Things To Do In kyoto


Special Things To Do to travel in kyoto Prefecture that Japanese travelers and locals recommend.

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Nanatani River, Yawagagi-no Michi Street

Cherry Blossom Tunnel & Carpet With The Scenic Countryside Of Tamba Area

I was totally fasinated by the long line of trees and a tunnel of cherry blossom. For the good balance with calm scenery of a countruside and greens, you can enjoy the landscape you cannot see in cities.

Jizoin Temple

Greenery Of 600 Years History And 'Bamboo Temple' Jizo-in.

Jizo-in at Matsuo in Kyoto is called 'bamboo temple' and the precinct is tinged with green from now till summer. And a Japanese style Karesansui flat garden is worth seeing, which is a registered scenic spot in Kyoto.

Fresh Green Sight Becomes Autumn Colors! Wonderful Contrast Between Bamboo Grove & Autumn Foliage

Here is famous as a bamboo temple and also as an autumn foliage sight. It's worth to see the beautiful contrast between the mossy bamboo grove and the colors of the autumn foliage. Although it's not easy to access, I want you to come all this way.

Shoren-in Monzeki

Faint Lights Floating On A Japanese Garden! Blue Flickering Illumination

Shoren-in temple holds special night visits every spring and autumn. During the term, everywhere in the garden is illuminated. Beside Shinden, you can see the garden covered with flickering lights like fireflies.

Prestigious Temple With Beautiful Fusuma Drew By A Modern Artist

Shoren-in Monzeki is famous for the fantastic illumination in spring and autumn. At such prestigious temple, a reception room 'Kacho-den' has beautiful fusuma (papered sliding door) with lotus flower drawings by a artist Hideki Kimura. Miraculous fusion of historical temple and modern art is wonderful!

Gioji Temple

A Convent Where 'A Tragedy Heroine' Gio Moved In

Gio-ji Temple is in Arashiyama, Kyoto. A dancer Gio lost a Taira-no-Kiyomori's favor and was turned out from Kyoto. She spent the rest of her life as a nun in this convent.

Shogunzuka Seiryu-den

A Glass Tea House & A Panoramic View Of Kyoto City

Not only the city view, a designer Tokujin Yoshioka's '光庵' (KOU-AN) Glass Tea House is exhibited for a limited time on the stage more than 4 times as large as that of famous Kiyomizu Temple. You must see it shining brightly in seven colors!

The Exhibit Finally Ends On September 10th! 'Glass Tea House' With Beautiful Shinning Crystals

Exhibited for two years, 'Glass Tea House' is coming to end on 9/10 in 2017. The tea house and the benches are all made of glass, and they look beautiful in the light. What is more, the contrast with the outside view is wonderful. If you haven't seen it yet, hurry up!

Eikando Zenrin-ji

Autumn In Kyoto. Must Visit 'Japanese Scarlet Maple Leaves Of Eikando'

Japanese maple tree is called 'momiji'. In Kyoto, Eikando Zenrin-ji Temple is well known for its scarlet 'momiji'. You can have a feeling that impressive red and yellow fill up all of your sight.

Late Sunflower In Oharano

An Autumn Event! Red & Yellow Sunflowers In The Autumn Sky

This sunflower field reaches its best season in September every year. Under the high blue sky in autumn, 15000 sunflowers including rare red ones swing in the breeze. Many people visit here to see the beautiful scenery of the sky, sunflowers, mountains and rice fields.

Enko-ji Temple

Beautiful Frame Garden Like An Autumn Colored Picture

Enko-ji Temple has become popular for its autumn colors. The beautiful green garden in summer becomes more beautiful with many colors in autumn. During the term of maple leaves falling, a red carpet will appear around the Jizo♡

Enko-ji Temple's Frame Garden As A Piece Of Picture

Enko-ji Temple was a school for development of education by Ieyasu Tokugawa. A wonderful Japanese garden covered with moss, 'Jyu-gyu no niwa' is like a picture by the temple pillars on all sides. The rich nature gives us a moment of relief.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

The Sanctuary Tunnel 'Senbon Torii' Made of Thousands of Shrine Gates

The Shrine Gates Tunnel is mystic and seems a road to another world. The sightseeing spot is one of the most popular ones in Japan among foreign tourists.

Rare Type! Oinari-san's Rare Oracle That Tells By Three Letters

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, thousands of torii gates are well-known, has a rare type of 'omikuji' (written oracle) that tells your fortune by three letters, not by ordinally two letters. If you pick rarer '大大吉 dai-dai-kichi' than '大吉 dai-kichi', you're very lucky! By the way, '末大吉 sue-dai-kichi' in my photo is in the fifth place, haha!

Toji Temple

Excellent With A Fivefold Pagoda! A Illuminated Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree

You can go to Toji Temple from the Kyoto station on foot. The fivefold pagoda is highest in Japan and a popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto. Moreover, you can see a Shidare Zakura, a weeping cherry tree in spring. Illuminated cherry blossoms at night are very fantastic.

Highest Wooden Five Storied Pagoda Of 55meters High

I could take a picture of elegant pagoda at twilight. But I think I could meet more beautiful scene at the season of cherry blossoms and its illumination event.

Matsunoo Taisha Shrine

A Spiritual Power Spot Of Excellent Water Once Used For Sake

At the foot of the mountain, inner place of the precinct, Reiki (tortoise spirit) Waterfall is famous as a spiritual power spot. And the water in Kamenoi (tortoise well) in front of the fall is said to have divine help for long life and revival. This excellent water was once used for making sake.

Vivid Gold Colors A Shrine. A Famous Place Of Japanese Rose

Matsuo Taisha, where about 3000 trees of Japanese rose (yamabuki) blooms, is popular as the best place in Kansai region. Vivid gold flowers looks beautiful with fresh greens and blue sky, and have fascinating smells. You can enjoy some different kinds of petal type, and also the white Japanese rose at a pay garden.

Izumo Daijingu Shrine

Strongest Spiritual Power Spot In Kyoto!? And Tasty Sacred Water

This sacred stone 'Iwakura' behind the main shrine building, has become a popular spot that is admired by celebrities. Its sacred water 'Manai no mizu' has divine grace for happy long life, and many people visit to draw the water.

Find Some Hiding Hearts! A Shrine Of Matrimony

At the foot of the mountain in Kameoka, this shrine is said to be the strongest god for matrimony in Japan. There's a husband-wife stone knotted by a red rope, and it seems to give us a divine help. If you can find some hiding heart shapes, you may be able to achieve your love!

Miyama Thatched Village (Kayabuki-no Sato)

Old And Good Countryside In Kyoto! 'Thatched Village' Leaves The Original Scenery Of Japan

Miyama in Kyoto, 'Thatched Village (Kayabuki-no Sato)' has old style houses with thatched roofs. The village with the remains of tasteful Japanese scenery is selected as the preserved district of important cultural buildings. Enjoy slow trip at the tasteful village in Kyoto.

Mt.Nyoi-ga Dake (Daimon-ji Yama)

The Mountain '大' Of Daimon-ji Gozan Okuribi Is Nice For Hiking With A Superb View Of Kyoto

Mt. Daimonji, famous for the August festival 'Gozan Okuribi', is popular as an easy hiking spot. From 'hidoko' a fireplace, you can see the whole view of Kyoto, and it could make you feel refreshed!

Hourin-ji Temple (Daruma Temple)

Wish Upon 8000 Daruma Dolls! Setsubun Festival With Many Daruma

The reason for the name 'Daruma Temple', over 8000 various daruma are installed in the precinct. Its Setsubun festival is well-known, it's the custom for people to put the wish charms on daruma on theses days. The last day, the daruma is covered with many charms and becomes white!

You Can Buy On Only Days Of Setsubun Festival! 'Specialty Daruma Yaki' With A Joyous Brand Of Daruma

Sold at the precinct, Daruma-yaki is a kind of rare because it can be seen only on 2/2 and 3. It's even good after it gets cold because of much egg, and very popular enough for people to make a line to buy. Enjoy it together with Setsubun Festival!

Tenryu Temple

Japan's First Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty 'Sogen-chi Garden'

Tenryuji-temple is famous for the beautiful Japanese garden. This garden is Japan's First Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty. And I always feel Japanese elegance from the garden with a pond in the center and Arashiyama in the background.

Look Inside Of Yourself And Make Strong Mind At A Stone Garden Of Kyoto's Zen Temple

In the cool air of the early morning in late autumn. Can you find the beauty of the natural garden and how you should be? It's not bad to look for something 'lovely', but let's stretch your back at a simple place once in a while.

Kurumazaki Shrine

A Spiritual Power Stone That Makes Your Wishes Come True & Tama-gaki As Benefactions From Celebrities

Kurumazaki Shrine is popular as a spiritual power spot where your wishes come true after praying in front of the stone called 'Kinen-shinseki'. And the fences named Japanese celebrities are also worth seeing.

Early & Late Blooming Cherries! Various Kinds At A Former 'Cherry Blossom Shrine'

At the precinct called 'Cherry Blossom Shrine' since Heian period (in around 800), you can enjoy various cherry blossoms, such as early Kawazu-zakura and late Nioi-zakura, for as long as one month. There're many picturesque places that has beautiful contrast with blue sky and shrine's vermilion colors, though it's a small shrine.

Ruriko-in Temple

Ruriko-in Temple's Breathtaking Reflection Designed By Japanese Maple Leaves

A famous place for maple leaves viewing, Ruriko-in Temple has terms of special visiting for a few months in spring and autumn. You can see the beautiful green leaves in spring, and colorful ones in autumn. The reflections on the floor and desk is so wonderful!

Kyoto Aquarium

Jellyfish Fans Shouldn't Miss! An Interactive Art Of Kyoto Aquarium

A lots of jellyfish appeared in aromatic and dark room create a very fantasy world with unexpected light effects. How about being healed by the swinging jellyfish in this winter?

Dolphin Show In Kyoto Downtown! The Biggest Inland Aquarium

Located in Kyoto city without sea, it's the biggest inland aquarium in Japan. A natural treasure Salamander, seal and penguin. What's else, they exhibit the scenes of rivers and terraced rice fields in Kyoto. You can learn nature of Kyoto that you never see by just visiting tourist spots.

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