Best Tourist Spots In Kyoto

Here're best Tourist Spots in Kyoto. We released a ranking of reviews about Tourist Spots posted by travel influencers who have actually been to Kyoto.

Review Ranking

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Address:Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Keage Station. 25 min by bus from Kyoto Station to Nanzenji Eikando, then 10 min walk.

I visited Nanzenji Temple, a popular spot for autumn leaves, and Tenju-an Temple, which has two beautiful gardens, in kimono. The autumn leaves in the eastern garden were in full bloom, and it was a magnificent view that you could see forever while sitting on the porch. Another wonderful view that sighs is the autumn leaves in the south garden, which looks like a painting, cut out by the window frame of the Shoin. When I raised my face to buy a ticket at the entrance, I jumped into my eyes first and was fascinated.

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Address:149 Kawakami Okuyamada Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 30 min from JR Uji Station or Kintetsu Shintanabe Station to Ichumae, and change bus to Okuyamada for 15 min, then walk 10 min. By car, 60 min from Kyoto city. Free parking area is available.

Tel:0774-88-3601 

Hours:8:30-16:30

Shouju-in Temple is famous for the lovely heart-shaped window called Inome-mado. Not only the window, I was fascinated with the beautiful paintings on the ceiling that are different one by one. In summer, you can also enjoy tea in the beautiful sounds of wind bell.

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Address:1-294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Gojōzaka, then 10 min walk. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-551-1234

Hours:6:00-18:30

Kiyomizu Temple, an unmissable spot for sightseeing in Kyoto. During the special honor of visiting held three times in a year, the blue light goes through the sky in Kyoto. This light, they says, expresses the mercy of Kwannon.

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Address:55 Higashiyama Kamitakano Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min walk from Yase Hieizan-guchi Station, 5 min walk from Yase Station. By bus, 50 min from Kyoto Station to Yase Station, then 7 min walk.

Tel:075-781-4001

The spring special visiting is opened till 6/15 in 2018. The relaxing room extends here. The table room, which has been a hot topic in SNS, you can see various reflections from different directions. And, it's so gorgeous and beautiful.

5

Toji Temple

13 Review

Address:1 Kujyo-cho Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Kyoto Station, or 10 min walk from Toji Station. By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Toji-mae.

Tel:075-691-3325

Hours:5:00-17:00

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.

6

Address:68 Fukakusayabunouchi-cho Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:Just near JR Inari Station, or 5 min walk from Keihan Fushimi Inari Station. By bus, 15 min from Kyoto to Inaritaisha, then 7 min walk. By car, 20 min from Kyoto Minami IC.

Tel:075-641-7331

Hours:8:30-16:30

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.

7

Address:7 Nakajimatobarikyu-cho Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:20 min by bus from Kyoto Station (Hachijo Exit). 15 min walk from Takeda Station. 10 min by car or taxi from Kyoto Station, and free parking area is available.

Tel:075-623-0846

Hours:9:00-16:30

As for plum blossom in Kyoto, Jyonangu Shrine is famous. The weeping plum blossoms all over the garden and fallen camellia flowers are beautiful, and make us feel spring has come. I feel spring when I visit here.

8

Address:180 Kibune-cho Kurama Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min from Kifune-guchi Station of Eizan Train to 'Kifune', then walk 5 min.

Kifune Shrine changes its appearance in each season. From spring to summer, you can see the lively scenery of fresh green.

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Address:15-795 Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:7 min walk from Tofukuji Station. 1 min by car or taxi from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-561-4311

Hours:9:00-17:00

We cannot always see this flower purification fountain (Chozusha: a place for purification of your hands and mouth before you enter shrines or temples). And the flowers change every season. If you have a good chance to visit, I want you to see it.

10

Keage Incline

12 Review

Address:Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:3 min walk from Keage Station. By car or taxi, 20 min from Kyoto Station.

Many famous tourist spots become snow landscape in Kyoto. But, Keage Incline hardly ever be covered with snow, and its snow landscape can be seen only when it snows so much. So, I was very excited to be able to take this pictures.

11

Address:931 Bakuro-cho Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:30 min by bus from Kyoto Station. 5 min walk from Hakubai-cho Station. 25 min by car or taxi from Kyoto Station. Free parking area is available.

Tel:075-461-0005

Hours:5:00-18:00

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine 'Momiji Garden' is well known as a beautiful place of scarlet maple leaves. There're about 350 trees of around 400 years old and the new green sceneries make people feel quiet and refreshed in May.

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Address:390-1 Kin'en-cho Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 12 min from Kyoto Station to Kiyomizu-michi, then 3 min walk. By bus or taxi, 12 min from Kyoto Station, 7 min from Keihan Shijo Station.

Hours:9:00-17:00

I wrote my wish on a colorful ball at Yasaka Koshin-do Temple in Kyoto. It's a nice place my heart leaps up just looking at them. Your Instagram must be able to get many likes!

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Sagano

7 Review

Address:Sagaogurayamatabushiyama-cho, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk, from Arashiyama Station

Bamboo Forest is a must-visit place in Arashiyama. Even in summer, you can feel the cool air in the early morning, and have an excellent morning walk.

14

Address:Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5min walk from Keihan Chushojima Station. Ride a boat near Benten Bridge across the Horikawa River.

Jikkoku-bune boat of Kyoto Fushimi commands the particularly beautiful scene of cherry blossom in spring. What's more, the scenery of the boat going between the cherry blossom raft which appears when they're out of bloom on the water surface, is amazing! People can enjoy this scenery for a while even after the cherry blossoms fall.

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Address:13 Kotani-cho Ichijo-ji Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:35 min by bus from Kyoto Station to Ichijoji Sagari Matsu-cho, then 10 min walk. 15 min walk from Ichijoji Station. By car, 30 min from Kyoto Station.

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♡◎To take picture like a frame, you need to wait the timing people go away. But, the temple's attendant will tell you a good timing, so you can take picture like this!

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Address:1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By car, 25 min from Kyoto Higashi IC, 30 min from Kyoto Minami IC. By bus, 30 min from Kyoto Station to Kinkakuji Michi, then walk 5 min.

Tel:075-461-0013

Hours:9:00-17:00

A good sightseeing spot that you can appreciate the seasons and the history of Kyoto.

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Address:526 Shimo-Kawaramachi Kodaiji Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Keihan Gion Shijo Station. 20 min by bus from Kyoto Station to Higashiyama Yasui, then 7 min walk. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:075-561-9966

Hours:9:00-17:30

Beautiful weeping cherry tree (Shidare Zakura) standing on the white sands of Hojo Garden of Kodai-ji Temple. We can see the beauty of Japan and tasteful atmosphere of Kyoto. The admission fee is 600 yen. It would be illuminated in that season.

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Address:116 Renge Uji, Uji-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Uji Station. By car, 40 min from Kyoto City.

Tel:0774-21-2861

Hours:8:30-17:30

Many people visit Byodoin Temple during the autumn color light-up event. The weather was perfect and there was no winds, I could see this amazing reflections of Phoenix Hall (Hou-ou-dou) on the water.◎Autumn Color Light Up in 2018: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & National Holidays during November 17th to December 2nd. You need to choose daytime or evening.

19

Address:Ine-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 55 min from Amanohashidate Station to Iya. By car, 40 min from Yoza-amanohashidate IC.

I went to Ine to take pictures of stars! The collaboration of the beautiful town lined with boathouses and the starry sky was amazingly beautiful! And the sea of Kyoto, too!◎It's far from the nearest station, so you need to go by car.

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Address:48 Eikando-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Keage Station. By bus, 25 min from Kyoto Station or 10 min from Sanjo-keihan Station to Nanzanji Eikando. Free parking area is available.

Tel:075-761-0007

Hours:9:00-17:00

Although Eikando could be very crowded with many tourists in the season of autumn leaves, you can see around calmly now in the fresh greens for there're fewer visitors. In the precinct of Eikando, you must see the beautifully curved Garyu-ro (Hallway Of Lying Dragon: named after its ceiling which is similar to a dragon's back).

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Address:150-11 Yodoikegami-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Yodo Station

You can see the early cherry blossom Kawazu Zakura in Kansai Region not only in Kawazu. If you travel in Kyoto, you're encouraged to visit Yodo Waterway to see Kawazu Zakura. They dyes pink along the river. It becomes at its best in the middle of March. Why don't you come to feel spring?

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Address:540 Ohara Koin-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 60 min from Kyoto Station to 'Ohara Bus Stop', then 10 min walk. By car, 20 min from Mano IC. There's no parking area, you can use toll parking lot nearby.

Tel:075-744-2531

Hours:8:30-17:00

Sanzen-in Temple is located at Kyoto Ohara where has the beautiful nature in each season. Its garden is covered with moss and you can leave the daily life in front of the beautiful and comfortable scenery. A lovely Warabe Jizo (a stone image with child face) makes us feel at ease.

23

Address:Higashiyama, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:1 min walk, from Higashiyama Station

Once you step into a small shopping street, you will find lots of cute lanterns. There are many renovated shops here, there are inns, and you can walk while having fun.

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Address:68 Sagatenryu-ji Susukinobaba-cho Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Tel:075-881-1235

Hours:8:30-17:30

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.◎A famous picture of Daruma and a ceiling picture of Dragon are also interesting. Visiting in early morning, you can see them without congestion.

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Address:388 Shimizuyasakakami-machi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 20 min from Kyoto Station to Higashiyama Yasui, then 5 min walk. 15 min walk from Keihan Shijo Station. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

This slope where we can see Yasaka Pagoda, is very famous spot in Kyoto. It has the various atmosphere in each time. Specially, after the evening glow. many tourists get together to take pictures.

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Address:21 Shigadani Todou , Uji-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Mimuroto-ji Temple. 40 min by car from Kyoto city. Toll parking area is available.

You can enjoy seeing seasonal flowers at Mimuroto-ji Temple. In the rainy season, there're 10 thousand trees of hydrangea on the slope. The night illumination is, as you see, very fantastic!◎You can walk from Mimuroto Station of Keihan Line. Also, parking area is available.

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Address:Kitayama, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan

Access:1 min walk, from Kitayama Station

Tel:075-724-2188

Hours:9:00-17:00

This museum is the first painting garden in the world. Michelangelo "The Last Judgment" is about 14m high! This place is a little far from Kyoto station.

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Address:Daigohigashioji-cho Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Tel:075-571-0002

Hours:9:00-17:00,9:00-16:30

A famous spot for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto. A festival 'Ho-taiko cherry blossom viewing parade' is held every year on the second Sunday in April. You shouldn't miss Sanboin's beautiful circuit style garden designed by Hideyoshi himself. Ho-taiko is an another name of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

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Address:12 Goshonodan-cho, Shishigatani, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min by car or taxi from Jingu Maruta Machi Station

Tel:075-771-4040

Reikanji Temple in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. From March 20th to April 4th, 2021, a special spring visit to enjoy beautiful camellias has begun. There are lots of highlights such as Hanatemizu, which has a cute contrast between dark pink and slightly pink near the entrance, and a lot of pink camellias spread on a carpet of green moss. The viewing period is limited, so if you are interested, please do so as soon as possible.

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Address:Gion-machi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:8 min walk, from Gionshijo Station

You can enjoy Gion-bayashi (traditional festival music), Yamahoko floats that are hardly seen, and food stalls! The main Shijo Street becomes pedestrian precinct from Horikawa to Higashi-Oji.

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Stunning Views

Sagano

7 Review

Address:Sagaogurayamatabushiyama-cho, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk, from Arashiyama Station

Bamboo Forest is a must-visit place in Arashiyama. Even in summer, you can feel the cool air in the early morning, and have an excellent morning walk.

Fashionable Spots

Keage Incline

12 Review

Address:Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:3 min walk from Keage Station. By car or taxi, 20 min from Kyoto Station.

Keage Incline, a famous spot for Kyoto insta, right from Keage Station! Two cute people who look good in kimono. I often see the bride and groom who took a picture before marriage, I recommend it!

Spots With Great Nature

Address:540 Ohara Koin-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 60 min from Kyoto Station to 'Ohara Bus Stop', then 10 min walk. By car, 20 min from Mano IC. There's no parking area, you can use toll parking lot nearby.

Tel:075-744-2531

Hours:8:30-17:00

Sanzen-in Temple is located at Kyoto Ohara where has the beautiful nature in each season. Its garden is covered with moss and you can leave the daily life in front of the beautiful and comfortable scenery. A lovely Warabe Jizo (a stone image with child face) makes us feel at ease.

Architectures

Keage Incline

12 Review

Address:Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:3 min walk from Keage Station. By car or taxi, 20 min from Kyoto Station.

Many famous tourist spots become snow landscape in Kyoto. But, Keage Incline hardly ever be covered with snow, and its snow landscape can be seen only when it snows so much. So, I was very excited to be able to take this pictures.

Restaurants

Saori

12 Review

Address:170-1 Izumiya-cho, Shimojo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min walk from Gion Shijo or Kawaramachi Station.

Tel:050-5456-0833

Hours:10:00-18:00

Montblanc specialty store in Kiyamachi. The Montblanc that comes out of a sea urchin with a custom-made machine is artistic. Its thinness is 1 mm. This store is very popular every day.

Hotels

Address:245-2, Kurumaya-cho, Chokyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:Soon, from Karasumaoike Station

The first Ace Hotel Kyoto in Asia that just opened in June of this year. The Ace Hotel is famous for its high design and has become a hot new spot. The cafe on the 1st floor is Stumptown coffee roasters, which opened for the first time in Japan. The restaurant on the 3rd floor offers a slightly luxurious and fashionable breakfast.

Spots With Beautiful Flowers

Address:150-11 Yodoikegami-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Yodo Station

You can see the early cherry blossom Kawazu Zakura in Kansai Region not only in Kawazu. If you travel in Kyoto, you're encouraged to visit Yodo Waterway to see Kawazu Zakura. They dyes pink along the river. It becomes at its best in the middle of March. Why don't you come to feel spring?

Beautiful Townscape

Address:388 Shimizuyasakakami-machi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 20 min from Kyoto Station to Higashiyama Yasui, then 5 min walk. 15 min walk from Keihan Shijo Station. By car or taxi, 15 min from Kyoto Station.

This slope where we can see Yasaka Pagoda, is very famous spot in Kyoto. It has the various atmosphere in each time. Specially, after the evening glow. many tourists get together to take pictures.

Shrines And Temples

Toji Temple

13 Review

Address:1 Kujyo-cho Minami-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:15 min walk from Kyoto Station, or 10 min walk from Toji Station. By bus, 10 min from Kyoto Station to Toji-mae.

Tel:075-691-3325

Hours:5:00-17:00

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.

Autumn Destinations

Address:55 Higashiyama Kamitakano Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min walk from Yase Hieizan-guchi Station, 5 min walk from Yase Station. By bus, 50 min from Kyoto Station to Yase Station, then 7 min walk.

Tel:075-781-4001

Ruriko-in Temple is located at Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. It has 'Special Visiting' in the season of autumn colors. There're many thing s to see such as fall foliage and a tasteful Japanese garden.◎I took this pics in 2017. During the term of 'Special Visiting', it's get so crowded with tourists that please enjoy beautiful scenery with good manners.

Events And Festivals (Omatsuri)

Address:Gion-machi Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:8 min walk, from Gionshijo Station

You can enjoy Gion-bayashi (traditional festival music), Yamahoko floats that are hardly seen, and food stalls! The main Shijo Street becomes pedestrian precinct from Horikawa to Higashi-Oji.

Area

Miyazu-shi

Address:Takiba, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto

Access:5 min by car from Miyazu Amanohashidate IC

Though even the beginner can access easily to Kanabiki Waterfall, it must make you impressed! The collaboration of fresh greens and the waterfall is, for sure, Instagenic!

Nagaokakyo-shi

Address:26-1 Nishi-jonouchi Ao, Nagaokakyo-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus, 10 min from Nagaoka Tenjin Station to 'Asahiga-oka Home', then 3 min walk.

Komyo-ji Temple is well known for its autumn colored leaves. Now, it has a stunning view of fresh greens covering all over the temple.

Souraku-gun

Address:8 Kamite Harayama Wazuka-cho, Souraku-gun, Kyoto

Access:Take bus from JR Kamo Station to Harayama Bus Stop, then walk for 20 min. By car, 60 min from Kyoto Station.

Kyoto Wazuka is famous for Japanese tea. Though it takes time to arrive here, this scenery makes us impressed! Except for this circular tea fields, there're many tea cultivated area, which will bring us peace of mind.

Kuse-gun

Address:Kouzuya, Kuse-gun, Kyoto

Access:15 min by car or taxi from Kutsukawa Station

A wooden bridge as long as 365.5 meters across Kizugawa River, that connects Kumiyama town and Yahata city. When the water level rises with the heavy rains, the bridge girders and planks are floated away.

Nantan-shi

Address:21-1 Ageishi Kita Miyama-cho, Nantan-shi, Kyoto

Access:By bus from Kyoto, 50 min to Shuzan (change bus) - 30 min to Miyawaki (change bus) - 20 min to Kayabuki-no Sato. By car, 90 min from Kyoto city. Parking area is available.

Tel:0771-75-1906

Miyama Thatched Village is a place where you can see the old Japanese scenery all around the year. The historical landscape including some traditional architectures has been conserved well, and it's designated as a national conservation district of traditional buildings. Beautiful hydrangeas welcome the visitors at the entrance of the village.

Ayabe-shi

Address:Oitomi-cho, Ayabe-shi, Kyoto

Gregarious Japanese irises was unexpectedly found by a photographer a few years ago. At the time of full-bloom, the whole scenery even the face of a mountain is wrapped in a white world of Japanese irises.◎One report says there're as many as 4 million flowers there. The best season to see is May. During the period, a rest place is prepared. Parking lot is free.

Kameoka-shi

Address:East side of Kameoka Gym Park, Anagawa Yoshikawa-cho, Kameoka-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min by bus from Kameoka Station to Unndo Koen^-mae. By car or taxi, 40 min from Kyoto Station.

Tel:0771-55-9111

Hours:9:00-16:30

Yume Cosmos Garden, at Kameoka in Kyoto, has 20 kinds and 8 million cosmos in its best season. You can see the cosmos in color we can rarely see at other places!

Kyoto-shi

Address:Nanzenji Fukuchi-cho Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Keage Station. 25 min by bus from Kyoto Station to Nanzenji Eikando, then 10 min walk.

I visited Nanzenji Temple, a popular spot for autumn leaves, and Tenju-an Temple, which has two beautiful gardens, in kimono. The autumn leaves in the eastern garden were in full bloom, and it was a magnificent view that you could see forever while sitting on the porch. Another wonderful view that sighs is the autumn leaves in the south garden, which looks like a painting, cut out by the window frame of the Shoin. When I raised my face to buy a ticket at the entrance, I jumped into my eyes first and was fascinated.

Uji-shi

Address:116 Renge Uji, Uji-shi, Kyoto

Access:10 min walk from Uji Station. By car, 40 min from Kyoto City.

Tel:0774-21-2861

Hours:8:30-17:30

Many people visit Byodoin Temple during the autumn color light-up event. The weather was perfect and there was no winds, I could see this amazing reflections of Phoenix Hall (Hou-ou-dou) on the water.◎Autumn Color Light Up in 2018: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & National Holidays during November 17th to December 2nd. You need to choose daytime or evening.

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