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Street Spots in Kyoto Area

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nene no Michi
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Shimokawarachou
    An elegant stone paved path to the west of the Kodai-ji Zen Temple running between the Kodai-ji and the Entoku-in Temple. The path gets its name from Nene, wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who spent her final 19 years here. The path is lined with several temples, fashionable shops, and restaurants, and visitors can enjoy Kyoto sightseeing and shopping here.
  • Kiyamachi Street
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    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture Nakagyo-ku
    This is a street that continues along along the Takasegawa River from Nijo-dori Street to Shichijo-dori Street. Constructed and developed by Suminokura Ryoi along with the digging of the Takasegawa River. There are traditional ryotei eateries, restaurants and cafes lined up along with stone monuments for the patriots who frequented here in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was also the setting for Mori Ogai’s novel “Takasebune.”
  • 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. 
  • Shirakawa Minami-dori Street
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Motoyoshichou
    This street is found along the Shirakawa River, east of Yamatooji Street in Motoyoshi-cho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. Located in the Gion Shimbashi Traditional Building Preservation District, the cobblestone street is lined with Ochaya entertainment houses. There is a stone monument engraved with poet Yoshii Isamu's Kanikakuni, and in spring the area blooms with Yoshino and weeping cherry blossoms.
  • Pontocho
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku
  • Shinkyogoku Dori
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku
  • Nishijin
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Kamigyo-ku-Kita-ku
  • Kamishichiken
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Kamigyo-ku Kamishichiken
  • Shimizushindo
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu 揃 Gojohashihigashi
  • Ishiheikoji
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Shimokawarachou
  • Shirakawa Dori
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku
  • Miyamakayabukinosato
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    Kyoto Nantanshi Miyamachoukita
  • Fushimi Shuzo Meguri
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Fushimi-ku
  • Yamashinasosuinomichi
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Yamashina-ku Misasagi
  • kyoutohanamachi miyagawamachi
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Miyakawasuji 4 Miyagawa Town Dance Branch
  • Hankinomichi
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Sakyo Ward
  • Yasaka Dori
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku

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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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