Sightseeing Spot Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Maruyama Park
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Maruyamachou
    Established in 1886, Maruyama Park is the oldest park in Kyoto City and is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. A strolling garden built around a central pond created by the famed Ogawa Jihei VII, the graceful design makes use of natural hills. The garden vicinity is dotted with buildings such as a traditional Japanese ryotei restaurant, tea house, and the Maruyama Park Concert Hall as well as numerous other points of note, including Basho’s Hermitage and bronze statues of Sakamoto Ryoma and Nakaoka Shintaro. Also famous for its “Gion weeping cherry trees,” the beauty of the park’s cherries illuminated at night have become a must-see symbol of Kyoto. Gion-Shijo Station is the closest station to the park.

    Mobs of people flock to Maruyama Park during cherry-blossom season. There is a huge sakura tree in the park that is incredibly impressive. The tree and the park are well lighted at night and...

  • Arashiyama
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Ukyo-ku Arashiyama
    One of Kyoto’s leading tourist attractions, this 381.5-meter-high mountain and its environs have been designated as a National Historic Place of Beauty. On the mountain are the Iwatayama Monkey Park and Horinji Temple. Widely known as a spot for seeing cherry blossoms and changing autumn leaves, the scenery combining the Katsuragawa River to Togetsukyo Bridge is often used as a motif on picture postcards and pamphlets. Popular activities include walking the “bamboo forest road” from Tenryuji Temple or going around temples or shrines, a railcar ride to Kameoka, of the “Hozugawa-kudari” (Hozugawa river boat ride) pleasure cruise ride down the river to Arashiyama.
  • Kyoto State Guest House
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kamigyou-ku Kyoutogyoen 23
    As a place for hosting guests from around the world, this national guesthouse, located in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City has on its expansive grounds multiple Japanese style buildings distinctively designed with the Kyoto flavor. Naturally, the complex has well-appointed banquet halls, sleeping accommodations and courts. The guesthouse is open for guided tours to the public for a fee and is popular with tourists.

    Are you looking for something interesting, beautiful and a bit different, that not everyone does when visiting Kyoto? Then I recommend making a reservation for a guided tour of the State Guest House...

  • Haradanien
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Okitayamaharadaninuichou 36
    This private garden is located in Kita Ward, Kyoto City. A famous cherry blossom viewing spot, it is open to the public for a fee when they are in bloom from about March to April. There are also gallery seats inside, and you can enjoy a varied menu with items such as their Beni-shidare bento or Hanami bento lunch boxes that must be pre-ordered. In recent years, the garden is also open to the public in the autumn for the changing of the leaves.

    My wife and I visited March 31, 2023, just as this private garden cherry blossoms were reaching full bloom as well as other flowering plants. Wow! A few hours here was at the top of our visit to...

  • Benzaiten Choken-ji Temple
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Higashiyanagichou 511
    "A Buddhist temple located a three-minute walk from the ""Chushojima"" municipal bus station. Known as the ""Shima no Benten-san,"" the temple was established in 1699 by Takebe Masanoki. The main temple building enshrines a statue of Benzaiten, the temple is believed to grant worshippers aid in improving various performing arts abilities. The temple grounds are a renowned destination for cherry blossom viewing and in late March a variety of weeping cherries called the ""ito-zakura"" comes into bloom, making these the earliest flowering weeping cherries in Kyoto. The temple is also famous for its coin sized, shellfish-shaped amulets which are said to bring good luck."

    Everyone, you should never go to worship at this temple in Kyoto. The old mans priest here shouts out loud discriminatory and insulting terms when he doesnt like the people who visit the temple...

  • Gion Shirakawa
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    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto shi Higashiyama ku (along Shirakawa Nantong)
    A special place where you can enjoy the flowing Shirakawa River, lights from restaurants, Tatsumi Daimyojin Shrine, Tatsumi Bridge and the atmosphere of Kyoto all at once, it is especially beautiful during the cherry blossom season. Although there are only about 40 cherry blossom trees, watching them lit up at night is a must-see. The area is designated as a traditional building preservation district.
  • Suirokaku (near Nanzenji Temple)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjifukuchichou
    Suirokaku is bridge over a canal in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward. It is made of brick and built with arches, a design that calls to mind the art objects of ancient Rome. Located on a branch of a canal coming out of Lake Biwa, it was completed in 1888. It was built with special consideration for blending into the surrounding scenery, even as the canal flows through the grounds of Nanzenji Temple. The bridge has been used as a location for television dramas.
  • Isoshimizu
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    Kyoto Miyazu-shi Monju Amanohashidate Park
    This spring water is located in Amanohashidate, a scenic spot famous as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan as well as a national special scenic spot, and was selected as one of the 100 best waters in Japan by the Ministry of the Environment in 1985. Even though the area is surrounded by seawater, the spring water contains no salt and has been used to quench the thirst of visitors to the area since ancient times. The water is currently not drinkable, but is used as hand-water in the adjacent Amanohashidate Shrine.

    天橋立駅と傘松公園を結ぶ松並木の途中にあります。天橋立神社の隣にありますが、井戸から水が湧いていませんでした。時期によっては湧いているのかもしれません。

  • Keage Incline
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Nanzenjifukuchichou other
    An inclined railroad 582 meters long that served as part of the Lake Biwa Canal in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. It is the longest such incline in the world. The railroad was used from 1891 to 1948 to move boats over a steep incline on the Lake Biwa Canal that rose 36 meters in total. Today, visitors can walk along the tracks and, in spring, enjoy the Somei-yoshino and mountain cherry blossoms planted alongside.
  • Gion Tatsumi Bridge
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Higashiyama-ku Hanamikoji Tsutomu Shinbashi Nishiiru Le
    This stone-paved bridge spanning the Shirakawa River is about a seven-minute walk from Keihan Railway's Gion-Shijo Station in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. It was selected as an important preservation district for groups of traditional buildings, and is a place where you can enjoy traditional Kyoto scenes. The views are why the bridge is often used for productions such as dramas and movies.
  • Yodogawa Riverside Park Sewaritei Area
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    Kyoto Yawatashi Yawata Zaiouji
    This area is a vast flower viewing spot with cherry blossom trees stretching for 1.4 kilometers. There are approximately 250 of the most famous cherry trees, the Yoshino cherry, and the location is said to form a tunnel of cherry blossoms when in full bloom. Many people come to the Yawata Cherry Blossom Festival held during the flower viewing season. Barbecuing is allowed, but only in the designated area.
  • Amagase Dam
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Kanaido
    This multipurpose Amagase Dam was the first constructed on the Yodogawa River. It's an arched dam that's 73 meters high, 254 meters wide, and retains about 20 million tons of water. From the top of the dam you can look out across Hoo Lake and take in the seasonal scenery reflected in the water.
  • Takayama Dam
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    Kyoto Sourakugunminamiyamashiromura Tayama Tsurugi 43
    This dam is located in the Minamiyamashiro Village, Soraku County, Kyoto Prefecture. It is known as an arch gravity dam built in 1969. On the southern side, the surface of Tsukigase Lake stretches on. In addition, there is an observation deck next to the dam where you can enjoy the natural scenery throughout the four seasons of the lake, such as cherry blossoms, azaleas and autumn leaves.
  • Anju no Sato Momiji Park
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    Kyoto Miyazu-shi Yura
    With hundreds of maple trees this is a famous location to view the changing autumn colors and the promenade makes it perfect for a stroll. The park is the location for the legend of Sansho the Bailiff and statues of Anju and Zushio stand in the park.
  • Kyoto Sambi (Mt. Takao - Mt. Makio - Mt. Togano)
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku
    The general term for Mt. Takao, Mt. Makio, and Mt. Togano located along the Kiyotaki River. They are some of the most well-known places in Kyoto to view the changing autumn colors including the beautiful Kitayama cedar forest and in particular Jingoji Temple on Mt. Takao.
  • Ichijoji Sagarimatsu Pine
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Ichijojihananokicho
    "This is a tree and historic site located in the precincts of Hachidai Shrine, which has long been worshipped as a god of learning. It is known as the site where Musashi Miyamoto and Yoshioka fought a duel, and a stone monument inscribed with the words ""Miyamoto/Yoshioka Duel Site"" still stands today. The current pine tree is the fourth generation, and the old one is enshrined as a sacred tree in Yatai Shrine."
  • Okazaki Jikkobune Boat Ride
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Nanzenjikusagawacho Area
    The cherry blossom viewing boat tours the Biwako Sosui Canal, offering an enjoyable way to see Okazaki Park in full bloom in spring. 3 km round trip from the Okazaki Nanzenji Funatamari boarding area to the Isigawa Dam. In principle, the boat runs every 15 minutes, but be aware that the boat may fill up early in the day.
  • Tono Stone Buddha Tour
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    Kyoto Kizugawa-shi Kamocho Iwafune
    This region of southeastern Kizugawa city, around Tono, Kamo-cho, is known as a sacred area for Pure Land Buddhism, and was selected as one of Japanese 100 Best Historical Views by Beautiful Japan. The cliff walls feature engravings of the Buddha, and even today images of the Magaibutsu and stone image of Jizo-sama remain, earning it the nickname Stone Buddha Village. The surrounding mountain forests are also a beautiful sight, and it's a popular walk with tourists from all over.
  • Yoshimine-dera Temple Yuryu-no-matsu (Gliding Dragon Pine Tree)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Oharanoshiochou 1372
    Designated as a national Natural Monument, the name comes from the fact that the trunk of the Japanese white pine on the grounds of the temple spreads left and right and looks like a dragon. While only two-three meters high, the approx. 600 year-old magnificent pine tree is over 37 meters wide. It was named Yuryu in 1857 by the former Minister of the Right, Kazan Ieatsu.
  • Aodani Bairin
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    Kyoto Jouyoushi Naka
    The famous spot for flowers is located in Joyo City, Kyoto Prefecture. Ten thousand plum trees are planted on the gentle hilly area. The Ume Matsuri festival is held from every February to March, when you can enjoy seeing plum trees during the season they are in bloom. In addition, there are also events at the festival, and many people come to buy local specialties and snacks.

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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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