Nature Spots in Kyoto Area

  • Amanohashidate
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Miyadushi Monju
    Located in Miyazu Bay on the Sea of Japan on the north side of Kyoto, Amanohashidate is considered one of the three most beautiful views in Japan together with the islands of Matsushima and Itsukushima. A 3.6 kilometer long sandbar 20 to 170 meters wide separating Miyazu Bay from the inland Sea named Asokai north to south, Amanohashidate is covered with some 8,000 pine trees. Due to its seeming appearance as a bridge to the heavens, it came to be called Amanohashidate (“Bridge to Heaven.”). Many people come to see the uncanny shape of this popular sight, which was formed naturally over thousands of years.
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple Otowa Waterfall
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 1-chome 294
    This waterfall is located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto at the foot of Kiyomizu-dera Temple's stone steps, known as Kiyomizu Stage. Groundwater coming down from Mt. Otowa falls into the waterfall basin through three bamboo pipes, and is said to bring longevity, success in love, and academic improvement. In addition, you can use a ladle to drink the water from the waterfall. It is a power spot that many people come to visit.

    I actually paid for the entrance to the temple just to visit this. I went through the ritual that is required to get either health, wealth or long life not know which water stream is which.

  • Osawa-no-Ike Pond
    38 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Sagaosawacho 4 Daikakuji Keidai

    I go to this Pond often. The pictures are from April when the cherry blossoms were at its peak. It is right next to where I am staying and off the beaten path. The 28 bus takes you right to it. It...

  • Tateiwa
    15 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Tangochoutaiza
    Tateiwa is a rock, approximately 20 meters high, on the Nochigahama Coast in the city of Kyotango, Kyoto Prefecture. According to legend, Emperor Yomei's third son, Maroko-no-miko, drove away some demons and sealed them up inside the rock. Tateiwa is well-known as one of the few naturally occurring large-scale rocks in Japan, and as such, it attracts large numbers of tourists.

    Tateiwa is a rare geological basalt column on the Japanese Sea. It rests along two beaches with swimming areas but also is where the Takeno River feeds into the sea. Its an impressive rock, and...

  • Mt. Hiei
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture/Shiga Prefecture
    This mountain's highest peak is 848 meters high, and spans Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture to Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture. You can pay to go to Hiei Sancho Station using the Keifuku Electric Railway Eizan Ropeway. In addition, many tourists go to the Garden Museum Hiei art museum and other facilities. At Eizan Cable's Cable Hiei Station, the Hiei Yama Beer Garden is held every year around August.
  • Kyogamisaki Cape
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    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Tangochousodeshi
    Situated at the tip of the Tango Peninsula, this cape is the northernmost point of the Kinki region. Surrounding the cape are precipitous cliffs comprised of rock pillars with columnar joints in which cracks and fissures can be seen. The Kyogamisaki Cape lighthouse standing atop those cliffs offers spectacular scenery that has been selected as one of Kyoto’s top 100 views. The appearance of the French-made lighthouse with its white walls is beautiful and it uses a metal-halide lamp whose light beam reaches a distance of 55 kilometers. It also uses a first-grade lens of which there are only six in all of Japan.
  • Kamogawa River
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Ohashichou Sanjo Ohashi Bottom
    This river flows about 23 kilometers through Kyoto City. In spring and summer, restaurants along its west bank open a riverside dining area called the Noryo-yuka which is a sign of the season in Kyoto. The river's a well-known walking course, and it's a popular spot with locals and tourists alike for a relaxing stroll.
  • Mt. Kurama
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Sakyo Ward
    This 584-meter high mountain is located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto. Known as a sacred mountain, it flourished as the site of Japanese mountain asceticism practiced by esoteric Buddhism. The area around the mountain has a lot of indigenous vegetation, and bustles in the spring and autumn with people coming to see cherry blossoms and the changing leaves. Currently, it is even gaining popularity as a power spot.
  • Rurikei
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    Kyoto Nantanshi Sonobechouokawachi
    This ravine is four kilometers long and is located on a 500-meter-high plateau in the south-west of Sonobe-cho, Nantan City. The clear stream that runs from Tsuten Lake reflects sunlight and glitters a lapis lazuli blue, hence the name. The clear stream and surrounding forest are ideal for hiking. There are also prepared walking paths available, bringing in many visitors from inside and outside the prefecture. The autumn changing leaves season is particularly recommended.
  • Kanabiki Waterfall
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Miyadushi Takiba
    This approx. 40-meter high waterfall is located in Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture. This waterfall, including the downstream Hakuryu and Garyu, are together called Kanabiki Waterfall. Although crowded in the busy summer season, because the flow of water is stable throughout the year, you can come and see it with the changing scenery of the four seasons. In addition, it has been chosen as one of the Top 100 Waterfalls in Japan.
  • Mt. Atago
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
    This 924-meter high mountain is located in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto. It can be climbed year-round, and is crowded with local climbers. At the peak sits Atago Shrine, famous for being visited by Mitsuhide Akechi. On every July 31st, many pilgrims visit the shrine for the Sennichi Mairi (1,000-day pilgrimage) to seek 1,000 days-worth of protection.
  • Yuhigaura
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyotango-shi Aminocho Hamazume
  • Hirosawa Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagahirosawachou
    This pond is located in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto. With different tree varieties such as cherry, Japanese maple and willow planted along it, many different kinds of birds can also be found, making it a place where you can enjoy natural scenery. In addition, it has been known as a famous moon viewing spot since long ago, and famously appears in several waka short Japanese poems.
  • Tango Matsushima
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Tangochoukonoshiro
    This viewing spot is located in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture. It received its name because it resembles the landscape of Matsushima, one of the Three Views of Japan. It is also chosen at one of Kyoto's Best 200 Natural Sites for the islands that can be seen from Inugamisaki Cape to Kyogamisaki Cape and the view of the sandy beach coastline. In addition, nearby there is a beach for bathing and a walking path that goes from the Inugamisaki Park parking lot to Inugamisaki Cape.
  • Kumihama Bay
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Kumihamachou
    This is a lagoon in Kyotango City. Many visitors come to this Japan Seaside beach known for its beautiful coastline to enjoy the beach and a swim in the summer. It is also known for catching snow crabs, and oysters. A good view of the scenic bay and the Sea of Japan can be had from the nearby Kabuto Hill observation tower.
  • Odaki and Medaki Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Sourakugunminamiyamashiromura Minamiokawara
    This pair of waterfalls is located along Prefectural Route 82 in Minamiokawara, Minamiyamashiro Village, Soraku County. They stand along the Kizu River between Okawara Station and Takayama Dam, Medaki Fall is the first waterfall, followed by Odaki Fall. Another waterfall, Myojin Falls, is located further upstream to the direction of dam.
  • Mt. Funaoka
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Kita-ku Murasakino Kita-Okaoka
    This 112-meter high mountain is located in Kita Ward, Kyoto. A nationally designated Historic Site, the surrounding area is Mt. Funaoka Park. Complete with a hiking course, you can look over all of Kyoto along with the scenery of every season from the summit. The location is also famous as a battleground in the Onin War.
  • Hozu Gorge
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kameoka-shi
  • Kinun Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Ukyo-ku Umegahatatakaocho
  • Takase River
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Shimogyo-ku Minami-ku

Kyoto Areas


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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