Did you know you didn’t need to rely on the complicated public transportation to see the best bits of Kyoto? Check out the most efficient route to get around the city with no time wasting!
Isn’t it hard to decide where to visit in Kyoto as there are so many attractions to see with a limited time? Today, I’d like to introduce a great route which you can go on foot and see over 10 must-visit top tourist sites in Kyoto.
On this article, we focus on the east side of Kyoto Station, Gion and Higashiyama areas. These areas are especially known for the well-preserved old townscape and numbers historic sites. If you plan well in advance and use time wisely, it is possible to see very best of this beautiful areas in a day!
Also these areas are hugely known as great photo spots. The nostalgic and historical townscape attracts photographers from all around the world, and Instagrammers lately.
Make sure to bring your camera ready and let’s capture the photogenic “traditional Kyoto” scenery.
So let’s start the best walking tour in Higashiyama and Gion areas and hunt for the best highlights there.
1. Kiyomizudera Temple (清水寺)
Let’s start from the most famous symbol of the city. The temple is great to visit all year round. The trees surrounded reflects each season’s colors and display amazing scenery.
Take a picture of the magnificent wooden terrace, and see numbers of historical buildings in the site.
As you head towards north and enter Gion area, there is a big red torii gate of Yasaka Shrine. This main gate is another photogenic spot you should stop by for a picture. The shrine’s main hall was built with a special construction called Gion Zukuri which can be rarely seen today.
Next to the shrine, there is Maruyama Park, the most historical park in the city. The vast park consists a pond, Japanese garden and cherry trees which flourish and attract a large number of visitors every spring.
After walking 1 or 2 blocks towards west from Yasaka Shrine, there are iconic sights of Hanamikoji Alley and Tatsumibashi Bridge. They are the most famous view in Gion area.
Hanamikoji Alley is the busiest street in the area, which connects to Kenchoji Temple (建長寺). The stone paved alley is filled with restaurants, bars and some shops offering traditional activities and entertainments.
Let me also mention that Gion area is best known as the “district of Maiko & Geisha”, where you have a chance to see them in beautiful kimono dress.
All these attractive spots are situated within 2.5 km and walking distance. After getting around these spots, there are only a few top tourist sites left in the city!
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