Photogenics! 15 selection of Kyoto’s Instagrammable spots

Kyoto is a world-class tourist city.

The scene will be a picture wherever you cut it out, but here are some of the most popular Instagram posts in Kyoto recently.

The scenery of Kyoto that makes you want to upload it to SNS such as Instagram, where are you going?

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The Yasakakoshindo, located near the tower of Yasaka in the Higashiyama area, is a small ancient temple that is regarded as one of Japan’s three greatest inscriptions.

The colorful Kukuri(tied up)-monkey is the symbol of this Yasakakoshindo.

In fact, the “kukuri-monkey,” a monkey with a bound hands and feet, hangs on around the hall.

This is really a photogenic!

It’s very popular to take pop pictures that don’t look like Kyoto.


Address: 〒605-0828 390-1 Kanezonocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Telephone number: 075-541-2565
Access: Approx. 3 minutes’ walk from Kyoto City Bus Kiyomizu michi

Kimono Forest

Arashiyama Station has been attracting increasing attention in recent years.

There are 600 Kyoyu Zen poles called “Kimono Forest” on the station premises!

It creates an atmosphere similar to that of a different dimensional space.

You can enjoy the beauty of Kyoyu Zen even during the daytime, but this “kimono forest” is at its peak at night.

The illusion of a lighted-up “Kimono Forest” is more than twice as great!

Since only Kyoto is allowed to operate such stations, it has become an instagramable spot.

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Address: 11-1 Saga-Tenryuji Temple Road Town, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto 616-8373, Kyoto Prefecture
Telephone number: 075-873-2121
Access: Just off the Keifuku train “Arashiyama” (on the premises of the station)

Fushimi-Inari Taisha shrine

In addition, Fushimi Inari Taisha is a popular in SNS such as Instagram.

Senbon(1,000) Torii, which is overwhelmingly popular with foreign tourists, is a famous photo spot!

Though it is difficult to take pictures of Senbon Torii without tourist in the photos, everyone waits patiently and takes a photo.

Photos with high saturation are noticeable even on the feed, so the response on SNS is an outstanding photo spot.

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Address: 68 Fukakusa-Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0882, Kyoto Prefecture
Phone number: 075-641-7331
Access: Approximately 2 minutes on foot from Keihan Railway “Fushimi Inari”, immediately get off at JR Nara Line “Inari”

A Wonderful and Popular Instagrammable Spot

Shojuin Temple

In Kyoto, “Shoju-in Temple” is located in Ujitawara-cho.

It is no exaggeration to say that the name was known from Instagram.

There is a heart-shaped window called Inome Window in Shojuin.

This grabs the hearts of girls as a window to bring happiness!

It has become a popular spot.


Address: 149 Okuyamada Kawakami, Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto 610-0211, Japan
Visiting time: April to October @ 8:30 to 16:30 / November to March @ 8:30 to 16:00
Admission fee: 400 yen for adults (including tea and sweets)
TEL : 0774-88-3601

Kawai shrine

Kawai Shrine is popular as a power spot for women.

The Kawai Shrine, which enshrines the gods of beauty, has a distinctive votive picture called “Kamigami-ema”.

This votive picture is made up with one’s own cosmetics!

Tourists devote votive picture to shrines with the wish of becoming a beautiful woman.

A photo spot is in front of the main hall, where “Kagamiema”, filled with many wishes for the beauty of women, is lined up!


Address: 59, Shimogamo-Izumikawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 606-0807, Japan
Telephone number: 075-781-0010
Access: Approx. 3 minutes on foot from De-chi Yanagi, Keihan train

Yasui konpiragu shrine

Yasui Konpira-gu, a beloved power spot, is also a popular spot for its mysterious scenery.

The symbol “Marginal Marriage Monument” has an unusual appearance covered with countless pasted figures.

Monuments that accept various wishes, such as pure marriage wishes and grudged belief wishes, have something transmitted even from the images above.


Address: 〒605-0823 Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Higashiyama-ku Higashioji Matsubara Kami Le Shimobentencho 70
Phone number: 075-561-5127
Access: Get off at Kyoto City Bus “Higashiyama Yasui” and get off at Keihan Railway “Gion Shijo”, about 10 minutes on foot

The natural scenery is also a photo spot in Kyoto.

Sagano bamboo forest

Sagano bamboo forest is one of Kyoto’s main scenery.

Not only Kyoto, but also the representative of Japan’s bamboo forest!

It is difficult to take pictures that only bamboo forest without tourists.

If it’s lunchtime, let’s shoot at the angle you want without worrying about others!

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Address: Saganomiyacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 616-8393, Japan
Access: Approx. 10 minutes’ walk from Porcupine on the Kyofuku train

Kamogawa River Delta

Popular among anime fans is a spot called Kamogawa Delta.

The Takano River and the Kamogawa River merge to form the Kamogawa River.

Here’s a “turtle flying stone(kame no tobi ishi)” that is familiar with the opening of animated cartoons.

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This is a photo spot where many people take pictures by putting the flying stone in a good frame.


Address: Shimogamogawakawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 606-0801, Japan
Access: Immediately after getting off at Keihan Railway “Demachiyanagi”

Gaku buchi teien(picture frame garden)

Speaking of frames, do you know the “Gaku buchi teien(picture frame garden)” in which the visible scene itself becomes a frame?

Hosen-in, located further behind Ohara Sanzen-in temple, is one of the most famous spots in Kyoto for its picture-frame garden.

A stunning garden throughout the four seasons is truly a painting and beautiful.

Let’s aim for a picture that can be sewn between tourists!


Address: 187 Ohara Shorinincho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 601-1241, Japan
Phone number: 075-744-2409
Access: About 15 minutes on foot from Kyoto City Bus “Ohara”

Kyoto shrines and temples are fascinated by their approach

Kifune Shrine

There are many such journeys in Kyoto that always stop and want to keep them in photographs.

One of the most popular photo spots is the route to Kifune Shrine.

A gentle stone-step approach, a vermilion lantern that solidifies the side, and a maple overhead.

This location is really like a shrine in Kyoto.

The look will change depending on the season and time of day, so an attractive sight will be waiting whenever you visit.

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Address: 180 Kifumi-cho, Sakurama, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 601-1112 Japan
Telephone number: 075-741-2016
Access: Approx. 5 minutes on foot from the Kyoto bus “Kimi” and approx. 30 minutes on foot from the Eiyama train “Kiguchi”

Rokuo in temple

Arashiyama’s ancient temple “Rokuo in temple” is a striking stone-paved approach that stretches straight.

It’s a minor spot, so it’s popular to take pictures calmly.

The approach to the tunnel, which turns into a tunnel of autumn leaves in autumn, will be a wonderful scene even in the summer blue maple season.


Address: 〒616-8367 24 Saga-Kitabori-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Telephone number: 075-861-1645
Access: Approx. 3 minutes on foot from the Keifuku train “Kano-in”

Koto in temple

The Koto in temple, the head of Daitoku-ji Temple, is also famous for its calm path of visiting Kyoto, which has a sense of Kyoto.

The narrowly stretched stone pavement is best matched by a cool, rainy scenery….


Address: 73-1 Shidokudokuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 603-8231
Phone number 075-492-0068
Access: About 5 minutes on foot from Kyoto City Bus “Dokutoji”

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Tofukuji temple

The Hojo Garden of Tofuku-ji Temple is created by famous gardener, Shigemori Sanrei.

A different garden is located in the north, south, east, and south to surround the the garden.

In particular, the northern garden is characterized by a moss and a stone pine pattern, and it is quite photogenic!

The ancient but modern garden is a popular photo spot.


Address: 15-778 Honcho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 605-0981
Phone number 075-561-0087
Access: Get off at Kyoto City Bus “Tofukuji” and get off at Keihan Railway / JR Nara Line “Tofukuji” about 10 minutes on foot

Otagi nembutsu temple

The Otagi nembutsu temple is located at the outskirts of Sagano, and there are 1,200 clans of lakan(Saint) on the grounds of the temple.

The appearance of various expressions is a picture no matter where you cut it.

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Address: 2-5 Saga Torii Fukayacho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 616-8439, Japan
Phone number: 075-865-1231
Access: Kyoto bus “Otagi-jimae” getting off immediately

Suirokaku (Nanzen ji temple)

Is this Rome? It’s surprising that Nanzenji is where you can come across a sight that you might mistake.

On the grounds, there is a structure called the “Suikakuro,” in which Lake Biwa is hydrophobic.

The vast waterway cabinet, which is more than 90 meters long and 9 meters high, is a popular spot that frequently appears in suspense drama in Japan.

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Address: Fukuchicho, Nanzenji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 606-8435
Phone number: 075-771-0365
Access: A 10-minute walk from Kyoto City Bus “Higashitennocho” or “Nanzenji / Eikando Road”

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There are still other photo spots for the Instagram and SNS that I would like to recommend, but this time I introduced some points that you can visit without choosing a season.

Please take wonderful pictures to get a lot of “likes“!


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