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Classic destinations in Kyoto

  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
    Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple is the classic must-see temple in Kyoto. We highly recommend that you come during any of the triannual illumination periods: spring, summer and fall. Designated as a World Heritage Site, the Hondo conveys a more solemn atmosphere combined with the brilliant colors of trees when illuminated in the evening than in the afternoon.

  • Kifune Shrine
    Kifune Shrine

    Kifune Shrine

    You may have seen pictures of the stretch of red lanterns. Well-known for enshrining the god of water, Kifune Shrine is still worshipped by cooks around the country. The well-known mizuuranai mikuji is a mysterious fortune-telling paper—float it in the pond, and the letters become visible.

    • Address: 180 Kuramakibunecho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
    • Access: Go to Omiya Station and take the Hankyu Kyoto Line (4 minutes) → Disembark at Kawaramachi Station → Walk 5 minutes to go to Gionshijo Station → Take the Keihan Honsen Line (6 minutes) → Disembark at Demachiyanagi Station and transfer to Eizan Honsen Line (27 minutes) → Disembark at Kibuneguchi Station and walk 27 minutes or take the Kyoto bus bound for Kibuneguchi, disembark at Kibune and walk 5 minutes.
      69 minutes in total
  • Arashiyama
    Arashiyama

    Arashiyama

    If you want to surround yourself with nature while walking, Arashiyama is the perfect place. The bamboo grove along a path is a popular location for photo shoots. Immerse yourself in the tall bamboo and fully expose yourself to the negative ions. Take the trolley train on the Sagano Scenic Railway and gaze at the unforgettable beauty of nature.

    • Address: Arashiyama, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
    • Access: Walk 5 minutes to go to Shijohorikawa bus stop → Take the Shiei 28 bus bound for Daikakuji (26 minutes) → Disembark at Arashiyama Koen and walk 10 minutes
      41 minutes in total
  • Eikando Zenrin-ji Temple
    Eikando Zenrin-ji Temple

    Eikando Zenrin-ji Temple

    Many tourists visit Kyoto in the fall when the leaves turn a beautiful red. Kyoto has many attractions in the fall. Ask "Where is the best place to appreciate the colorful leaves?" and everyone will picture the 3,000 maple trees at Eikando Zenrin-ji Temple. In the fall, the temple grounds are a bright red. Enjoy the fantastic scenery both in the afternoon and during the evening hours when the maples are illuminated.

  • To-ji Temple (Kyo-o-gokoku-ji Temple)
    To-ji Temple (Kyo-o-gokoku-ji Temple)

    To-ji Temple (Kyo-o-gokoku-ji Temple)

    The temple has a five-story pagoda, considered to be the oldest of its kind in Japan. Amazingly, it dates back to 826. The current pagoda was rebuilt in 1644 and is also designated as a national treasure. In addition to the pagoda, the Koboichi Market is another event at To-ji Temple that draws attention. Nearly 1,000 stalls are open on the temple grounds on the 21st of every month and they sell items such as antiques and used clothes.

    • Address: 1 Kujo-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
    • Access: Walk 5 minutes to go to Shijohorikawa bus stop → Take the Shiei 207 Otsu bus bound for Kujoshako-mae (9 minutes) → Disembark at Tojihigashimon-mae and walk 5 minutes
      19 minutes in total

Visiting the representative architectural structures of Kyoto

  • Nijo-jo Castle
    Nijo-jo Castle

    Nijo-jo Castle

    Nijo-jo Castle is inscribed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in Kyoto. Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first leader of the Edo Shogunate, the longest-reigning shogunate in Japanese history, is said to have resided in the castle when he stayed in Kyoto. We also recommend that you take a relaxing walk around the circuit-style garden where the plants are carefully cultivated.

  • Kyoto Tower
    Kyoto Tower

    Kyoto Tower

    The 131-meter-high Kyoto Tower is the tallest of its kind in Kyoto. The observation deck, located 100 meters above the ground, commands a 360-degree panoramic view of the streets, temples and shrines of Kyoto and the surrounding mountains. A large public bath is also available on the 3rd basement floor. At KUU, a sky lounge on the third floor of the observation deck, you can drink while enjoying the spectacular view.

  • Heian Jingu Shrine
    Heian Jingu Shrine

    Heian Jingu Shrine

    Shinsengumi were a group of Kyoto-based loyalist samurai in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate and remain very popular in Japan. The group has many fans nationwide and you can find many related places in Kyoto. Among these places, Koen-ji Temple is well-known for having graves of some high-achieving samurai in Shinsengumi.

  • Koen-ji Temple
    Koen-ji Temple

    Koen-ji Temple

    Shinsengumi were a group of Kyoto-based loyalist samurai in the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate and remain very popular in Japan. The group has many fans nationwide and you can find many related places in Kyoto. Among these places, Koen-ji Temple is well-known for having graves of some high-achieving samurai in Shinsengumi.

  • Sanzen-in Temple
    Sanzen-in Temple

    Sanzen-in Temple

    The temple was initiated about 1,200 years ago, during the early Heian period. Yuseien, a circuit-style garden, is created to surround the temple building and is one of the locations in Kyoto associated with mystical energy. Seasonal plants can be viewed in the garden. To take in the power of nature, visit this temple.

    • Address: 540 Raigoin-cho, Ohara, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
    • Access: Walk 5 minutes to go to Shijohorikawa bus stop → Take the Shiei 201 Ko bus bound for Mibusoshajo-mae (7 minutes) → Disembark at Shijokawaramachi and transfer to the Ohara Line bus bound for Ohara (44 minutes) → Disembark at Ohara and walk 8 minutes
      64 minutes in total

Experience-oriented destinations offer visual, tactile and sometimes gourmet amusements

  • Gion
    Gion

    Gion

    Gion is the traditional entertainment quarter in Kyoto. Walk past some buildings and you can feel the unique atmosphere of a traditional shitamachi neighborhood.
    Gion is full of attractive shops and restaurants. If you are very lucky, you will meet a maiko girl.

  • Kyoto Nishiki Market
    Kyoto Nishiki Market

    Kyoto Nishiki Market

    The shopping arcade enjoys an enormous boost from tourists and local people alike. Fresh food such as fish, meat and Kyoyasai vegetables and obanzai (meaning delicatessens in the local dialect) are abundant. The market also has a rich assortment of accessories that are suitable as souvenirs.

  • Japan Kanji Museum & Library
    Japan Kanji Museum & Library

    Japan Kanji Museum & Library

    About 5 minutes on foot from Gionshijo Station on the Keihan Line, the museum was built on the site of a junior high school that closed in 2011. In this facility, you can learn about the origin and history of kanji by seeing, listening to and touching the exhibits.
    You may be amazed to learn how your name or the name of your country can be represented in kanji.
    The souvenir shop of the museum has many t-shirts and accessories featuring kanji. They are very popular among tourists.

  • Kyoto City Zoo
    Kyoto City Zoo

    Kyoto City Zoo

    Having reopened after renovations in the fall of 2015, this is the second oldest zoo in Japan, located in Sakyo-ku. The zoo is relatively small, so you can enjoy walking around without becoming so tired. In contrast to its size, the zoo is home to many species of animals. The Forest of Elephants is highly recommended. There, you can feel the excitement of viewing the elephants at a close range.

  • Fushimi Sakagurakoji
    Fushimi Sakagurakoji

    Fushimi Sakagurakoji

    If you visit Japan, you might want to try Japanese sake. In that case, we definitely recommend that you come here. This is a compelling destination for Japanese sake lovers. For example, you can sip Japanese sake from 17 different brewers. Relax and spend some time eating a bowl of ramen, oden, yakitori and other Japanese food.

Go a little further on a day trip

  • Nara Park and Todaiji Temple
    Nara Park and Todaiji Temple

    Nara Park and Todaiji Temple

    Todaiji Temple is said to have greatly influenced Buddhism in Japan. As a cultural property, the temple was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. The daibutsu, a gigantic bronze Buddha in the temple underwent its completion rites in 752 and was repeatedly destroyed by a fire thereafter. Although some parts of the daibutsu’s body underwent repair in the Kamakura period, some other parts mainly including the foundation and legs have remained intact since its original construction.

    • Address: 30 Noboriojicho, Nara-shi, Nara
    • Access: Go to Omiya Station and take the Hankyu Kyoto Line (4 minutes) → Disembark at Kawaramachi Station → Walk 5 minutes to go to Gionshijo Station → Take a semi-express train of the Keihan Honsen Line (17 minutes) → Disembark at Tanbabashi Station → Walk 2 minutes to go to Kintetsu Tanbabashi Station → Take the Kintetsu Kyoto Line (44 minutes) → Disembark at Yamatosaidaiji Station and transfer to the Kintetsu Nara Line (6 minutes) → Disembark at Kintetsu Nara Station and walk 20 minutes
      98 minutes in total
  • Osaka Castle
    Osaka Castle

    Osaka Castle

    A representative tourist destination of the city, Osaka Castle bustles with many tourists every day. Another attraction of the castle is its different appearance from season to season. It is pleasant to walk along the paths surrounding the castle with 1,270 plum trees in full bloom in March. Enjoy the view of cherry trees in the spring and beautifully colored leaves in the fall.

    • Address: 1-1 Osakajo, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
    • Access: Go to Omiya Station → Take the Hankyu Kyoto Line (48 minutes) → Disembark at Awaji Station and transfer to the Hankyu Senri Line (8 minutes) → Disembark at Minamimorimachi Station and transfer to the Tanimachi Line (4 minutes) → Disembark at Tanimachi 4-chome Station and walk 15 minutes
      75 minutes in total
  • Abeno Harukas
    Abeno Harukas

    Abeno Harukas

    Abeno Harukas is the tallest building in Japan. The observatory, located 300 meters above the ground, commands a 360-degree view of Osaka. When the weather is clear, you can also see Kyoto Tower, the Tower of the Sun and Awaji-shima Island from the observatory.
    The fantastic night view makes the observatory a popular destination for dates among young people.

    • Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
    • Access: Go to Omiya Station and take the Hankyu Kyoto Line (48 minutes) → Disembark at Awaji Station and transfer to the Hankyu Senri Line (18 minutes) → Disembark at Dobutsuen-mae Station and transfer to the Midosuji Line (1 minute) → Disembark at Tennoji Station and walk 3 minutes
      70 minutes in total
  • Dotonbori (Ebisubashi)
    Dotonbori (Ebisubashi)

    Dotonbori (Ebisubashi)

    This is one of the most popular must-see tourist destinations in Osaka. A large crab is placed in front of the Kanidoraku restaurant. The Glico Man sign is another classic photo location. Join your friends in striking the same pose and post it on social media.

    • Address: Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
    • Access: Go to Omiya Station and take the Hankyu Kyoto Line (48 minutes) → Disembark at Awaji Station and transfer to the Hankyu Senri Line (15 minutes) → Disembark at Nipponbashi Station and walk 10 minutes
      73 minutes in total
  • Uji Byodoin
    Uji Byodoin

    Uji Byodoin

    Have you looked closely at a Japanese coin? The image of Byodoin is engraved on the brown 10-yen coin. This is one of the representative temples in Japan and was designated as the World Heritage Site in 1994. We recommend that you take a photograph in front of the building.

    • Address: 116 Uji Renge, Uji-shi, Kyoto
    • Access: Go to Nijojo-mae Station and take the Tozai Subway Line (5 minutes) → Disembark at Sanjo Station and transfer to an express train of the Keihan Honsen Line (15 minutes) → Disembark at Chushojima Station and transfer to the Keihan Uji Line (15 minutes) → Disembark at Uji Station and walk 9 minutes
      44 minutes in total