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Other Sightseeing Spots in Kawaramachi / Shijokarasuma Area

  • 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.)
  • 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.”
  • Gojo Ohashi Bridge
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Sujakuchou - Nishigahara-machi, Shimogyo-ku
    This bridge crosses the Kamogawa River at Gojo-dori Street in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. It's famous for being the place where the Heian period legend of theencounter between Ushiwakamaru and Benkei was said to have happened. Many tourists visit to see the stone statue of the encounter in a style where the protagonists are characterized like Kyoto dolls.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Shosei-en Garden
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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).

    We visited this garden after doing a tour of the famous Castle adjacent. You need to allow a minimum of 1 hour but to see and appreciate at a more leisurely pace certainly all is more time. After...

  • Pontocho
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku
  • Tara Tara Zaka
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Sanjo Dori
  • Monzencho No Retro Natatemono
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    Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Shimogyo Juzu-ya cho - Higashiwakamatsu cho
  • Rokujodori
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Rokujo Nishi Iru
  • Pontocho Kiyamachi
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Pontomachi , Kiyacho
  • Sanjodori no Retro Construction
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachidori Sanjo-Karasuma-dori Sanjo
  • Uraderamachi no Cityspace
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Nakagyo-ku Uraderacho Dori Takoyakushi-Uraderacho Dori 4-jo

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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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