Japan Guide Kyoto for Travelers


Kyoto is perhaps the only place where all visitors should have experience in Japan.

Walk Through Higashiyama

Walk Through Higashiyama

The cultural heritage stronghold, Higashiyama (literally "East Mountains") has retained the feeling of old Kyoto with its massive temples, narrow streets, gardens and tiled wooden houses. Start your walk from Kyomizu-dera, where you will be rewarded with an unobstructed view of Kyoto from the main balcony, backed by hundreds of pillars.

Continue north and take a break for tea or coffee in the traditional Sannen-Zaka district. Finally, you will end up in Gion, the famous entertainment and geisha district. Remember this area you want to start early in the evening for your best chance of taking a look at a geisha or Maiko (apprentice geisha).

The northern section of Higashiyama begins with the Kaege station on the Tozai subway line. Stop by the Nanzen-Ji-Massif, with its variety of Unterstamps and a large door. With more than 2,000, you are sure to find a hidden gem that nobody visits. Go through Tetsugaku-no-michi (path of philosophy), a pedestrian promenade along a canal lined with cherry trees. Complete your walk in the Ginkaku-ji Temple of the Silver Pavilion. The pavilion has never been painted in silver, may be its most famous golden cousin (see below), but has opened one of the most beautiful tea gardens in Kyoto and must not be missed.

Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji Temples

Kinkaku-ji and Ryoan-ji

No visit would be without visit to two of the most famous and most photographed temples in Kyoto. However, as they are popular, it is best to have these temples close to each other northwest of Kyoto, the morning before the crowd. Kinkaku-ji with its golden pavilion contrasts with Zen temple Ryoan-ji with its stone types Austero 15. Both offer a glimpse of the ostentative and spiritual side of Japanese Buddhism.

Arashiyama

Arashiyama

Located in the western mountains of Kyoto, this beautiful little town burns red in autumn. The peaceful temple of Tenryu-Ji is worth a visit. Leave the north door to stroll through the incredibly green bamboo forest.

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha

In a magical scene presented by geisha memories, this mystical shinto sanctuary of the hill is simply incredible. For the god of business and rice, Inari, more than 10,000 red doors have the means to transport all visitors to another world. The sanctuary is just a 5-minute train journey from Kyoto Station on the JR Nara Line.
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