Spots in Around Gion Area

  • Kodai-ji Zen Temple
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    4.5
    1489 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Shimogawara-machi 526
    This temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City was founded in 1606 to pray for Toyotomi Hideyoshi's happiness in the next life by his wife, Nene. Along with a mausoleum for the both of them, you can also visit the front gate of former Fushimi castle, the Kasatei teahouse, the Shiguretei teahouse, the Kaisando hall which holds favorite mementos of the two, and the Mizukidai pavilion (all of which are Important Cultural Properties of Japan). The fine gold lacquer work on the Buddha dais and miniature shrine within the mausoleum are masterpieces of Momoyama-period artwork and known as Kodai-ji Temple Makie. The garden on site surrounding a small pond is not to be missed and has been nationally designated as a Place of Scenic Beauty as well as a Historic Site. It is lit up during the sakura cherry blossom season in spring, at night in summer, during the gorgeous foliage season in fall, and on New Year's Eve.

    this temple is located in a beautiful part of Higashiyama Ward. It sits atop a slight hill. Kodai-ji is a jewel of Momoyama Period architecture. Getting there: Kodaiji is located in the Higashiyama...

  • Kenninji Temple
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    4.5
    991 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Yamato Daicho Route Shijo Shimo Le Komatsu Town
    A Rinzai Sect Buddhist temple located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture and the oldest Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Erected thanks to funds donated by the Shogun Minamoto no Yoriie in 1202, the temple was founded by the priest Eisai and was modeled after Song China’s holy Mt. Bozhang. The temple is famous for its Image of Raijin and Fujin, a National Treasure created by famed painter Tawaraya Sotatsu, as well as its numerous other sliding screen paintings and treasures designated Important Cultural Properties. The temple is also well known for the beauty of its Japanese gardens, including a dry landscape garden containing a delicate arrangement of white sand, moss, and boulders. The imperial envoy gate contains arrow marks and is built with a gabled roof. The abbot’s chamber, moved here from the Ankoku-ji Temple in old Aki Province, and the Image of Paired Dragons, 108 tatami mats in size and painted on ceiling of the lecture hall in 2002, are both must-sees.

    This temple, supposed to be one of the oldest in Kyoto, turned out to be more than I expected. It has a beautiful karesansui garden with a gate on background and a famous hall with quite recently...

  • Shoren-in Temple
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    4.5
    766 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Awataguchisanjoubouchou 69-1
    Together with the Sanzen-in Temple and Myoho-in Temple, the Shoren-in Temple is a Tendai Buddhist temple. Because it served as a temporary Imperial palace in the Edo period, it is also called the “Old Kurita Imperial Palace.” This highly formal temple is deeply tied to the Imperial household—since ancient times, the temple’s head priest was a member of the Imperial household or a line of Imperial regents and advisors. The entire spacious approximately 33,000 square meter grounds are a nationally designated Historic Site. The highlights of the grounds are the temple’s two gardens which give visitors the chance to enjoy beautiful, seasonal scenery. One is a traditional circular strolling garden with a central pond created by Soami in the Muromachi period. The other, the Kirhishima-no-niwa, was created by Kobori Enshu (formally, Masakazu). Each year in spring and autumn, the gardens are lit up at night by approximately 1,000 lights large and small, creating magical sights.

    Shoren-in has a stroll garden you can also view from the temple veranda. One side of the garden has a pond with islands and a miniature stone pagoda in the background, while other only has a...

  • Yasaka Hall Gion Corner
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    3.0
    520 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.

    This was an enjoyable taste of seven Japanese art forms seamlessly interwoven together in under an hour that at times it seems like one event with several sub-plots. The event highlights the tea...

  • Yasaka-jinja Shrine (Gion Shrine)
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachikitagawa 625
    Popularly known as Gion Shrine, this Shinto shrine is the head shrine of all 3,000 some Gion shrines in Japan. The main shrine building, a designated Important Cultural Property, is actually comprised of the separate shrine sanctuary and worship hall combined under one roof in an architectural style called Gion-zukuri. The shrine’s famed Gion Matsuri festival in summer got its start as a ceremony to pray for the end of a great plague in 869. From New Year’s Eve through New Year’s Day, the shrine is visited by a great many worshippers come to perform the “okera-mairi” ceremony. The ceremony involves lighting a lucky rope from sacred fire of burning “okera” (Atractylodes japonica) roots to bring the fire home and start one’s first home fire of the new year, thus bringing good luck for the rest of the year. The Ota-sha Shrahige-jinja Shrine located on the grounds of Yasaka Shrine is believed to provide grant divine favor to those seeking to improve in the performing arts and, as such, the shrine is visited by Gion geisha and maiko.

    美容の神様として知られている八坂神社の摂社です。私が訪問した時は祇園社の北側部分で石畳を高圧洗浄機で清掃中で、美御前社前は通行止め状態でした。仕方ないので遠くから写真をとることで我慢しました。

  • Yasui Konpiragu Shrine
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    4.0
    277 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Shimobentenchou 70
    A Shinto shrine located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City popularly known as Yasui no Konpira-san. Fujiwara no Kamatari established the shrine during the reign of Emperor Tenchi. He planted purple wisterias and named it Fuji-dera (the Temple of Wisteria) in prayer for the prosperity of his clan and the perpetuation of his descendants. The shrine is principally dedicated to Emperor Sutoku, who excised all desire from himself and became a monk in the Konpiragu in the former Sanuki Province; accordingly, the temple has attracted faithful seeking to excise all bad attachments and make good ones since ancient times. It is believed that spouses and couples who have a good relationship and come here will not see their relationships ended but rather find them growing deeper.

    This shrine is home to a stone that is thought to bind good relationships tighter or sever bad ones. To take advantage of the stones powers, purchase a special piece of paper from the counter next...

  • Entoku-in Temple
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    4.0
    180 Reviews
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    Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto Kodai-ji Shimogawara-cho, 530
    Located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, this is one of the sub temples of the Kodai-ji, Rinzai Kennin-ji Buddhist temple. Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s legal wife, Kitanomandokoro (known as Nene), spent the last 19 years of her life here. The temple’s North Garden is comprised of the Kesho palace and garden at Fushimi Castle, places where Nene spent much time with Hideyoshi, which were moved here by Nene and prepared by Kobori Enshu (Masakazu). The garden is in the Momoyama period style and is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. The temple also possesses numerous Important Cultural Properties, including screen paintings by Hasegawa Tohaku (1539–1610). On the third day of each month, the temple makes its principle object of worship, Sanmen Daikokuten (a three-faced figure of Mahakala) which ensured Hideyoshi’s success in life, open to the public. Visitors can make a prayer by writing a wish on a gourd-shaped slip of paper.

    This temple is part of Kodajis temple and usually the admission is sold as a package deal. However one can choose to see this single temple. It is a small temple that offers tea services and...

  • 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.
  • Ryozen-Kannon
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    4.0
    155 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Shimogawara-machi 526-2
    This kannon statue is located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. This kannon was erected in 1955 as a memorial to the victims of war after World War II. The eleven-faced kannon is enshrined beneath this kannon image. In addition to memorial and internment services, the temple hosts workshops to experience zazen, and hannya shingyo heart sutra transcription events.

    Ryozen Kwan-on is a magnificent 24 m high monument of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Godess of Mercy). The monument was erected in 1955 to honor all soldiers who died during World War II. Regardless...

  • Chion-in temple
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Rinkachou 400
    This Buddhist temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City is the head temple of the Jodo Pure-land Buddhist Sect. It was founded on the grounds where Pure-land Sect founder Honen built a thatched hut and passed away. After his death the Tokugawa family expanded the grounds and began construction of what would be the large-scale temple. National Treasures of Japan on the ground include the Miedo Hall and the three main gates before the temple while the Karamon gate and the great bellower have been designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan. A definite point to see are the three two-story wooden gates before the temple, which are the largest in Japan. * The Miedo Hall is closed for repair until 2020.

    We walked up here and watched a monk explain the importance of this huge bell to preschoolers. Short 1 Min walk from main complex. Worth it

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Minamiza
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shi Higashiyama Ward Shijyo Ohashi Ebisu
    A theater which has been in operation since the Edo period (1603–1868) located in Higashiyama Ward in Kyoto City. The theater has held kabuki performances for close to 400 years in Shijogawara where kabuki originated from, making it the oldest and most tradition-rich theater in Japan. The current building, four stories above ground and one below, incorporates modern and Momoyama architectural styles and was designated a Tangible Cultural Property in 1996. The theater’s performances of the Kaomise, held each year from the November 30 to the end of December, have become a winter tradition in Kyoto, and the sight of the traditional signboards presenting the performers’ names in Kanteiryu calligraphic style crowding the theater front above the entranceway is renowned.
  • Japan Kanji Museum and Library
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    4.0
    47 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Gionmachiminamigawa 551
    This hands-on experiential museum is full of surprise and discovery with exhibits that, beyond just looking at kanji (Chinese characters), let you touch, learn about, and have fun with them. It's divided into a graphic exhibit and theater on the first-floor and a theme park-like exhibit area and library on the second-floor. Wherever you go it's designed to have fun while learning, and both kids and adults love it. They also hold various courses and lectures.

    We could learn the history and the origin of Kanji. My 5&8 years old daughters were so excited to stamp their name and the country’s name in Kanji. The 2nd floor is lots of fun, too. There are some...

  • Awata Shrine
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Awataguchikajichou 1
    A historic Shinto shrine believed to have been founded in 876. Dedicated to Susanoo no Mikoto, the shrine is said to provide protection from calamity and safe travels. The Awata Matsuri festival held each October is comprised of the Oide Matsuri held two days before Sports Day, the Yowatari ceremony held the day before, the Shinkosai festival and Kankosai festival held the day of, and the Reidaisai festival held on the 15th.

    This is a pleasant little neighborhood shrine near in the Westin Hotel on Sanjo. In a city with at least 1200 temples and shrines this one is not remarkable. It is most famous for its festival held...

  • PASS THE BATON KYOTO GION
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Sueyoshichou 77-6
    This select recycle shop is located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto. In addition to old clothes and accessories, they also carry products through a collaboration with Dento Kogei and sell various other items. The interior is a renovated machiya (town house) with a traditional Japanese atmosphere, and has an adjoining cafe space called Tea and Sake room Tasuki.

    Excellent salon de thé .Great shave ice dessert with lemon meringue. Tea service was great and mochi desserts as well. great location in the Gion district. enjoy:)

  • Chugen-ji Temple (Meyami Jizo)
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    3.5
    26 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku 4 Jodori Yamatooji Higashi Iru Gionmachiminamigawa 585
    "This Buddhist temple, nicknamed the Meyami Jizo (""Eye Illness Jizo""), is located in the center of bustling Gion. The Kamo River once flooded whenever it rained, and, because the people prayed to Jizo (Kshitigarbha) via the temple for the rain to stop, the temple was originally known as the ""Ameyami Jizo"" (""Rain-Stopping Jizo""). It is said that over time, ""Ameyami (rain-stopping)"" transformed into ""Meyami (eye illness),"" and it came to be believed that the temple had the power to heal illnesses of the eyes. In this day and age when we use and abuse our eyes extensively, many parents come here with their children to pray for eye health."

    A nice, if brief, stop while on the edge of Gion. You’ll likely walk by it and why not stop in? The temple is for children and those with eye problems - or so they told us. It’s a typical Shinto...

  • 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.
  • Maiko and Oiran Experience Kokoro Hanashizuku
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    4.5
    17 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Miyagawasuji 3-273
    "Located in Miyagawa-cho, one of Kyoto's ""Hanamachi"" geisha districts, this shop lets you dress up as a maiko or oiran. To create even more authenticity in the experience, the shop is a renovated Kyoto machiya, once frequented by true maiko. The shop still preserves the original machiya aesthetic, with the aura of the Hanamachi filling every space. They have a variety of plans, including a basic studio photography session, guided walking tour, riksha rides in maiko outfit, and more. The chance to try on some new and luxurious clothing for a whole new you in oiran (courtesan) experience course is also popular"

    This was one of my favorite experiences in Japan. I looked at several maiko photo studios. After I saw the photos from this one, I didn’t even consider anything else. I chose the Oiran style because...

  • 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.

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