Other Sightseeing Spots in Kyoto Area

  • The funaya of Ine
    311 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Yosa-gun Ine-cho
    In the town of Ine-cho on the eastern tip of the Tango Peninsula, a boat garage is called a “Funaya.” These homes that lie in between the road and the sea have a unique construction where the first floor is where the residents prepare for fishing and store their tools, while the second floor is used as a living room and bedroom, etc. The sight of the some 230 funaya lying in a row is unusual even in Japan, and the area has been designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

    It’s a short 20 mins boat ride round the bay to see the old houses that still line it, with a few fishing areas. Before you board, one could purchase a small pack of Calbee Prawn Crackers for...

  • Shosei-en Garden
    235 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, Shima-nakaya-cho Toyonokono cho, Toyotami-cho
    This garden is located in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto. An enclave of Higashi Honganji Temple, known as Ohigashi-san, it was designed by Ishikawa Jozan. You can enjoy the scenery of the four seasons, with irises and water lilies in the summer, and the changing color of leaves in the autumn. Because karatachi (Japanese bitter-orange) trees are planted around it, the garden is also known as Kikoku-tei (house of karatachi).

    Shosei-en is an island of tranquillity in the busy heart of Kyoto. Not just from the traffic but also the crowds. Not many people visit. It has some nice features but its landscaping is more low key...

  • Kyoto Tower
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    Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Karasuma through seven under article le Higashishiokoji-cho 721-1
    A 131-meter-tall tower located in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Visitors can gaze out over a 360-degree panorama of the streets of the ancient capital of Kyoto from the observation deck 100 meters above the ground. “Tawawa-chan Shrine,” the tower’s cute shrine-cum-mascot, can also be found in the observation deck. The building at the tower’s base contains a hotel, café, restaurants, and sky lounge. There’s also a day trip bath house which opens at 7 am and which is popular with travelers arriving via the night bus. (Note: Due to remodeling, the shops on the first floor are scheduled to be closed until spring 2017.)
  • Philosopher's Walk
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Sakyo Ward
    A 1.5 kilometer promenade following the Lake Biwa Canal leading from Nyakuoji shrine to Ginkakuji Temple. The path gained its name from philosophers such as Kitaro Nishida and Hajime Tanabe walking it lost in thought. In spring, it becomes a veritable tunnel of cherry blossoms and visitors can enjoy the elegant sight of the fallen petals floating on the surface of the waterway. In June, fireflies flit about in the night air, creating a magical scene.
  • Ninenzaka
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2-chome
    This is a slope leading to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, its loose paving stones and lines of houses giving off a Kyoto atmosphere. It is a popular shopping spot with a number of Kyoto souvenir stores with goods including traditional confectionery, Japanese-style sundries and chirimen-sansho (dried baby sardines with Chinese pepper). It is recommended to stop for a break along the way at a cafe featuring Japanese-style sweets.
  • Hanamikoji-dori Street
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shi Higashiyama Ward Shijyuku Hanami Koji
    A one kilometer long alley on the northwest side of Higashiyama extending from Sanjo-dori Avenue in the north to just in front of the Kennin-ji Temple to the south. The alley is lined with a variety of facilities packed end to end, such as “snack” bars, Western-style bars, and izakaya (Japanese-style bars), in addition to tea houses, temples and shrines befitting the atmosphere of Kyoto. In 2001, the numerous power lines in the area were moved underground, making the stone-paved street even more charming. The alley is host to numerous sights and attractions of interest to tourists, such as historic temples and facilities for traditional performing arts. With numerous cafes, restaurants, and izakayas, visitors can also enjoy a bite to eat during their visit.
  • Gojo-zaka
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu · Gojo Bridge east
    Gojo-zaka is renowned as the birthplace of Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, one of Kyoto's hallmark traditional industries, in league with Nishijin Textile and the Kyo-yuzen dyeing technique. Gojo-zaka refers to the area from Yamato-oji Street to Kiyomizu-zaka Slope. In summer the Kyoto Gojo-zaka Pottery Festival is a sign of the season. Featuring over 400 pottery dealers, it's always bustling with visitors during that period.
  • Garden Museum Hiei
    48 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shugakuinshakuragatanishimegadake 4 (Mount Hiei)
    A garden and museum located at the summit of Mt. Hiei. Visitors can enjoy looking at ceramic tiles imprinted with images created by French Impressionist painters like Monet, Van Gogh, and Renoir as well as a garden themed after the same comprised of some 1,500 varieties and 10,0000 individual examples of flowering plants. The location also offers a panoramic view of Lake Biwa, Osaka Bay, and the city of Kyoto. There is also a café and shop on the garden grounds; the shop sells museum goods, gardening items, French knickknacks, and herbal aroma products.

    I visited around 10th of November, then this was a sad sad place. Almost none of the plants had any leaves left and the garden held non of the beauty associated with autumn in Japan. Not worth the...

  • Sannenzaka (Sanneizaka)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 2
    One of Higashiyama’s most famous tourist spots, this steep stone paved 100 meter hill road leads from Yasaka to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. When the Kiyomizu-dera Temple was founded in 808, this path was built for visitors. The path is lined with souvenir shops, ceramic stores, and Japanese restaurants, giving it a truly Kyoto air. The hill is also called Sanneizaka. There are many theories as to its derivation, but based on the characters which comprise it (meaning “to give birth” and “preference,” it is widely believed that it gained this name from the parishioners climbing it to reach the Koyasu-no-to and pray for a safe childbirth.
  • Arashiyama-Takao Parkway
    19 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Hinoki-cho 11
    Along this toll road connecting Kyoto’s Arashiyama and Takao, motorists can enjoy the picturesque Rakusai scenery while stopping at the variety of leisure spots along the way. There is a mountain viewing platform from which one can look out over Kyoto City and the Hozugawa River, flower parks and dog run lawns, barbecue spots surrounded by nature, and a host of facilities that can be enjoyed by couples and families. Those who enjoy fishing will like the popular Arashiyama fishing area.

    Best visited with a car, the Arashiyama Takao parkway offers sweeping views of Arashiyama as well as parts of Kyoto city from the several viewpoints around. The toll road is worth driving several...

  • Nishi Hanami-koji
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Higashiyama Ward
    This side street of Gion town is lined with machiya townhouses and is rich with old Kyoto charm. This is recommended as a great walking spot to enjoy a street with a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Sanjo-ohashi Bridge
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Nakajimachou Ohashi Town Higashiyama ku
    This bridge is in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. It was the westernmost of the 53 stages of the Tokaido Highway, one of the Gokaido, or five main roads during the Edo period. Today the bridge is made of concrete and consists of two traffic lanes and a sidewalk. Beside the bridge there are statues of Yajirobei and Kitahachi, the main characters from Tokaidochu Hizakurige (Sahnk's Mare). There's also an ekiden monument marking the spot that was the start of Japan's first ekiden relay walking race.
  • Uji Bridge
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji
    This bridge is located in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture. Built during the Asuka period, it is said to be Japan's oldest bridge, and is counted along with Shiga Prefecture's Seta no Karahashi Bridge and Yamazaki Bridge in the town of Oyamazaki in Otokuni District as one of the three oldest bridges in Japan. The current bridge was replaced in 1996, and is 155.4 meters in length and 25 meters wide. In addition, since it makes an appearance in the Tale of Genji, there is a statue of Murasaki Shikibu nearby.
  • Shijo-ohashi Bridge
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kashiwayachou Saito-machi, Shimogyo-ku, Kawabata-cho, Higashiyama Ward
    This bridge runs between Nakagyo Ward and Shimogyo Ward in Kyoto City. Since it connects two parts of downtown Kyoto, it gets a lot of traffic. Originally built in 1142, it was constructed in its current steel girder form in 1942. Eastbound there are three lanes including a right-turn lane, and westbound there are two lanes. The sidewalk is wider than those of other nearby roads.
  • Kiyomizuzaka
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu
    This is a one kilometer road leading up to Kiyozumi-dera Temple. From the point where it merges with Gojozaka, one can begin to see the bustle of people along with rows of souvenir shops and restaurants. It is also a street where one can see many visitors wearing kimonos and visitors coming from abroad. 
  • Shinto Priest Family Residences
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Kita-ku Kamigamonakaojicho 1


  • Hiyoshi Dam
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    Kyoto Nantanshi Hiyoshichounaka
    This dam is midstream in the Katsura River, the main water system of the Yodo River that flows through Nantan City, Kyoto Prefecture. It is adjoined by the Info Gallery, where you can tour inside Japan's first dam. Every June, various events to revitalize the local town are held, such as the Hiyoshi Dam Marathon. Amawaka Lake, the artificial lake made by the dam, is also famous as one of the Kansai region's best fishing spots.
  • Kozuya Bridge (Nagare Bridge)
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    Kyoto Yawatashi Kouduya Miyamaekawabata
    Spanning the Kiso River at approximately 356.5 meters, this wooden bridge is deemed one of the longest in Japan. Ingeniously constructed so that the baseboards float during high water season to lessen resistance, the bridge also gained the name Nagare Bridge. Because of the scenic river views on and around the bridge, this bridge is popular with tourists, photographers, and is used as the setting for drama and samurai television shows.
  • Hieizan Driveway
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    Shiga Pref. Otsushi Yamagamichou Long Mountain 776 - 30
    A scenic, 8.1-kilometer-long toll road connecting Tanoyatoge Pass in Otsu City with the summit of Mt. Hiei. Facilities along the road include observatories with sweeping views of Lake Biwa and Otsu City; Yumemigaoka, which has a café, barbecue area, attractions, and observatory; and the Hoshino Resorts L'Hotel de Hiei. The road also connects directly to the Okuhiei Driveway.
  • Kyoga Misaki Lighthouse
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    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Tangochousodeshi
    A chalk lighthouse standing on Cape Kyogamisaki, the northernmost point of the Kinki region. The lighthouse is one of only six in the country to use a first class lens and has been selected as one of Japan’s three best lighthouses. The lighthouse was erected here on a cliff 140 meters above the sea in 1898. Famous for its scenic beauty, visitors can get a sweeping view of a rias coastline comprised of the deep azure of the Sea of Japan and countless curious-looking stones interwoven with pillars of basalt. The area is also a rich natural habitat where falcons are confirmed to live.

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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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