aquatic lives, while feeling close history and natural features of Kyoto.

As there is also prepared the exhibition of a woodland mountain near a village that reproduced the natural ecosystem, you may forget that you are in the center of Kyoto.

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Opening hours
10AM to 6PM  * Hours will be extended during some long holidays.

Admission fee
Adult 2,050 Yen, College and High school student 1,550 Yen, Elementary and junior high school student 1,000 Yen, Toddler 600 Yen

Access
About 15 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station

Kyoto Railway Museum / Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City

It opened in April, 2016, with the concept of “the hub of railway culture that progresses with its community”.

Everybody can enjoy by “look, touch, and experience”, as its center exhibit, including an experiencing exhibit “the SL Steam”, that makes you ride on cars towed by a real locomotive.

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Opening hours
10AM to 5:30PM  (Last entrance at 5PM)

Holiday
Wednesday (Opens if national holiday, spring break, summer breaks, etc), around the new year’s day

Admission fee
Adult 1,200 Yen, College and High school student 1,000 Yen, Elementary and junior high school student 500 Yen, Toddler 200 Yen

Access
About 20 minutes walk from JR Kyoto station

Togukuji Temple / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

Located at the foot of Tsukinowa Yama Mountain, it is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.

The principal image is Shaka Nyorai (Gautama Buddha), and there are Garan (temple buildings) and Tatchu (sub temples) in a wide temple ground.

It is known as a famous spot for autumn leaves, and there are about 2000 Kaede (Japanese maple) trees on the ground.

A view especially from “Tsutenkyo bridge” is overwhelming.

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Opening hours
9AM to 4PM  Opens at 8:30AM from November through early December, closes at 3:30PM from early December through the end of March (Gate closes after 30 minutes)

Admission fee
General 400 Yen, Elementary and junior high school student 300 Yen

Access
About 10 minutes walk from JR/Keihan Tofukuji stations

Rengeouin Temple (Sanjusangen-do temple) / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

In the main building of 118 meter length, with centered the seated statue of Senju Kanon (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with a 1000 arms), a national treasure, it is a magnificent view that one thousand standing statues of Senju Kanon (the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy with a 1000 arms) are lined up.

Every Kanon statue has different face a bit by bit, and it is also told that there is surely a similar statue as someone you want to meet with.

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Opening hours
8AM to 5PM   From November 16th through March it opens from 9AM to 4PM (Admission closes at 30 minutes before)

Admission fee
General 600 Yen, Junior and high school student 400 Yen, Elementary school student 300 Yen

Access
Right after getting off at Hakubutsu kan Sanjusangen-do mae stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Kyoto National Museum / Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City

It stores about 12000 items with centered to cultural treasures related to Kyoto, the thousand years of capital.

In the Heisei Chishinkan Wing, as the exhibits are constantly replaced, you can see numbers of famous items that are stored in the museum.

A symbol of the museum, Meiji Kotokan Hall was designed by Tokuma Katayama, and is designated as the national important cultural treasure as the building constructed with bricks in baroque style.

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Opening hours
9:30AM to 5PM   During special exhibition period opens until 6PM.  Opens until 8PM on Fri/Sat. (Last entrance before 30 minutes)

Holiday
Monday (Opens if Monday is a national holiday, and closes on the next Tuesday), around the new year’s day

Admission fee
Varies depending on the exhibits

Access
Right after getting off at Hakubutsu kan Sanjusangen-do mae stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Around Kinkakuji Temple

It is the must-sightseeing area of Kyoto where three World Heritages gather.

Let’s enjoy slowly and completely the beautiful temples and gardens.

Kinkakuji Temple / Kita Ward, Kyoto City

It is a temple of the Shokokuji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, and although it is famous in the name of “Kinkakuji Temple”, it is officially called as Rokuonji Temple.

It has different building styles in each three layer, and the appearance that is made of 200 thousands gold foils is so beautiful that gathers attention from people all over the world.

If you visit to Kyoto for the first time, it is the famous place that you cannot miss.

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Opening hours
9AM to 5PM

Admission fee
Older than high school student 400 Yen, Elementary and junior high school student 300 Yen

Access
Right after getting off at Kinkakuji michi stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Ninnaji temple / Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City

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It is the head temple of the Omuro school of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism.

There are numbers of temple buildings lined up, including Kondo (Golden main hall) of the national treasure, the Nio-mon gate that ensconced Kongorikishi statues both left and right sides, Goten (palace), and five-story pagoda.

There are woods of Omuro Zakura (cherry blossoms) that is famous for the last blooming cherry blossoms spot in Kyoto, and these are known and loved by people since the past.

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Opening hours
9AM to 5PM.  During December through February: 9AM to 4:30PM (Last admission at 30 minutes before)

Admission fee(palace)
Older than high school student 500 Yen, Elementary and junior high school student 300 Yen

Access
About three minutes walk from Omuro Ninnaji station of Keifuku Electric Railroad

Ryoanji Temple / Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City

A famous temple of Zen sect.

Hojo Teien garden that is famous as a stone garden is the beautiful Karesansui garden (a traditional Japanese dry garden) that is made only with 15 stones and white sands in an area of 75 tsubo (247.93 square meters) surrounded by roofed mud walls.

It was made with elaborate calculation that you cannot see all the 15 stones at one time.

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Opening hours
8AM to 5PM.  During December through February: 8:30AM to 4:30PM

Admission fee
Adult/ High school student 500 Yen, Elementary and junior high school student 300 Yen

Access
About 7 minutes walk after getting off at Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae (Ritsumeikan Univ.) of city bus from JR Kyoto station

About 7 minutes walk from Ryoanji station of Keifuku Electric Railroad

Kinukake Road / Kita Ward, Kyoto City

This is the road of about 2.5 kilometer, connecting three World Heritages, including Kinkakuji Temple, Ryoanji Temple, and Ninnaji temple.

There are temples and shrines, including Tojiin Temple and Myoshinji Temple, besides, also many restaurants and coffee shops.

Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, Nishijin, and Kyoto Imperial Palace

It is the center place of once capital, including Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Nijo-jo Castle.

It is an area of charm also for richness of green, including popular temples and shrines for energy vortex, places along Kamogawa River, and “Tadasu no Mori Forest”.

Kamigamo-jinja Shrine / Kita Ward, Kyoto City

It was built as a tutelary deity of a powerful family, Kamo Clan, who lived in this place since before of the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo.

Since the built of shrine building in 678, it has been revered for more than 1300 years, and is the one of the oldest shrine in Kyoto.

It is registered to the World Heritage.

It is also famous as the energy vortex, there are many spots to see in the wide ground, including Tatesuna (the two cone-shaped sand mounds) that is shaped as Koyama Mountain where Gods descended, and “Kataoka sha Shrine”, Gods of love and relationship, that is told that even Murasaki Shikibu had visited and worshiped.

There is held “Aoi-matsuri (Hollyhock Festival)”, the one of the three large festivals of Kyoto, on May 15th every year, and people in the appearance of the Heian nobles march from Kyoto Imperial Palace towards Kamigamo Jinja Shrine.

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Opening hours
Inside of the second Torii gate 5:30AM to 5PM

Access
Right after getting off at Kamigamo Jinja of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Shimogamo Jinja Shrine / Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City

Kamotaketsunomi-no-mikoto, the grandfather of, and Tamayorihime-no-mikoto, the mother of Kamo-wake-ikazuchi-no-Kami, who is enshrined in Kamigamo Jinja Shrine, are enshrined here.

It is also famous for the wide primeval forest “Tadasu no Mori Forest” that appears in “The Tale of Genji (a classic work of Japanese literature written by Murasaki Shikibu)”, and is also famous for “Yabusame (the art of shooting arrows on horseback) Shinto ritual” that is held as a pre-ritual event of Aoi Festival on May 3rd every year.

There is “Kawai-jinja Shrine” known as prayer for beautiful woman near Shimogamo Jinja Shrine.

While praying as “wish to become beautiful”, you will dedicate a votive tablet of mirror made up with cosmetics that you usually use.

And it is popular among women.

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Opening hours
During summer season: 5:30AM to 6PM, during winter season: 6:30AM to 5PM

Access
Right after getting off at Shimogamo Jinja-mae of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Kitano Tenmangu Shrine / Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is the head shrine of Tenmangu shrines in Japan, where enshrines Duke Michizane Sugawara, who is God of learning.

It is revered as the origin place of Tenjin faith, and now people become more devoutly religious as God of academic achievement, improvement of arts and sciences, and warding off of evil and disaster, and many students who are preparing for taking examinations visit and worship.

It is also famous place for plum blossoms, and you can fully enjoy red and white plum blossoms around February through March.

Also, on the 25th day of every month, there is held “Tenjin-ichi (market)” (Tenjin-san), and there will be lined up many street stands in the ground.

It is recommended as you can get antique items and antique kimonos with low price.

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Opening hours
Open and close hours of two-story gate: April to September: 5AM to 6PM, October to March: 5:30AM to 5:30PM

Tenjin-ichi market: On the 25th day of every month: around 6AM to around 9PM

Access
Right after getting off at Kitano Tenmangu-mae of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Orinasukan Fabrics Museum / Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City

Stood at a corner of Nishijin that is a town of fabrics, it is the museum of handwoven.

You can observe process of handwoven of Nishijin Ori and weaving process of kimono obi (sash belt), and besides, handwoven fabrics nationwide are exhibited.

If you make a reservation (more than three persons and with charges), you can also experience hand weaving.

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Opening hours
Tuesday through Sunday: 10AM to 4PM

Closed on Monday (opens if national holiday), around the new year’s day

Admission fee
Adult: 500 Yen, High school student: 400 Yen

Hand weaving experience: 5,000 Yen per person

Access
About 7 minutes walk after getting off at Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae (Ritsumeikan Univ.) of city bus from JR Kyoto station

About five minutes walk after getting off at Senbon Kamidachiuri stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Kyoto Gyoen National Garden / Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is a vast park of about four kilometer circumference, surrounding Kyoto Imperial Palace.

It is said that about 50 thousand trees are growing in the park, and you can enjoy strolling throughout four seasons, including plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, peach blossoms, and Japanese maple leaves.

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Opening hours
Opens all day

Access
Right from Marutamachi station and Imadegawa station of subway.

Nijo-jo Castle / Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is the castle that in Keicho 8 (1603), Ieyasu Tokugawa started building as protection of Kyoto Imperial Palace and as accommodation for entry of the shogunate to Kyoto, and Iemitsu, the third Tokugawa shogun, had finished building.

There are some spots to see, including construction that makes you feel massive power of Tokugawa family, wall paintings, and Karamon gate of which sculpture is splendid.

Ninomaru Palace Hall, where Yoshinobu, the 15th Tokugawa Shogun, made an announcement of the Restoration of Imperial Rule is also a must-see.

In spring, there bloom cherry blossoms everywhere in the castle, and it will be embraced by flowery atmosphere.

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Opening hours
8:45AM to 4PM.  (Gate closes at 5PM)

Holiday
December 26th through January 4th, every Tuesday in December, January, July and August.  (If national holiday, closes on the next day.)

Admission fee
General: 600 Yen, Junior and High school student 350 Yen, Elementary school student 200 Yen

Access
Right from Nijo-jo-mae station of subway

Sanjo / Shijo Area

Restaurants and coffee shops are newly opened one after another, and on the other hand, there remain many long-established shops.

It is the Kyoto’s best downtown where old and new fusion.

Nishiki Shijo (Market) / Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City

There are lined up some 130 stores on both sides of a narrow street, and it is Kyoto’s kitchen where you can find everything, including fresh foods, such as fresh fish, and processed foods, and food stuff of Kyo dishes.

As there are some shops where you can taste samples, and are some shops where you can eat as it is, you can also enjoy eating around while walking around.

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Access
About two minutes walk after getting off at Shijo Takakura stop of city bus from JR Kyoto station, about three minutes walk from Shijo station of Subway Karasuma line.

The Museum of Kyoto / Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is the museum built as a part of 1200 years’ commemoration project of the Heian capital establishment.

It is the comprehensive cultural facility that introduces understandably to culture and history of Kyoto.

There are varieties of special exhibits and introduction of excellent goods related to Kyoto, and playing also premier movies.

Design of the building is created by Kingo Tatsuno, who designed Tokyo station, and is of the former bank of Japan, Kyoto branch.

It has a presence as the modern western-style construction existing in Kyoto city street.

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Opening hours
Comprehensive exhibits: 10AM to 7:30PM, Special exhibits: 10AM to 6PM (till 7:30PM on Friday) * Last entrance 30 minutes before

Monday is holiday

Admission fee
General: 500 Yen, College student: 400 Yen, Younger than high school student: Free of charge

Access
About 3 minutes walk from subway Karasuma Okie station

Rokkakudo(hexagonal building) Temple / Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City

The old temple is conveyed as it was established by Shoutoku Taishi, and it is called as Rokkakudo (hexagonal building) Temple from the shape of the main building.

It is said that offering of flowers to Buddha developed to the art of flower arrangement by Ikenobo, the priest of the Rokkakudo Temple, so it is also known as the origin place of Ikebana (a flower arrangement).

Located in the center of sightseeing places of Kyoto, the spot is convenient to access from Nishiki Shijo Market and Shijo Kawaramachi.

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Opening hours
6AM to 5PM

Access
About 3 minutes walk from Subway Karasuma Oike station

Around Ginkakuji Temple

It is an area where you can enjoy strolling as the landscapes by four seasons are beautiful.

There also are many museums, so art-lovers must see.

Ginkakuji Temple / Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City

A mountain villa built by Yoshimasa Ashikaga (the eighth shogun during Muromachi Period (1336 – 1573)) was changed to a temple of Rinzai Sect after Yoshimasa passed away, and was named as Jishoji Temple.

The origin of name of Ginkakuji is said that in the Edo Period it became to be called as Ginkakuji Temple, compared to Kinkakuji Temple.  (Kin means gold, and Gin means silver in Japanese.)

It is a popular spot where you can feel the worldview of wabi (taste for the simple and quiet) and sabi (quiet simplicity), reflecting the sense of beauty of Yoshimasa.

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Opening hours
Summer season (March 1st to November 30th): 8:30AM to 5PM, Winter season (December 1st to the end of February): 9AM to 4:30PM

* Admissions may be changed when special observation.

Admission fee
Adult/ High school student: 500 Yen, Elementary and junior high school students: 300 Yen

Access
About 10 minutes walk after getting off at “Ginkakuji-michi (Ginkakuji Temple)” of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Heianjingu shrine / Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City

With Emperor Kanmu enshrined as deity, it was established in the Meiji 28 (1895) of 1100 years from the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo.

The shrine building, which stands on the ground spread with white sands, in vermilion and green is beautiful, and especially in spring, as cherry blossoms profoundly bloom, there will be crowded with tourists who gather with their camera on a hand.

“Jidai Matsuri Festival” held on October 22nd is famous, and the procession passes from Kyoto Imperial Palace to Heian Jingu Shrine with the sound of drums.

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Opening hours
6AM to 6PM. Varies depending on seasons.

Access
About 5 minutes walk after getting off at Okazaki Koen(park)/ Bijutsukan/ Heian Jingu-mae of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Higashitennou Okazaki Jinja Shrine / Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City

As enshrined deity was given many children of three girls and five boys, it is known as God of “Kosazuke and Anzan (the conception after the shrine visit, and easy delivery)”.

The area around here is a living place of hares since the past.

As hares are known and loved as a symbol of “Kosazuke and Anzan”, there are many statues of hares in the shrine ground.

So, it is also popular as “a hare shrine”.

When you pour water onto the Kosazuke hare statue, rub its belly, and say a prayer, it is said that you will be given many children and will be easy delivery.

Those things are popular to observe that such Kosazuke hare statues, a cute hare fortune slip, and guardian hares, not guardian dogs, of initiating a good relationship.

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Access
Getting off at Okazaki Jinja-mae of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Tetsugaku-no-michi Street (philosophers’ path) / Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is a path along a canal that continues from Nyakuouji Jinja Shrine to Ginkakuji Temple, and it is known that Kitaro Nishida, a philosopher representing Japan, meditated on the path, thus the name was taken after.

It is also popular as a famous place for cherry blossoms, in spring about 450 Somei Yoshino cherry blossom trees color the pathway of about 2 kilometer.

It is the path that you can enjoy differently whenever you visit, including fresh green and autumn leaves.

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Right after getting off at Ginkakuji-michi of city bus from JR Kyoto station

Fushimi / Uji Area

Fushimi where developed also as the place of brewing sake industry, and Uji where known as the production place of Ujicha (prized Japanese green tea cultivated around Uji).

It is an area of scenic beauty, where you can feel the breath of history.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine / Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City

It is the head shrine of Inari Jinja Shrines of as much as about 30 thousand shrines in Japan.

Having good reputation from foreign tourists in recent years, there visit many people even on weekdays.

The main building stands at the foot of Inari Yama Mountain, and there are many Hokora (a small shrine) and Tsuka (a mound) scattered in Inari Yama Mountain of the back of the main building.

Also, there is the Senbon Torii (a thousand Torii, a gateway of shrine), where many votived Torii continue.

Please for sure visit also to “Omokaru Ishi, heavy or light stones” that is located beyond after you pass through the Senbon Torii.

After you say a prayer in front of the stone lantern, it is said that when you lift up the Ku-rin (the ether ring) of the head part of the lantern, if you feel lighter than expected, your wish will come true, and if heavier than expected, will not come true.

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Right from JR Inari station

Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum / Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City

It is the museum of Sake, using the brewery that was built by “Gekkeikan” during Meiji period.

Inside of the building of imposing structure, there exhibit tools and process of Sake brewery, so you can feel the Sake culture of Fushimi, Kyoto.

After observation, you can also enjoy sake tasting, including Ginjo syu (premium sake made with only the best part of the rice).

Sake of limited sales is recommended as souvenirs.

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Opening hours
9:30AM to 4:30PM (Last admission at 4:15PM)

Closes during Bon vacation, and around the new year’s day

Admission fee
Adult: 400 Yen, Junior and High school students 100 Yen (with a souvenir)

Access
About 5 minutes walk from Chushojima station of Keihan main line

Teradaya Inn / Fushimi Ward, Kyoto City

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Fushimi is also famous as the place related to Ryoma Sakamoto.

It is an inn of the regular inn of Ryoma Sakamoto, who is known for the Teradaya incident, but it is said that it was regrettably burnt out during the Battle of Toba–Fushimi, and was rebuilt.

Inside the building, there exhibit many historic materials related to the leading spirits of the Restoration, and in Ume no Ma (chamber), items related with Ryoma are open to public.

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Opening hours
10AM to 3:40PM (Closes at 4PM).  Closes from the new year’s day till January 3rd.  Closes on Monday occasionally.

Admission fee
Adult: 400 Yen, Junior and High school students 300 Yen, Elementary school student 200 Yen

Access
About 7 minutes walk from Chushojima station of Keihan main line

Byodoin Temple / Uji City

Yorimichi, a son, changed a second home of Fujiwara no Michinaga to a temple in 1052, and it became called as Byodoin Temple, and now it is registered to the World Heritage.

Hoo-do (The Phoenix Hall) known as the design of 10 Yen coin is remained even now as a symbol of Fujiwara sekkan (regents and advisers) government period.

In Byodoin Museum Hoshokan, you can watch vivid reproduced movie exhibit with computer graphics and see Buddha statues.

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Opening hours
Garden: 8:30AM to 5:30PM (Last admission at 5:15PM)

Observation inside of Hoo-do: 9:30AM to 4:20PM (Every 20 minutes, 50 persons maximum)

Byodoin Museum Hoshokan: 9AM to 5PM (Last admission at 4:45PM)

Admission fee
Adult: 600 Yen, Junior and High school students 400 Yen, Elementary school student 300 Yen

Admission fee for inside of Hoo-do (contribution) 300 Yen

Access
About 10 minutes walk from JR Uji station

Ujibashi Bridge, Statue of Murasaki Shikibu / Uji City

Ujibashi bridge is said that the first full-scale bridge in Japan.

The current one is the one rebuilt in 1996.

It is matching design with historical image and with landscape around, and the view of upstream is superb.

Because Uji was the stage of “The Tale of Genji (a classic work of Japanese literature)”, there is also a statue of Murasaki Shikibu at a foot of the bridge, and it is recommended as a photo shooting spot.

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Right from Keihan Uji station

Mimuroto-ji Temple / Uji City

It is a famous place for hydrangeas, called as “an hydrangea temple”.

Matching with the best seasons, a hydrangea garden, where about 50 kinds of 10 thousand hydrangeas profoundly bloom will be open to public.

It is an old temple which is conveyed that Emperor Konin built in Nara Period, and there is ensconced a statue of Amida Nyorai Buddha of yosegizukuri (joined block construction), also there are Kannon Seishi Bosatsu and a statue of Syaka Nyorai Buddha as flanking attendants.

You can enjoy flowers of each four season, including azalea and lotus.

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Opening hours
8:30AM to 4:30PM (Until 4PM during November through March)

* Last admission for worship and submitting sutra is before 30 minutes of gate close.

Admission fee
Usually: Adult 500 Yen, Kid 300 Yen

During the hydrangea garden opens: Adult 800 Yen, Kid 400 Yen

Hydrangea illumination: Adult 800 Yen, Kid 400 Yen

Access
About 15 minutes walk from Keihan Mimuroto station

Tea houses of Uji

You cannot miss Japanese desserts that use powdered green tea and wasanbon (refined Japanese sugar) when you visit to Kyoto.

The one of the most famous tea-growing places in Japan, Uji is fulfilled with powdered green tea and green tea desserts.

Please try finding your most favorite shops, including long established famous shops, such as”Kyuemon Ito Head office”, “Nakamura Tokichi Honten”, and “TSUEN”, and also shops gathered attention.

Ohara, Kurama, Kifune Area

It is a popular area with abundant nature as a back room of Kyoto.

An area from Kifune to Kurama is recommended also for a hiking trail.

Sanzen-in Temple / Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is said that the origin was En-yu-bo Temple that was established in Hieizan Mountain by Saicho, and after that it moved repeatedly.

After the Meiji Restoration, it moved in the current place of Ohara, and it has such history.

There are many spots to see, including two Kyoto City Designated scenic gardens, which are Shuhekien Garden and Yuseien Garden, and Ojo-Gokuraku-in (Amida Hall) designated as the important cultural treasure, and Hondo (the main hall).

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Opening hours
8:30AM to 5PM (Gate closes at 5:30PM), From December 8 through February: 9AM to 4:30PM (Gate closes at 5PM)

Admission fee
General: 700 Yen, Junior and High school students: 400 Yen, Elementary school student: 150 Yen

Access
About 10 minutes walk after getting off at Ohara stop of Kyoto Bus from JR Kyoto station

Kurama Dera Temple / Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City

In Nara Period, Gantei-Shonin, the best pupil of Ganjin-wajo (Jianzhen, a Chinese monk), enshrined Bishamonten (God of Success) here, and opened the mountain.

The statue of Bishamonten, the National Treasure, is ensconced in Reiho-den (sacred treasure hall).

It is also famous as a temple where Minamoto No Yoshitsune called as Ushiwakamaru spent his boyhood.

In Kurama yama mountains, you can move around by a cable car.

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Admission fee
Aizan-hi (an entrance fee for Kuramayama): 300 Yen

Donation for a cable car: Adult one way 200 Yen, Younger than elementary school student one way 100 Yen

Access
About 30 minutes from Eizan Railway Kurama station

Kifune Jinja Shrine / Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is an old shrine, and its approach continues along Kifunegawa River that is an original stream of Kamogawa River.

Enshrined God of water, it is the one of the best energy vortexes in Kyoto, and it is also popular as the shrine of initiating good relationships.

Let’s select a fortune slip at counter, and then float it onto the water offered to God, sprung out from Kifuneya Mountain.

When you put the fortune slip on the water, characters are slowly coming up.

Try challenging “hydromancy” for sure.

In winter season, the main shrine building will be illuminated only on days of accumulated snow as “the illumination only on accumulated snow day”.

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Opening hours
6AM to 8PM (until 6PM during December through April).  Opening hours will be extended during the illumination event.

Access
About 5 minutes walk after getting off at Kifune stop of Kyoto Bus from Kifune-guchi station of Eizan Railway Kurama Line

Arashiyama, Sagano Area

Once it was a popular area as the place of second houses of nobles.

The area is crowded with many tourists for one of the best scenic places of Kyoto.

Chikurin no Michi(Bamboo Forest Path) / Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is an elegant path where bamboo grow lush on both sides continues from the north gate of Tenryuji Temple to Okochi Sanso.

It is the sightseeing spot representing Arashiyama, Kyoto.

Sounds of rustling leaves blowing in the wind are comfortable, and the space that is made woven by fresh blue green and sunlight filtering through trees is fantastic as if you are in a different world.

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Access
About 5 minutes walk from Arashiyama station of Keifuku Electric Railroad

TogetuKyo Bridge / Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is a symbol of Arashiyama crossing over Oigawa River.

You can enjoy each splendid view of four seasons, such as cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in autumn with Arashiyama mountains as background.

You can also see ukai (fishing with cormorants) in summer.

A sightseeing boat that you can enjoy beautiful landscapes riding on a yakatabune (a Japanese houseboat) is also recommended.

Also, Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama is close to TogetuKyo Bridge, so please visit for fun.

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About 3 minutes walk from Arashiyama station of Keifuku Electric Railroad

Tenryuji Temple / Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City

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It is an old temple of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, which once included Arashiyama, Togetsukyo, and Kameyama Koen Park that spreads in the west of Tenryuji Temple, in its temple ground.

The ground became now one tenth of that time because of repeated big fires and Jochi rei (changed the proprietary of lands to Shogunate’s)

Sogenchi Teien (Sogen Pond Garden) that remains origin of that time, and which is a strolling pond garden with borrowed landscape of Kameyama Mountain and Arashiyama Mountain is designated as the special scenic spot.

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Opening hours
8:30AM to 5:30PM (8:30AM to 5PM: during from October 21 through March 20)

Admission fee
Garden: Older than High school student: 500 Yen, Junior high school and Elementary school students: 300 Yen

Access
Right from Arashiyama station of Keifuku Electric Railroad

Nonomiya Jinja Shrine / Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City

Located in bamboo forest of Sagano, it is a shrine where green is beautiful.

It is popular for the benefit of initiating good relationships and for blessed with children.

It is said that when you rub the sacred turtle-shaped rock, also called as “Turtle Rock”, your wish will come true within one year.

It is also known as the shrine related to The Tale of Genji (a classic work of Japanese literature).

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Access
About 5 minutes walk from Arashiyama station of Keifuku Electric Railroad

Kurumazaki Jinja Shrine / Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City

Kurumazaki Jinja Shrine , where enshrined Gods of economic fortune, good relationship, academic work, and performing arts, is popular as an energy vortex.

It is said that the name of the shrine was taken from the story that an ox carriage of Emperor Go-Saga had stopped and could not move in front of the shrine because an axle was broken.  (Kurumazaki means a broken wheel in Japanese.)

It is said that when you are given Kinen Shinseki (God’s stone for prayer) at a shrine office, and recite strongly your prayer in front of the main shrine building, so that you will receive benefit if you carry the stone with you everyday.

And, once you achieve wish, there is the custom that you return double, so there are many stones of gratitude accumulated like a mountain.

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Access
Right from Kurumazaki Jinja station of Keifuku Electric Railroad

The Sagano Romantic Train (Sagano Trolley train) / Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is a tourist train running between and from Sagano station to Kameoka station, reusing the track of 7.3 kilometer, which was abandoned because JR Sagano Line (Sanin Line) became a double line.

From the window of the car that runs slowly for 25 minutes, you can fully enjoy the view of Hozukyo Gorge of each superb view in four seasons, such as cherry blossoms in spring, fresh green in summer, autumn leaves in autumn, and desolate fields and snow scapes in winter.

“The Rich” (the number 5th car) that is an open air car with no window glass is also popular.

All seats of The Sagano Romantic Train are for reservation.

The seats of The Rich (the number 5th car) are available only for sale on the day of a ride.

And you can buy ticket in advance from one month before the day of a ride.

Information

Standard fare (one way)
Adult: 620 Yen, Kid: 310 Yen * Same fare regardless riding section

TOEI KYOTO STUDIO PARK , Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City

It is an amusement park of movie mainly with historical dramas.

Inside the park, you can see not only filming sites but also back stages of filming.

Observation shows like “Ninja Show SASUKE” and “Samurai Sword Fighting Lesson” are of course popular, but various programs for experience are also popular, including “Samurai Course -Sword Beginner’s Class-“, which you will learn directly from a professional actor, and “Transformation Experience”, which you will become a samurai or a princess with the same make-up of an actor or an actress.

For more information, visit official site.

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Opening hours
9AM to 5PM, until 6PM on Sat/Sun/holiday (Last admission is one hour before close)

* Varies depending on seasons.

Admission fee
Adult: 2,200 Yen, Junior and High school students: 1,300 Yen, Kid (Elder than three years old): 1,100 Yen

Access
About 5 minutes walk from JR Uzumasa station

HOZUGAWA RAFTING (Hozukyo Gorge) / Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture

Going down the gorge of about 16 kilometer from Kameoka to Kyoto Arashiyama, it is a river rafting for about two hours on a boat that a boatman operates.

The rafting is full of thrills, running through huge and strangely shaped rocks while splashing water.

The beauty of gorge colored by cherry blossoms and autumn leaves is also exceptional.

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Opening hours
9AM to 3:30PM.  No regular operation on Sat/Sun/holiday.

9AM to 2:30PM: from December 1st through December 9th.  10AM to 2:30PM: from December 10th through March 9th (a boat with heaters in winter season)

Fare
Adult: 4,100 Yen, Kid (From 4 years old to Elementary school student): 2,700 Yen

Access to Kyoto and Map

– From Tokyo

JR Tokyo station to JR Kyoto station (Tokaido Shinkansen, the Super-express Nozomi) for about 2 hours and 15 minutes

– From Osaka

JR Osaka station to JR Kyoto station (Special Rapid Service) for about 30 minutes

Hankyu Umeda station to Kawaramachi station (Hankyu Kyoto Line) for about 45 minutes

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