Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Kyoto Aquarium
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    4.0
    550 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kankijichou 35-1 (in Umekoji Park)
    "This inland aquarium is located in Umekoji Park, about a 15-minute walk from Kyoto Station. It consists of 10 areas, including the area of giant salamanders that inhabit the Kamo River, a huge tank filled with artificial seawater that recreates the Kyoto Sea, dolphins, penguins, etc. In July 2020, ""Jellyfish Wonders"" opened, exhibiting 5,000 jellyfish of about 30 species, the largest number in western Japan."

    Famous aquarium in Kyoto. Worth visiting if you live in Kyoto. One of the unique features of this aquarium is the tanks with countless jellyfish. They display many varieties of jellyfish in various...

  • Kyoto International Manga Museum
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    4.0
    615 Reviews
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    Karasuma-ku Ikegami Le, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
    This manga museum in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto, is Japan's largest manga museum. It first opened in 2006. Including valuable works from the Meiji period and the post-WWII period as well as popular modern titles and foreign works, they have almost 300,000 pieces in their collection. One of their showcases is a ''Manga Wall'' with 50,000 volumes of manga arrayed on bookcases that visitors can freely read. The spacious building is the former Tatsuike Elementary School and people can be found everywhere inside or outside on the lawn reading manga. This is a popular location for foreign tourists and couples.

    Great visit! This is a wonderful stop if you have anyone in your party who is remotely interested in Manga. We spent 1-2 hours there, worth the entrance fee. We all learned great, factual...

  • Amanohashidate View Land
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    4.0
    467 Reviews
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    Kyoto Miyadushi Monju
    This is an amusement park at the summit of Mt. Monju, Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture with a viewing platform from which one can see Amanohashidate. Along with attractions including go karts, merry go rounds and a Ferris wheel, the view from the viewing platform restaurant is stunning. There are seven “fork peepholes” that allow one to look between the forks of Amanohashidate, and the Hiryukan through which one can see what looks like a dragon ascending to heaven. There are monorail and lift services to and from the foot of the mountain.

    This view point offers glorious view of the NATURAL BRIDGE. The 3.6 km narrow and long sand walk with 3000 plus pine trees looks like picture postcard. The place can be accessed via monorail or chair...

  • Kyoto Kyocera Art Museum
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    4.0
    210 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Okazakienshojicho 124

    An interesting space with a numer of special exhibitions. We were fortunate enough to see a modern, urban art exhibition. The museum was not as expected. The museum at home has permanent...

  • Yasaka Hall Gion Corner
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    3.0
    534 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 570-2 Inside the Yakinikan
    Here you can enjoy seven of Japan's traditional arts in the space of about an hour including Kyomai traditional Kyoto dance, Kyogen comedy theater, Gagaku traditional court music, Bunraku puppet theater, koto music, tea ceremony, and ikebana flower arranging. It is located inside the Yasaka Hall in Gion, Kyoto City, nearby the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo theater. In the lobby you'll find pictures of annual festivals held in ''Kyoto Gokagai (five districts)'' (Gion Kobu, Miyagawa-cho, Ponto-cho, Kamishichiken, Gion Higashi) as well as a Maiko gallery showing the ornamental flower pins worn by the Maiko, their hairstyles, and other small items. This is a famous place for seeing the character of Japan and is popular amongst students on school trips and foreign visitors. It is a five-minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Line.

    Perfect for a short, sharp overview of Japanese culture at an affordable price and in a theatre environment. The show was translated into English so the audience on a device which was very helpful...

  • Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
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    4.5
    294 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Kyoutogyoen 3
    A 65 hectare garden surrounding Kyoto Gosho and Sento Gosho (Imperial Palaces) which can be freely visited at any time. Before the capital was moved to Tokyo, the area was filled with mansions for imperial household members and court nobles, but after the move, these were demolished and the area was refurbished as grounds for the palace. Later, it was opened up as a public garden. Home to such historic sites as, of course, the palace, Kujo Pond, and the Shu Sui Tei (Tea-ceremony House), the garden is also filled with trees, small rivers, and an abundance of natural beauty. There are tennis courts, sports grounds, and other exercise facilities, and people of all ages can come here to relax and refresh themselves.

    After a grueling 12 hour flight from LAX to KIX and a somewhat fitful night of sleeping, this garden was exactly what my wife, my 1.5 year old son, and I needed. After a nice breakfast, we arrived...

  • COMPLEX ENTERTAINMENT GEAR (administration office ART COMPLEX 1928)
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    5.0
    458 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sanjodori Gokomachi Higashiiri Benkeiishicho 561928 Building 3F

    The show was amazing!! Super fun, the set design and effects were super cool and the cast extremely talented and charismatic. I wish I could see it again for the first time. Highly highly recommend...

  • Kyoto City Zoo
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    3.5
    248 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakihoushoujichou In Okazaki Park
    A zoo established by the city of Kyoto located in the Okazaki area of Sakyo Ward. This historic zoo was the second to be opened in the country, having begun operating in 1903. The zoo is dedicated to animal breeding and has achieved the first successful breeding in Japan of species such as lions, tigers, western lowland gorillas, and lar gibbons. The zoo houses numerous exhibits only found here, including an Asian elephant herd in the Forest of Elephants and a Gorilla House where visitors can see gorillas learning with the use of touch panels, a first in Japan. In the Otogi no Kuni (Fairy Land) exhibit Animals, used to the presence of humans such as domesticated farm animals can be viewed up close and touched, providing visitors to have fun while learning about the preciousness of life.

    Literally horrible, I hated it there. If youre planning on going to Kyoto, go to the aquarium instead, I went there too and its so much better. Went there with my dad, hated this place. The...

  • Kyoto Station Building
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Karasumaru Saltwater Road Down Le Higashi Salokoji-machi 901
    This is a large station building with 16 floors over and three floors underground that houses JR Kyoto Station - the entrance to Kyoto. Along with Kyoto Station itself there are a range of facilities including Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Kyoto Theater, Isetan department store, specialist shops, an art gallery, a rooftop garden, and Kyoto ramen alley. The central concourse is a roof-covered atrium, and there is a sky path 45 meters above ground. The famous 30-meter-long 171-step staircase is illuminated at night.
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
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    4.0
    158 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakienshoujichou
    This art museum inside Okazaki Park in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City first opened its doors in 1963. The museum’s annex, a modern building of glass and gray walls, was completed in 1986. The museum collects and preserves modern art from both within Japan and around the world and boasts a collection of over 12,000 pieces. The museum places particular emphasis on art from Western Japan and the Kansai region with a focus on Kyoto and has a collection of many works from the Kyoto and Kansai art worlds. The museum also displays industrial art pieces. In addition to a permanent exhibit whose contents are changed periodically, the museum also holds special exhibitions. The adjoining authentic Italian café is also popular.

    The museum is not a large building. I recall seeing 3 levels of exhibitions permanent and also special exhibition. The permanent exhibition was nice although there was no description in other...

  • Umekoji Park
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    4.0
    135 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kankijichou 56-3
    A park located on the former site of the Japan Freight Railway Company Umekoji Station that was built to commemorate the 1,200th anniversary of the foundation of Heiankyo, the ancient capital of Japan. The parks spacious 13.7 hectare grounds include a lawn surrounded by flowers and trees, a riverbed where families can play in the shallow waters, and a forest designed to recreate an animal biotope. The park is also used for a variety of events. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, a nostalgic street car operates in the park between the Hazesaku Yume and Shiden plazas. Kyoto’s first aquarium was opened in the park in 2012, and one of the largest railroad museums in Japan was also opened here in 2016. Walk 15 minutes west from Kyoto Station.

    This is surely a beautiful and serene park in Kyoto. On our way to the Railway Museum (see my review earlier for this place too), we passed by this park. Although it was 12.30pm, it wasnt sunny or...

  • Byodoin Museum Hoshokan
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    4.5
    234 Reviews
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    Kyoto Uji-shi Uji Renge 116 (Byodoin Keidai)
    This museum was opened in 2001 to preserve the collection from the former treasure house, which had deteriorated. The garden is designated as a famous historic landmark, and the building exterior is designed to blend perfectly with it, with special features like using natural lighting in the interior. In addition to being a registered National and Uji City Important Cultural Asset, it also displays a collection of Heian period onigawara gargoyle roof tiles excavated from archaeological sites.

    A visit to the museum comes with the entrance price when visiting Byodoin Temple. I found the museum to be a great addition! The museum was pretty large with a lot of great artifacts and information...

  • Uji City The Tale of Genji Museum
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    4.0
    147 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Higashiuchi 45-26
    This museum located in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture collects and displays materials pertaining to the Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji), the full-length novel by Murasaki Shikibu. Inside, it is divided into video exhibition rooms including the Heian-no-Ma which introduces the world of the Genji Monogatari and the life of Japanese nobles with models and video, and the Uji-no-Ma, which takes the theme of Uji Jujo (The 10 Quires of Uji) in the third part of the Genji Monogatari, which was set in Uji. There are also a teahouse offering Japanese sweets and a shop selling merchandise related to the Genji Monogatari.

    This attractive modern museum reveals the ancient and elegant world of the Heian period of Japan through interactive displays, full screen sets and models. The focus? Just one:The Tale of Genji...

  • Nishijin Textile Center
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    3.5
    173 Reviews
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    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto city Kamigyo-ku Horikawa dori Imadegawa south entrance west side
    This meeting hall in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture introduces the charm of Japanese clothing, especially Nishijin silk fabrics, and displays related items. The third floor has a show stage on which they hold the extravagant Kimono Show each hour. With the workshops allowing one to watch artisans up close and the reservation handmaking experience activities, there are facilities for one to watch, sow and experience while learning and having fun. There are also Japanese trinkets on sale including clothing sundries and mufflers made of pure Japan-produced silk.

    My wife was a little disappointed. She was hoping for fabric she couldnt get at home in Australia. Nothing extraordinary.

  • Asahi Group Oyamazaki Sanso Art Museum
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    4.0
    151 Reviews
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    Kyoto Otokuni-gun Oyamazakicho Zenihara 5-3
    Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art is located in the town of Oyamazaki, Otokuni County, Kyoto Prefecture. Industrialist Shotaro Kaga designed and built the original building, Oyamazaki Villa, which was later remodeled and converted to a museum. It holds exhibits and displays collections of artists associated with the folk art movement. Located on the slopes of Mount Tennozan, it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the confluence of three rivers: the Kizu River, the Uji River, and the Katsura River.

    This relatively small villa museum offers a look at a Western-style residence in Japan along with much decorative art and a few Monet paintings. We made a day trip here from Kyoto with a friend, and...

  • Kyoto National Museum
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Chayachou 527
    A museum located in the Chaya-cho neighborhood of Higashiyama Ward which first opened in 1897 as the Imperial Museum of Kyoto. The museum changed to its current name in 1952. Visitors can enjoy viewing the museum’s collection of masterpieces and historic objects, including National Treasures, such as paintings, carvings, writings, and swords. The museum also holds special exhibitions.
  • Kasamatsu Park
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
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    Kyoto Miyadushi Ogaki
    Located on the north side of Amanohashidate, this park is famous for its viewing platform located 130 meters up the side of Mt. Nariai deemed the “birthplace of ‘matanozoki’ (bending over and looking at the world upside-down from between one’s legs).” The Amanohashidate Cable Car and a lift operate between Fuchu Station at the foot of the mountain and Kasamatsu Station, making it easy to come view the scenery. The view of Amanohashidate from here is considered one of the three best of the area. Referred to as “Naname ichimoji” (“the Slanted Character,”) it is also called the “view of the rising dragon” due to its resemblance to a sinuous dragon rising towards the heavens. The park is filled with enjoyable sites and areas, including a circular sky deck, wooden viewing deck, wishing bell and wishing lock rail, and the Ama Terrace restaurant.

    while going up used cable car and while returning used single chair lift Both were fun and very good , safe

  • Toei Kyoto Studio Park
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Uzumasahigashihachiokachou 10
    A movie theme park located in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City which makes portions of the Toei Kyoto film studio open to the public. The park offers a variety of events and attractions, including the chance to see how television programs and movies are filmed on a recreated open set, historical dram sword fight and acting shows, a haunted house, and classes on theatrical sword fighting. The park also hosts restaurants and cafes. People of all ages can enjoy an entire day of fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park. The park’s variety of opportunities to try out movie and TV related costumes are particularly popular, from simple costumes like those worn in historical dramas that can be put on in 15-20 minutes to photography sessions taken by professional photographers.
  • Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Arashiyamanakaoshitachou 61
    First opened in 1956, this park halfway up Mt. Iwata in Arashiyama Mountain Range is home to some 120 Japanese macaques. The monkeys tend to congregate at the viewing area. Living wild and free to walk about the nature-rich grounds, visitors can easily observe them as they go about their lives. The shop at the mountain top rest area sells peanuts and apples for feeding to the monkeys. Colored by beautiful pink cherry blossoms in spring and fall foliage in autumn, the viewing area offers a sweeping view of Kyoto City. This location is particularly popular with international tourists. Arashiyama Station is the closest station to the park.
  • Kyoto Botanical Garden
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    4 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shimogamohangichou
    Opened in 1924, this is Japan’s oldest public botanical garden. Some 120 thousand plants grow on the garden’s spacious grounds, spanning some 12 thousand varieties. The south side of the garden features the front entrance flower beds blooming with seasonal flowers, a rose garden, and one of the largest greenhouses in Japan, were visitors can enjoy rare tropical plants such as welwitschia and baobab. The north side of the garden includes the virgin Nakaragi Forest and a garden presenting a natural plant ecology as well as cherry trees, Japanese apricot trees, and Japanese irises. The cherry tree blossoms from mid-March to late April are truly splendid and their illumination at night is a must-see. Children of junior high school age and younger as well as senior citizens 70 years of age and older may enter free. Kitayama Station is the closest station to the garden.

    植物園の中には他に飲食のできるお店がないので、カフェが飲みたくなれば、ここに来ることになる。周囲は芝生の広がるスペースで、非常に気持ちがいい。うどんなどの簡単な軽食もあるようだ。

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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