Spots in Ichijo-ji Temple / Shugakuin Area

  • Shisen-do Jozanji Temple
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    4.5
    245 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujimonguchichou 27
    Located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, this was once the site of a mountain villa built by Edo period literati Ishikawa Jozan for his retirement. It is a nationally designated Historic Site. Today, it is a Soto Buddhist temple that is also called the Jozan-ji. Jozan had the Shisen-do built at the age of 59. For the remaining 30 some years of his life, this great man of letters devoted his time to poetry, calligraphy, and gardening, to the exclusion of even sleeping and eating. The Shisen-do preserves a great number of his works and calligraphy and, in addition to a standing exhibition, the temple a special three day exhibition starting from May 23 each year, the anniversary of Jozan’s death. The temple’s garden was designed by Jozan himself, a renowned gardener, and is particularly famous for its satsuki azaleas in spring and fall foliage in autumn. It is said that the first shishi-odoshi was created here. The shishi-odoshi is a bamboo tube balanced on a pivot which slowly fills with water until it tips over, draining the water and falling back into position with a “plonk” noise. Shishi-odoshi are practical – their sound scares away deer and wild boars that might eat garden plants – but their sound also accentuates the silence of a garden, and it is said Jozan loved the sound they made.

    The garden of Shisen-do is simply out of this world. I would rank it without hesitation to the top 5 of Kyoto gardens:not only has it an impeccable composition, it is also fundamentally different...

  • Zuiganzan Enkouji Temple
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    4.5
    190 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujikotanichou 13
    A Rinzai Nanzen-ji Buddhist temple located in the Ichijo-ji area of Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. The temple was erected in 1601 by Sanyo Genkitsu (Kanshitsu), Zen priest and ninth head of the Ashikaga Gakko school, who was asked to do so by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu to promote education and learning in the nation. The beauty of the temple’s garden, a traditional strolling garden built around a central pond, is said to have been much praised by ancient people, and is still a must-see today. The garden is filled with sights, including a traditional Suikinkutsu (ceramic pot under the ground) said to purify the soul with the clear sound of the water dripping into it; “Honryutei,” a dry landscape garden; and the “Jyu-gyu no niwa” Garden, famed for its moss and autumn foliage. The temple was also the site where the Fushimi-ban, one of Japan’s first printed books, was created, and the roughly 50 thousand wooden printing type used to make the book kept at the temple are designated an Important Cultural Property as Japan’s oldest printed type.

    Its a hidden gem. You need to take the metro, a bus and walk for 15-20min to get there. But its worth. Tranquility, serenity.. and very small statues, very cute. They close at 5pm (in July)

  • Sekizan Zen-in Temple
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shugakuinkaikombouchou 18
    A Tendai Buddhist temple located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City and a sub temple of the Enryaku-ji Temple. The temple was founded in 888. As seen from the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the temple is located in the unlucky direction of the northeast and has come to be seen as providing powerful protection from evil. A masaru, a monkey-shaped ward against evil, carrying a gobei paper streamer and bell stands atop the roof of the front hall. The temple’s principle object of worship is a statue of Sekizan Daimyojin, which is perceived to be Fukurokuju, a member of the Seven Gods of Fortune and the god of happiness, wealth, and long live. Accordingly, the temple is also counted as one of Kyoto’s Seven Temples Dedicated to the Seven Gods of Fortune. The temples cute mikuji (fortune-telling strips) are in the shape of Fukurokuju and are quite popular with visitors.

    Well-signed and easy to find with Google maps, Sekizanzenin is worth the extra wander. The grounds are very peaceful and there are a number of shrines to explore as you walk through the forest. Spend...

  • Hachidai-jinja Shrine
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    3.5
    38 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujimatsuharachou 1
    This Shinto shrine was established in 1294. It is a place where believers come to wish for academic success, and one anecdote tells of how Miyamoto Musashi challenged the Yoshioka clan to a duel at the Ichijyoji Temple Sagarimatsu. Although it was destroyed by fire in the Onin War, it was rebuilt in 1596.

    I found this shrine by a happy mistake. It seems that the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi who developed the technique of two swords spent some time here and consequently has his statue standing...

  • Manshuin Temple (Takenouchi Monzeki )
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujitakenouchichou 42
    A Tendai Buddhist temple located in the Ichijo-ji area of Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City. Founded by the priest Zesan, the temple’s principle object of worship is a figure of Amitabha. The Manshu-in Temple is a monzeki temple (a temple once ran by a priest of noble lineage) and is also called the Takenouchi Monzeki Temple. Together with the Shoren-in, Sanzen-in Temple (Kaiji Monzeki Temple), Myoho-in Temple, and Bishamon-do Monzeki Temple, it is one of the five Tendai monzeki temples. The temple’s richly colored image of Acala and copy of the ancient Kokin Wakashu poetry anthology are designated National Treasures. Its large and small studies are designated Important Cultural Properties. The dry landscape garden (a Place of Scenic Beauty) which extends in front of the studies is said to have been created by Kobori Enshu and is particularly beautiful in May when the Kirishima azaleas come in bloom, as well as in November when the autumn foliage is at its peak.

    京都・一乗寺にある門跡寺院です。京都にある天台五門跡の1つで、非常に格式の高い寺院です。 ただ、アクセスはお世辞にも良いとは言えません。基本的に一乗寺エリアの寺院に行くには叡電の一乗寺駅や修学院駅、市バスの一乗寺下り松町バス停や修学院道バス停から行くのが良いとは思いますが、いずれの場所からも離れています。案内板があるので道に迷ったりはしないと思いますが、結構な坂道を上ることになります。体力に自信が...

  • Myoenji Temple
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    3.5
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Matsugasakihigashimachi 31
    "A five-minute walk from the ""Matsugasaki Daikokuten"" bus stop and a 40-minute drive from the Kyoto-higashi interchange. This Buddhist temple stands north beyond a stone torii gate and is locally known as the Matsugasaki Daikokuten. Said to have been founded in the early Edo period, the temple is the first temple on the Kyoto Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage and even today is visited by large numbers of worshippers from across the country. The temple is dedicated to Nichiren Buddhism. The temple wards Kyoto's unlucky northeastern side and is said to grant worshippers long life and happiness, better fortunes, and business prosperity. The temple holds a festival to celebrate the first day of the sexagenary cycle every 60 days."

    ここは日蓮宗寺院です、妙円寺と云う寺院の中の大黒さんですね。境内あちこちにも大黒さんの石像がありました。大型バスは駐車場までは入れないので北山通りで乗り降りして、回送しているみたいですねぇ・・・。なで大黒さん以外は別にどうってこともない寺院でした。五山の送り火の「妙法」の「法」の字が背景の山です。ここは七福神さんの中の大黒さんをお祀りしてある寺院でした。

  • Shugakuin Imperial Villa
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shugakuin Kabayashi
    An Imperial villa built in the mid-17th century by Emperor Go-Mizunoo. Located at the foot of Mt. Hiei, three gardens, deemed the lower, middle, and upper tea houses, are distributed around the spacious grounds and connected by pine-line walks. The lower tea house garden is entered via the front main gate and has a tea house called the Jugetsukan built in the sukiya-zukuri (tea arbor) style. The adjoining middle tea house garden has a simple tea house built in the irimoya-zukuri (gabled, hipped roof) style, but its magnificently decorated reception hall is truly a sight to behold, as well as the decorative tea alcove shelving called “Kasumi-dana (shelf of mist),” The shelf is considered one of the three most treasured shelves in Japan. The large upper tea house garden is dotted with tea houses surrounding a central pond. The view from the Rin-un-tei tea house built on the mountainside is particularly spectacular.
  • Hieizan Driveway
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Menya Gokkei
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujinishitojikawarachou 29-7
    This ramen shop is in the ramen mecca of Ichijoji in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City and is a frequent haunt of ramen fans. Featuring a rich broth, they use noodles of medium thickness that have some give from the Kyoto noodle maker Men-ya Teigaku. They close shop as soon as the soup runs out.

    Despite the title of my review, there is also broth made of seafood but I didnt taste it yet. But the chicken original versional ramen is very delicious. I can eat it without difficulty although the...

  • Tenka Ippin Main Shop
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    4.0
    100 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujitsukudachou Maison Shirakawa 1F
    Tenka Ippin started its life as an outdoor ramen stand in 1971. It owes its continuing popularity to its broth, which is rich but with a clean aftertaste. The restaurant has grown and now has many branches, but the original branch has some unique menu items, and you will find yourself wondering which of the many varieties to choose.

    I had a stopover for lunch here during my time in Kyoto. I must admit that Tenkaippin is among the best that serves good ramen. I went to this place twice! I just love it.

  • Takaragaike Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kamitakanonagaredachou 8 others
    Takaragaike Park lies adjacent to the Kyoto International Conference Center in Sakyo Ward. On its spacious grounds is Paradise for Children (Kodomo no Rakuen), with wide open spaces, a playground, and other places where children can play. The North Garden affords a panoramic view of Mt. Hieizan and its surroundings. Takaragaike Park is also famous for its flowers, and many people visit its plum orchard and cherry tree forest during blossom season.
  • Garden Museum Hiei
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Chuka Soba Takayasu
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    4.0
    86 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujitakatsukichou 10
    Chuka Soba Takayasu is three minutes' walk from Ichijoji Station, and even though the neighborhood is a sort of battle ground for ramen shops, this restaurant always has customers lined up outside. The interior is decorated like a sunny cafe, with white as the main color tone. The owners have gone out of their way to make a meal at their restaurant an enjoyable experience. Pork bones and chicken bones are simmered for 22 hours to produce a mild, milky broth that goes well with the specially ordered noodles. One of the recommended dishes, available only in limited quantities per day is Suji Ramen, ramen topped with beef tendons that have been boiled until they are soft.

    This shop is situated in the most competitive Ramen area in Kyoto. There are loads of shop in this area and that this is consistently one of the best ramen shops speaks volumes. There is no deny...

  • Ichijoji Sagarimatsu Pine
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Ichijojihananokicho
  • Keibunsha Ichijoji Branch
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    4.5
    35 Reviews
    Style / Fashion
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujiharaitonochou 10
    A book store, a three minute walk from Ichijoji Station. The shop’s collection of books, selected by the staff, are arranged in a unique pattern not concerned with genre. The shop also sells a variety of unique items to help purchasers enrich their lives and home interiors with books. There is also a gallery space and a floor dedicated to lifestyle books and goods. The shop is the only one in Japan to be selected for the U.K. Guardian’s list of “The World’s 10 Best Bookshops.”

    This bookshop has a very cute façade. I came here specifically to check out the non-book souvenirs but there werent much at all and are all on the pricey end. Went on to check out their collection...

  • Ichijyoji Nakatani
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    4.0
    44 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Ichijoujihananokichou 5
    The Ichijyoji Sagari-matsu is the site of a famous pine tree under which the renowned swordsman Miyamoto Musashi defeated a challenger. The nearby Ichijyoji Nakatani tea house and sweet shop has made and sold the Ichijyoji Temple’s famous decchi yokan bean jelly for three generations. In addition to Japanese sweets like shisen mochi rice cakes, the shop also sells Western-style confections prepared by the shop’s proprietress-to-be. The shop’s silky matcha green tea tiramisu is particularly popular and has been featured in the media. The café area serves drinks and sweets as well as a selection of light meals.

    中谷パフェが食べたかったのですが、詩仙堂をたずねる時間がちょうどお昼時だったので、ランチのプレートを注文しました。 見た目もきれいな定食セットは和のテイストが女子にピッタリ。 お豆腐はこの店まで来る途中、迷って道を尋ねたお豆腐屋さんのものでした。 なめらかでおいしかった! 次回はパフェをいただきます!!

  • Shinshindo Head Office
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    4.0
    48 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Kitashirakawaoiwakechou 88
    A café located in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture that was founded in 1930 and which adjoins a bread factory. Famous as the first shop in Japan to make and sell French bread, here customers can enjoy a variety of breads, from standards to seasonal items. The interior is modeled after a Parisian café and the long tables and couches crafted by Living National Treasure Tatsuaki Kuroda give it a comfortable and laid back atmosphere.

    Stumbled upon this place for brunch. Classy vintage is the first words that came to mind when I entered, cozy and relaxing once I sat down. There are mainly long tables and benches. Ordered their...

  • Hamburg Ichijoji
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Ichijoji Nishi Sugi no Miyacho 59 Karaoke SOM 1F
    This rather stylish hamburger steak restaurant is located in the Ichijioji neighborhood of Sakyo Ward. Its incredibly juicy hamburger steaks are grilled on an iron griddle and served with your choice of sauce. Each comes on a bed of Kyoto bean sprouts that are delicious in their own right. The restaurant's weekday-only Loco Moco lunches feature a fried egg on top of a hamburger steak served on butter rice. They also come with seasonal salad and grilled vegetables, miso soup, an espresso, and a dessert, making them an incredible bargain.

    店内は明るく非常に雰囲気のよいお店です。お好み焼きでも焼くのかと思うような鉄板があるテーブル席に案内されました。この鉄板に乗せたハンバーグを温かいままで最後までいただけるのではないかと想像します。メニューはハンバーグの種類とソースを選ぶといろいろなバリエーションになります。注文は普通のハンバーグとチーズインハンバーグのセットを選び、ソースはトマトソースにしました。新鮮なサラダと美味しいスープをいた...

  • Soba-kiri Shiogama
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    4.5
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Ichijojinishitojikawaracho 29-13
    "This shop is known for the automatic stone mill that operates just inside the front doors. You can listen to the unique sound of the mill while enjoying your soba noodles. They offer a variety of soba options including ""nihachi seiro"" served on a bamboo weaving tray (seiro) and their original dipping soba noodles. They have servings that seem large enough for two people allowing you to fill your stomach with their fragrant noodles."

    ラーメン激戦区の虚と一条寺にあるそば屋さんです。一乗寺に来るときはラーメンが多いのですが、目先を変えてそばにしました。出されたせいろはその盛りが半端じゃなく、小山のように積まれているという表現をします。そばは二八で喉越しもよいもので食べやすいです。そばつゆは昆布と椎茸をベースにしたものに醤油を加えてある関西風の美味しいものです。そばの美味しさを殺さずにいただけるので、食べきれるだろうかと心配したの...

  • Cafe Kisarado
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Sakyo-ku Takanotamaokacho 49 Green 281F
    A cafe located on Ichijoji's Ramen Street. Come relax in this laid-back shop and absorb the warmth of the wooden interior. You can also enjoy a nice meal with their menu options offering ample portion sizes. They offer a variety of drinks and delicious sweets that pair well with coffee or black tea.

    けいぶん社にいった帰りに見つけた、小さなカフェです。2人用木の机といすが3つ、3人掛けのカウンター、6人掛けのテーブルの小さな店内。シンプルで落ち着きます。 メニューは、定食・自家製ケーキ・コーヒーなどの飲み物。お昼は別にたべたかったので、クルミのケーキと紅茶(ポットサービス。4種類から選べる)を注文しました。ケーキは、手作り!という感じでシンプル、ほんのりあたためてある。紅茶もきちんと淹れてあ...

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