Here we come, the capital of Kyoto! Let's take a trip to Kyoto for a special memory!

If you want to explore Kyoto at a reasonable price, we recommend you to buy a one-day pass that allows you to ride all the buses and subways.There are several different types of passes available, so be sure to buy one that fits your trip! The hotel will take care of your large luggage even before you check in, so head to the hotel first to drop off your luggage.
Take the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto (about 2 hours and 15 minutes).
Leave your luggage at the hotel, and let's go out to the city of Kyoto!
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Strolling kyoto in kimonos


First, change into a kimono. Women will look more charming and men will look cooler! There are many rental kimono shops around Kyoto Station that will make you look great! Put on a kimono and look sharp! Your mood will be lifted! It's the start of a long day.
from Kyoto Station to Gojozaka
15 minutes by bus / 3km
From Gojozaka bus stop to Kiyomizu-dera Temple
15 min. walk / 1 km
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Kiyomizu temple


Huh! Here we are, the stage of Kiyomizu! It's about a 15-minute walk from the Gojozaka bus stop. There are many stores lined up along Gojozaka, so you'll be at Kiyomizu-dera soon enough! The first thing you will see is the Niomon Gate, with the West Gate and the three-story pagoda towering behind it. This is also known as a photo spot, so be sure to capture it! After passing through the gate, you will see the "Kiyomizu no Butai" (stage of Kiyomizu). The stage is 12 meters high from the ground, and is made by combining 139 pieces of wood without using any nails. Incidentally, the origin of the phrase "jumping off the stage of Kiyomizu" is from the Edo period, when it was said that if you still had breath after jumping off the stage of Kiyomizu, your wish would really come true! Even if you lose your breath, you can still go to the Pure Land in peace! Jinushi Shrine, located on the north side of the main hall, is famous for being visited by many couples because it is believed to be beneficial for marriage. Otoha Falls, a power spot that has been revered since ancient times for its purifying water, has been flowing for over a thousand years. Each of the three streams of fresh water flowing from the waterfall has its own benefits for "love," "schoolwork," and "health (longevity). Drinking three different kinds of water is said to be "greedy" and will lose the benefits.You should only drink one kind of clean water for the wish you really want to come true!
Data: Kiyomizu Temple
Address/ 294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 605-0862
TEL/ 075-551-1234
From Kiyomizu Temple to Sannenzaka
10min. walk 750M

Yuba Lunch at Sannenzaka


Ichinenzaka (One Year's Slope), Ninenzaka (Two Year's Slope), and Sannenzaka (Three Year's Slope) have prospered as part of the approach to Kiyomizu Temple since ancient times. Nene, the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, used to walk up this slope to visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple, hoping for the birth of a healthy child. It came to be called "Sannenzaka" after the Chinese character for "safe delivery. The slope below Sannenzaka is called Ninenzaka, and the slope further down is called Ichinen-zaka. The cobblestone pavement on every street gives you a taste of Kyoto, and there
are many shops lined up on both sides, selling Japanese goods, sweets, cafes, etc. You can eat your way around or indulge in Japanese sweets!If you get hungry, you can have a luxurious and healthy lunch using yuba, one of Kyoto's representative ingredients.
(short walk)



This stone-paved slope leading to Kiyomizu Temple is very picturesque no matter what time of year you visit! Here on Nienzaka, the distance is longer than on Ichinenzaka, and there are many stores lining the slope, so you may forget about time and stop by.
The world's first "Starbucks on a Tatami floor" was built in 2017, and the purely Japanese atmosphere will make your trip to Kyoto even more memorable.
(short walk)
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The symbok of Higashiyama Yasaka Pagoda

東山のシンボル 八坂の塔

The Yasaka-no-to(pagoda), which can be seen when walking along Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, is a symbol of Higashiyama and can be seen from many places in the eastern part of Kyoto. In fact, the Yasaka Pagoda is actually a temple called Hokanji Temple. Even if you don't understand the name Hokanji Temple, if you hear the name Yasaka-no-to, you will be more familiar with it. Seeing Yasaka-no-to during the day is wonderful, but Yasaka-no-to at night is also recommended! The cobblestone pavement and the pagoda are lit up by outdoor lights, creating a different world from the daytime.
Address/ 388 Yasakakamimachi, Kiyomizu, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto 605-0862
(short walk)
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Kukuri Monkey Yasaka no Koshin-san

くくり猿 八坂の庚申さん

Kongo-ji Temple is nicknamed "Yasaka no Koshin-san" by the locals. As you enter the vivid vermilion gate, you are greeted by colorful round bonbons! What exactly are these?
The round and colorful bonbons are called "Kukuri-zaru", which is the famous amulet of Yasaka Koshindo. It is said that your wish will come true if you give up your greed instead of holding on to your wish. It is said that if you give up your greed, your wish will come true. The unusual shape of the Kukuri-zaru (monkey) represents a monkey with its arms and legs tied up and unable to move. It symbolizes a state of mind that is well controlled, as it warns against greed. Why don't you make a wish to the Kukuri Monkey and hold back one of your desires?
Date: Koshindo Kongoji Daikokuyama
Address/Kinencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 605-0828
TEL/ 075-541-2565
From Koshindo to Gion
10 min. by walk 800M
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Gion-san full of blessings


Who exactly is Gion-san? Gion-san, as the locals call it, refers to Yasaka Shrine, famous for the Gion Festival, one of the three major festivals in Japan! It is also the headquarters of Yasaka Shrine, one of more than 2,000 shrines in Japan, and is said to be the home of the "blue dragon" that protects the "east" of Kyoto. There are nearly 20 shrines surrounding the main shrine, and various gods are enshrined in the precincts, among which the "Utsukushigozen" shrine is the most visited by women from all over Japan. Three goddesses are enshrined here, and as the name suggests, they are the gods of beauty, entertainment, and wealth. For this reason, the shrine is a "power spot for beauty" and is visited by many women interested in beauty, including Kyoto's maiko (apprentice geisha). In front of the shrine, there is a spring of divine water called "beauty water," and it is said that just a few drops on your skin will make your skin beautiful! It will definitely make you feel beautiful in body and mind.
From Yasaka Shrine to Hanami-koji
5 min. walk 350M

Sipping at a Japanese Cafe


Tasting sweets in Kyoto is one of the purposes of travel, isn't it? There are so many things that you want to eat that you get lost! If you are tempted to eat this and that, that's okay! It's a great way to get away from the daily grind and reward yourself for your hard work 💛
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Hanamikoji is the main street in Gion. It is a street that crosses the center of Gion from north to south and is about 1 km long, running from Sanjo Street in the north to Kenninji Temple in the south. Hanamikoji Street is lined with teahouses full of Gion's atmosphere, and if you are lucky, you may be able to see maiko and geiko on their way to the teahouses. If you take a stroll through the picturesque scenery in a kimono, which you don't usually wear, you may find that you have a new appreciation for the beauty of Japan.
Date: Hanamikoji-dori
Address/ Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Kyoto, Kyoto 600-8340
From Hanamikoji to Pontocho
6min. walk 500M

Dinner at Pontocho


Ponto-cho is one of Kyoto's Hanamachi districts, with narrow stone-paved streets lined with stores. If you wander into the old-fashioned back alleys, your curiosity will be aroused. The streets are lined with houses that are typical of Kyoto, and are densely populated with teahouses, rehearsal spaces for geisha and maiko, restaurants, bars, and other stores. The atmosphere is different from that of Gion, and you can enjoy just walking through the alleys with your camera in hand. Do you want to have Kyoto cuisine with a view of the Kamo River for dinner? Or how about Kyoto Yakitori with local sake?
From Shijokawaramachi to Kyoto staion
13 min. by bus / 3Km
The hotel is in Kyoto station.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto


The appeal of this hotel is the convenience of its direct connection to Kyoto Station. Away from the hustle and bustle of the station, you can enjoy a relaxing and luxurious time in the high quality rooms, and the superb cuisine served in 10 different restaurants. The hotel offers a wide range of sophisticated facilities, including esthetic clinics, swimming pools, and beauty salons. With the aim of creating a "warm place full of humanity," our knowledgeable and experienced concierge and hospitable front desk staff will welcome you.
Data:Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Address/ Chuoguchi, Kyoto Sta. Shiokoji sagaru, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8216


A luxurious day of leisurely touring the charms of Kibune and Kurama

Get a convenient ticket to enjoy Kurama and Kifune to the fullest! There are tickets that allow you to ride freely between Demachiyanagi and Kurama, and tickets that include a bathing ticket for Kurama Onsen.If the weather is not bad, hiking between Kurama and Kifune is the best way to go! Take your time and enjoy the great outdoors. The hiking time is about 2-3 hours. If you want to take your time, we recommend that you allow at least 3 hours. Leave the hotel early in the morning and try to get to Kifune before dark.
Due to the landslide, the train service between Ichihara and Kurama is suspended as of October 1, 2020. Please take the Kyoto Bus from Ichihara to Kibunaguchi and Kurama
Kyoto Sta. – Tofukiji Sta. by JR Nara Line /3min.
Tofukiji Sta. – Demachiyanagi by Keihan train /19min.
Demachiyanagai Sta. – Kurama Sta. by Hieizan train / 30 min.
From Kurama Sta. to Kuramadera temple /Short walk
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Kuramadera, The Legend of Ushiwakamaru and the Tengu

鞍馬寺 牛若丸と天狗伝説

The Kurama and Kibune areas of Kyoto have a mysterious atmosphere and have long been known as Kyoto's backwaters, a place where aristocrats have come to seek healing and coolness. Kuramadera Temple, with its many legends, is famous as the most powerful spot in Kyoto, where the entire mountain has mystical power. When you arrive at Kurama, you will be greeted by a large Tengu (a kind of flying dog). But why a Tengu? There is a legend that Yoshitsune Minamoto, known as Ushiwakamaru in his childhood, learned swordsmanship from a Tengu. It seems as if there really is a Tengu in the lushly vegetated mountains. You can feel the power of Kuramadera Temple, which is filled with the energy of the universe and surrounded by mystery.
Date: Kuramadera
Address/ 1074 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 601-1111
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Niomon Gate (Gate to the Mountain)


Arriving at Kurama Station! After being welcomed by the Tengu of Kurama, we walked right up to Kuramadera Temple, where we saw stone steps and the Niomon (gate). Yes, yes, yes! This is what I wanted to see! It makes me feel so good.With the crisp, clean winter air, we started our hike today. There are two ways to get to the Honden Kondo: on foot or by cable car. If you don't feel like walking or don't have much time, we recommend the cable car. Mt. Kurama itself is the object of worship at Kurama Temple. As you pass through this gate and enter the sacred area of Mt. Kurama, please read the instructions for entering the mountain carefully and start walking with a sacred heart.
From Niomon gate to Yuki Shrine
5 min. by walk
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Yuki Shrine


The torii gate of Yuki Shrine, famous for its fire festival, came into view! You can also see a magnificent 800-year-old cedar tree. It is said that if you pray with all your heart, your wish will come true. In the precincts of the shrine, there is a rare pair of komainu (guardian dogs) holding a child, and they have long been worshipped as gods of childbirth. Next to Yuki Shrine, there is a hall called Kawakami Jizo-do. Legend has it that when Yoshitsune was feeling lonely after being separated from his parents, he paid a visit to this Jizo. After leaving the Yuki Shrine, let's go up the 99-fold path. In the Heian period (794-1185), Sei Shonagon famously wrote, "Far and near, the path is called Kurama no Tsurabori. Here, it's just you and nature. There's no rush to get here. Take your time and breathe in the wonderful scenery as you walk.
*The cable car does not stop here.
Data: Yuki Shrine
Address/ 1073 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto Kyoto 601-1111
From Yuki Shrine to Kuramadera main hall
15 min. by walk
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Kuramadera Honden Kondo


At an altitude of 410 meters, the main hall finally comes into view after climbing up the stairs! It is said that this "Main Hall" is built in a place where a powerful energy called "Ryu-ana (Dragon's Hole)" erupts. What is said to have the strongest power here at Kuramadera is the "six-pointed star" of triangular stones in front of the main hall, which is known as a place to connect with the universe. It is said that if you stand here, you will become one with the universe, receive energy from the heavens, and your wishes will come true. The six-pointed star is often used in fortune telling and spells. By standing in the center of the hexagram, you can receive the power of nature, which is said to improve your luck. It's a very spiritual space, isn't it?
In the main hall of the temple, there are three enshrined deities called "Sonten": Bishamonten, the god of light, Kannon, the god of compassion, and Gohoumao, the god of vitality. The "A-Un" tigers that sit in front of the Golden Hall are the guardians of the principal deity, Bishamonten. The name "A-Un" has the meaning of encompassing everything in the universe, as the Japanese syllabary begins with "A" and ends with "Un".
Data: Kuramadera Honden Kondo
Address/ 1074 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto Kyoto 601-1111
From the main fall to Tree root path
20 min. walk
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To the inner sanctuary. Tree root path


After leaving the main hall, head further into the inner sanctuary. It is a 1.5km hike to the Kifune Shrine, surrounded by a mysterious forest. From here, the atmosphere changes drastically and becomes more solemn and mysterious. A dense cedar forest and exposed roots of trees can be seen in the distance. It is said that the bedrock in this area is so hard that the roots of the trees are so close to the surface that they are exposed to the ground. There is a legend that Ushiwakamaru practiced asceticism against the Tengu here.
From Tree root path to Maoden
20 min. walk
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It is said that 6.5 million years ago, one of the heavenly deities, Gohou Maou-son, landed on the earth from Venus. For this reason, this place is said to be the biggest power spot of Kuramadera Temple. The name "Maou-son" may sound scary and evil, but he is the symbol of the spirit and power of the earth. The air in the area is clean and rather quiet, making it a peaceful place to spend some time. It's not an easy path to get here, but it's worth it and a quiet time that only those who have come will understand. Once you leave the Maoden, your goal is almost here! After descending a rather steep slope, the West Gate is just around the corner. The final destination, Kibune Shrine, is only 100 meters away from here. But first things first, let's get some food!

Reward for walking hard♡


After a lot of walking, enjoy a luxurious lunch of peony hot pot... Bright wild boar meat arranged like peony flowers. It is high in nutrients and full of collagen! Eating wild boar meat, which is said to be very good for your beauty and health, will blow away the fatigue of walking.
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Kifune Shrine


Located in the valley between Mt. Kibune and Mt. Kurama, this is the main shrine of the 500 Kibune shrines in Japan, which are known not only in Kyoto but also in Japan as one of the best power spots for "matchmaking. It is also known for its kawadoko (river terrace) in summer. Just walking along the Kibune River, rich in nature, is sure to give you a refreshing feeling. The bright red lanterns lining the approach to the shrine create a wonderful contrast with the nature during the day, and the flickering lights of the lanterns at night create a mysterious atmosphere.
The Kifune Shrine is dedicated to the god of water, who is said to have the power to make it rain and stop it from raining. It is said that water is the source of life and purifies dirt.
SSince you've come all the way here, you should try "water fortune-telling". You can also take home the "sacred water," which is said to have never run dry. It is no wonder that people believe there is a special power in the sacred water, as it is the birthplace of energy and luck. What will you see and feel in this other world filled with dense divine energy?
Data: Kifune Shrine
Address/ 180 Kuramakibunecho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 601-1112

Kyoto's "Obanzai" for dinner

夕飯は京都の 『おばんざい』 に決まり♪

What kind of food is "Obanzai"? Obanzai" refers to the side dishes that are mainly prepared in Kyoto as part of general home cooking. One of the characteristics of Obanzai is that it uses seasonal vegetables from Kyoto, and the leaves of the vegetables are used up in a creative way. Obanzai has a simple flavor that makes the most of the original taste of the ingredients, but it is a flavor that you will never get tired of even if you eat it every day. Try this Kyoto home-style cooking, passed down from mother to daughter, and daughter to son, to enjoy the taste of inexpensive seasonal foods!
Stay at Hotel Granvia Kyoto (The second night)


Early bird gets the worm! A day of eating and walking. Fill your heart and your stomach

From the hotel to Toji Temple
15min. walk / 1.2Km
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Enjoying a leisurely morning walk to Toji Temple


After leaving the hotel, let's take a leisurely walk to Toji Temple, which was founded in 1200 and is the setting for a well-known Japanese commercial. The 55-meter five-story pagoda is the tallest wooden pagoda in Japan. It was destroyed by fire and earthquake several times, but the existing five-story pagoda was rebuilt by Ieyasu Tokugawa. From Toyotomi Hideyoshi to Tokugawa Iemitsu, many famous feudal lords have been associated with Toji. In addition to the five-story pagoda, the Mieido is also famous for being the home of Kobo-Daishi Kukai.
From Toji to Toji Station
6min. walk / 450M
Toji Sta. – Kyoto Sra. By Kintetsu Kyoto Line / 2min.
From Kyoto Sta. to Inari Sta. by JR Nara Line / 5 min.
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Mysterious Senbon Torii gate. Fushimi Inari Shrine


Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, nicknamed "Inari-san," is the head shrine of the 30,000 Inari shrines in Japan. It is believed to be beneficial for prosperity in business, safety in the home, and improvement of the performing arts, and is crowded with tourists from Japan and abroad throughout the year. The biggest attraction of this shrine is the "Senbon Torii (Thousand Torii Gate)". The mysterious vermilion color is said to represent the power of life, earth, and production as the work of the spirit of Inari no Kami. But don't you wonder why there are so many torii gates? The reason is that it was customary to dedicate a torii as a token of gratitude to Fushimi Inari Taisha for granting one's wish after visiting the shrine and making a wish. If you walk around the shrine, you will see statues of foxes, the messengers of Inari-God, placed here and there. If you take a closer look, you'll see foxes holding something in their mouths and dressed in various ways.Checking them out is one of the fun things to do!
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Address/ 68 Yabunouchicho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto Kyoto 612-0882
Bicycling around Arashiyama is also a good way to see the sights, and you can easily rent a bike if you don't have much time.
Inari Sushi at Fushimi Inari
Inarizushi is a favorite of everyone from adults to children. Inari-zushi is actually a sacred food that is dedicated to the "Inari god". Inari is the god of agriculture, and the Inari Shrine is dedicated to him. If you visit Fushimi Inari Taisha, the head shrine of Inari Shrine, this is a must-try dish.
From Inari Sta. – Kyoto Sta. by JR Nara Line / 5 min.
From Kyoto Sta. – Saga Arashiyama by JR Sanin Line / 17 min.

Walk and Eat in Arashiyam

食べ歩き in 嵐山

When you get off the station and walk around, you will see many stores. Since you've come to Arashiyama, you'll want to enjoy the famous gourmet food, right?
On the way to Togetsukyo Bridge, there are many stores that you may be interested in... Mitarashi dango, strawberry daifuku, Danish taiyaki, curry buns, tofu soft ice cream, rice crackers, and more. Even if you don't have time for a leisurely lunch, there are plenty of gourmet foods for you to enjoy on your walk!
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Here they come! Symbols of Arashiyama


The symbol of Arashiyama is the "Togetsukyo Bridge"! Since the Heian period (794-1185), this bridge has been a favorite vacation spot for aristocrats. According to an anecdote, the name "Togetsukyo" came from the fact that it looked like the moon was crossing the bridge. The bridge over the flowing Katsura River was designed to blend in with the scenery and nature of Arashiyama, making you feel that you are in Kyoto.
Togetsu Bridge
Adddress/ 1-5 Susukinobabacho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 6616-8385
From Arashiyama park to Otakideramae
16 min. by bus
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Otaginenbutsu-ji Temple

スピリチュアル感満載の愛宕念 仏寺

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple is located away from the hustle and bustle of Arashiyama. The temple is located at a high altitude in the deepest part of Sagano and is known for its beautiful stone Buddha statues, one of the best in Kyoto. You can't help but smile at the happy faces of the Arhats. Each of the 1,200 hand-carved arhats dedicated by visitors to the temple is unique and heartwarming, with some smiling with their big mouths open to the sky and others with calm faces.
Otagi Nenbutsu Temple
Address/ 2-5 Fukatanicho, Sagatoriimoto, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 616-8439
After leaving Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple, walking around Sagano is a good idea! There are many places to visit along the way, such as Gioji Temple, famous for Classical Japanese, Nison-in Temple, famous for its beautiful autumn leaves, and Jojakkoji Temple, which seems to blend in with nature. If time is allowed, take a leisurely stroll and enjoy the Sagano area to the fullest.
From Otagi Nenbutsu-ji to Bamboo Forest path
30 min. by walk /2km
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Bamboo Forest Path


Along with the Togetsukyo Bridge, the 400-meter-long bamboo path is a symbol of Arashiyama. The way the bamboo stretches toward the sky is truly spectacular! Wrap yourself in the fantastic space and listen to the sound of the bamboo swaying in the wind, and you will feel that you are in Kyoto. Just walking along this healing path, you can feel the beauty of nature. It is also recommended to take a rickshaw ride around the walking course!
Bamboo Forest Path
Address/ Susukinobabacho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 6616-8385
TEL/ 0558-72-2501
Walk to Nomiya Shrine on the bamboo forest path.
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Nomiya Shrine


This shrine is also mentioned in the Tale of Genji, the world's oldest full-length novel, and is famous for being the god of good marriage, childbirth, and learning. It is said to be especially beneficial for marriage and childbirth, and there are many ema (votive picture tablets) on the shrine grounds with requests for love written on them. To the left of the main shrine, there is a stone called "O-kameishi," which is said to bring good luck in marriage and childbirth within a year if you make a wish while stroking it. Many women visit the shrine because it is dedicated to the gods of good marriage and safe childbirth. The unusual torii gate at the entrance is known to be the oldest torii gate in Japan.Nomiya Shrine is also a sacred place where the Saio, who served the gods on behalf of the emperor, used to purify himself before going to Ise Shrine. In "The Tale of Genji" , there is a description of the princess who was chosen to be the Saio and the Nomiya Shrine where she purified herself.
Nomiya Shrine
Address/ Saganomiyanomotocho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 616-83931
Walk to Tenryu-ji on the bamboo forest path.
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Tenryu-ji Temple


In 1994, Tenryuji Temple was registered as a World Heritage Site. With cherry blossoms in the spring, fresh greenery in the summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and snowy scenery in the winter, you can always see the beauty of each season. The highlight of Tenryuji Temple is the Sogenchi Garden. Mousou Soseki, the first abbot of Tenryuji Temple, who created this famous garden, was also responsible for several other gardens, including Nanzen-in Temple and Eirinji Temple in Yamanashi Prefecture, which was associated with Shingen Takeda. Although the buildings of Tenryuji Temple were rebuilt after the Meiji era (1868-1912) after suffering from several fires, the garden still retains its original appearance of 700 years ago. 700 years later, the garden still fascinates people. You can't go back to Tokyo without seeing it!
Tenryu-ji Temple
Address/ 68 Susukinobabacho, Sagatenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 6616-8385

Arashiyama Dinner


For dinner on the third day in Kyoto, it would be nice to experience the history and traditions of Kyoto and taste the Kyoto culture! We recommend Kyoto's vegetarian cuisine, Kyoto Kaiseki, and Yudofu... How about a dish that combines traditional Japanese cuisine with French cuisine, or how about Nishin Soba for a quick meal? There are many choices to choose from, so please choose your favorite dish.
Stay at Hotel Granvia Kyoto (The 3rd night)


Until my stomach is full and my heart is full. Enjoy the last day in Kyoto♪

From Kyoto Station to Kinkaku-ji Temple
50 min. by bus / 9km
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Here comes the Kinkakuji Temple...


Speaking of Kyoto, this is the place! The official name of the temple is Rokuonji Temple, but we are all familiar with Kinkakuji Temple. This temple is known for its golden glow, and is visited by tourists from all over the world and students on school trips. The highlight of the temple is the Shari-den Hall. It is called Kinkaku (Golden Pavilion) because of its golden color, which is how it became the common name "Kinkakuji". The contrast between the lush greenery in the summer and the white snow in the winter and the glittering gold of the Shari-den Temple. The contrast of the colors is so beautiful that it will captivate you no matter how many times you have visited the temple before! On a good day, you can even see the "Golden Pavilion in reverse" in the surrounding Kyokochi Pond! Please visit Kinkakuji Temple, which looks great no matter where you take your photos.
Rokuonji Kinkakkuji Temple
Address/ 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 603-8361
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Let's go to the important stage of history! Nijo Castle


Nijo Castle is the castle that witnessed the dawn of the Edo period, the height of the Edo period, and the end of the Edo period that lasted 260 years. The castle was built by Ieyasu Tokugawa, the first shogun of the Edo shogunate, to protect the Kyoto Imperial Palace and as a place to stay when visiting Kyoto. During the reign of Iemitsu, the third shogun, the castle underwent extensive renovations, and by welcoming the emperor to the magnificent castle, it showed the world that the rule of the Edo shogunate was stable. In 1867 In 1867, the 15th shogun, Yoshinobu, announced his intention to return power to the Meiji Emperor in the hall of the Ninomaru Palace, which is very famous in Japanese history. This place is a must-see for history buffs!
Nijo Castle
Address/ 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto Kyoto 604-8301
From Nijojomae to Shijo Takakura
15 min. by bus /2.5km
From Shijo Takakura to Nishiki Market
3 min. by bus /150M

Nishiki Market, the Kitchen of Kyoto

京都の台所 『錦市場』 を練り歩く

This 400-meter-long arcade has been around since the Edo period (1603-1868) and offers a wide variety of Kyoto's unique culinary culture, including Kyoto vegetables, Kyoto pickles, fresh seafood, prepared foods, obanzai (traditional Japanese dishes), and sweets. It's roofed, so you don't have to worry about rainy days... and you'll find lots of things to buy as souvenirs to take home!
Nishiki Market
Address/ 609 Nishi-daimonjicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kuoto, Kyoto 604-8054
From Ichibatakakura to Nannzennji/Eikando
21 min. by bus /4.2km
From Nanzenji/Eikando to Nanzenji
8min. by walk /650M
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Nanzenji, A spectacular View

『南禅寺』 絶景かな、絶景かな

The first thing that catches your attention when you enter the temple grounds is the huge gate, one of the tallest in Japan at about 22 meters high. In the Kabuki Kyogen "Sanmon Gosan no Kiri," Ishikawa Goemon, the great thief, says the famous line, "What a spectacular view!.” If you go up to the top of the temple gate, you will definitely see the "spectacular view"! In addition, one of the most famous views of Nanzenji Temple is "Suirokaku". It is often used as a stage for TV shows, anime, and movies, so you must have seen it before! The combination of the shabby atmosphere of the Zen temple and the retro atmosphere makes it a great photo spot.
Address/ 86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto 606-8435
From Nanzenji/Eikando to Kyoto Station
40 min. by bus /5.2km

Don't forget to buy a souvenir...


If you forgot to buy a souvenir, go to Kyoto Station! There are many great souvenirs at Kyoto Station... I hope you arrive at Kyoto Station with a little time to spare. Have fun picking out your last souvenirs for Kyoto!

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From Kyoto Station to Tokyo Station
2hours and 15 min. by Shinkansen


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Sights Information

#Rakuto area #Higashiyama area #Gion area #Kiyomizu temple area

"Rakuto is an area east of the Kamo River, along the Higashiyama mountain range from north to south, with many famous temples and shrines lined up from Kiyomizu Temple in the south to Ginkakuji Temple in the north.
After visiting Kiyomizudera Temple, Kodaiji Temple and Yasaka Shrine down Kiyomizu-zaka slope, you can take a stroll along the old streets in the Gion area, or take a leisurely walk from Nanzenji Temple to Ginkakuji Temple along the Philosopher's Path. You can enjoy the atmosphere of "THAT'S KYOTO! in the Rakuto area. While retaining the essence of Kyoto to the fullest, you can also catch a glimpse of the international aspect of this cosmopolitan city.

Ginkakuji Temple

Ginkakuji Temple is officially called Higashiyama Jishoji Temple. In Kyoto, the temple is famous for its common name along with Kinkakuji Temple. Kinkakuji Temple is characterized by its gorgeous and opulent beauty (Kitayama culture), but in contrast, Ginkakuji Temple was the stage for the emergence of the "wabi-sabi" Higashiyama culture, which expressed the spiritual world of samurai and Zen Buddhism.
Ginkakuji Temple, which symbolizes the Higashiyama culture that flourished in the late Muromachi period, was built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the 8th shogun of the Muromachi shogunate, a man of culture famous for his generous support of many cultural activities such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, architecture, painting, and performing arts. Compared to the Kinkakuji Temple, the Ginkakuji Temple may have a more modest image, but its modest appearance is very beautiful, and its architecture, which symbolizes the wabi and sabi of Kyoto, and its grounds, which are less colorful, evoke a sense of quiet elegance, attracting many visitors every year. The garden on the hill behind Ginkakuji Temple is a pond garden that is said to have been led by Ashikaga Yoshimasa himself, with beautiful moss and greenery. If you visit Ginkakuji, be sure to go up to the east side of the mountain. From the observatory, you can see the wonderful garden and the whole Jishoji Temple.

Philosopher's Path

Kyoto has a lot of scenic natural beauty and attractive sightseeing spots, but I would like to recommend the "Philosopher's Path" for those who want to take a leisurely stroll in Kyoto. The name "Tetsugaku-no-michi" comes from the philosophers of Kyoto who used to love to walk along this path. It starts from Ginkakuji Temple, passes through the Suirokaku of Nanzenji Temple, and ends at the Koya River upstream of the Kamo River. There are many historical temples and shrines along the path, where you can enjoy the beauty of the scenery, cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. When you get tired of walking, you can stop at a cafe or store for a cup of tea while pondering, just as the philosophers once did.


The most attractive thing about this place is that you can see the beautiful garden up to the main hall for free! It is also famous for its camellias. Even though the temple is located close to the Philosopher's Path, just a little further into the path, you will find a quiet and austere atmosphere. The main hall is usually closed to the public except during special openings, but you are free to walk around the temple grounds. You can cleanse your body and soul by walking between the sandbars, which represent the flow of water. If you visit during the season of fresh greenery, you will be refreshed by the beautiful greenery, and if you visit during the season of autumn leaves, you will be able to enjoy the graceful red autumn scenery. You can visit the temple from 6 a.m., so it's a great place for those who want to make the most of their time!


Commonly known as "Eikando", the official name is "Zenrin-ji". Eikando is known as the Eikando of maple leaves, and the spectacular view in the autumn season is said to be so beautiful that it will leave you speechless. It always ranks high in the ranking of autumn leaves in Kyoto. The beauty of the autumn leaves is mentioned in the Kokin Wakashu (collection of ancient Japanese poems) written in the Heian period (794-1185), and has fascinated people for over a thousand years. Don't miss the statue of Amida Migaeri, the temple buildings connected by corridors, and the "Garyu-ro" stairway that leads to Kaizando, one of the seven wonders of Eikando. This staircase is built on the slope of the mountain, and is shaped like a dragon's body undulating, and it is said that when you walk through it, you will feel as if you are walking on a dragon's stomach, a feeling you have never felt before.

Chion-in Temple

Chion-in Temple is also known as a power spot. It is nicknamed "Chioin-san" by the locals. Every year in the spring and fall, the beautiful cherry blossoms and autumn leaves are lit up during the special nighttime viewing, attracting tourists from all over the world. Be sure to get one of the limited edition red seals when the temple is lit up in the fall! The seven wonders of Chion-in are also on display, and you can enjoy the seasonal changes in nature as well.

Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine is famous for its vivid vermilion colored grounds, and is one of the must-visit places in Kyoto. Even from a distance, the pillars of this eye-catching torii are so thick that seven adults can hold hands and finally enclose it! The vivid vermilion color is actually a very sacred color, used in ancient times to ward off evil. It's not because it stands out! It is also known as a famous place for its weeping cherry blossoms and the Meiji era's representative circular garden that surrounds the shrine.

Kodaiji Temple & Nene no Michi

Kodaiji Temple is located near the approach to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and is an essential part of a stroll in Higashiyama. It is said that Ieyasu Tokugawa, who heard the prayers of Nene, the wife of Hideyoshi Toyotomi, for her soul after his death, ordered the temple to be built. It is said that Hideyoshi and Nene were united in love, which was rare in those days. If you visit Kodaiji Temple, you will be able to feel the gorgeous culture of the Momoyama period when Hideyoshi lived. In spring, the weeping cherry trees bloom, and in autumn, the leaves change color and the temple is beautifully lit up. During this time of the year, there is a special nighttime viewing of the temple, and you can enjoy a fantastic atmosphere that is different from the daytime. The 250-meter long "Nene Path" from Maruyama Park to Kodaiji Temple was named after Nene, who spent the rest of her life in this area after Hideyoshi's death. It is not a wide street, but it is packed with the charm of Kyoto, with sweet shops, inns, and cobblestones that remind you of history.

Ishibe Koji

This small path is "THE Kyoto! “ It's a little hard to find, but it's the excitement of walking along that small path! This is a special feeling that only those who have walked it can understand. If you are in the Kiyomizu area, please find this small path and walk along it, and you will experience an atmosphere far removed from your daily life.

Kenninji Temple

Kenninji Temple is said to be the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. The temple is known for its many important cultural assets and wonderful Japanese artworks such as the "Wind and Thunder Gods". The main attraction here is the "Unryu (Dragon and Cloud)" painting, which depicts a large, dynamic dragon and flowing clouds that look as if they are about to jump out of the fusuma, the ink painting of dragons on the ceiling, and the wonderfully landscaped Karesansui (dry landscape) garden, which is a simple, sophisticated garden made of huge stones, sand, and water!

Gion Shirakawa

Gion Shirakawa is a Hanamachi (Geisha district) in the Higashiyama area, facing the Shirakawa River and Shinbashi-dori, just off Hanamikoji. It's a very atmospheric area with pre-war streets that are typical of Kyoto. A stream flows through the area and cherry blossoms bloom in the spring, and the stone-paved streets and surrounding scenery create a very Japanese beauty. The Tatsumi Bridge in particular is crowded with tourists from all over the country and abroad, making it a perfect photo-opportunity! There are also restaurants in the vicinity, so you can enjoy Kyoto's cityscape while admiring the wonderful scenery.


Kiyamachi Street, which runs parallel to the Takase River, is lined with many restaurants and cafes along the Takase River from Kyoto's Nijo Street, and is known as one of the busiest streets in Kyoto. In spring, the rows of cherry trees along the Takase River are very beautiful, and the view of the falling petals floating on the river is full of emotion. The romantic atmosphere makes it a great date spot, but it is also a fun place to visit with friends or family.

Kamo River

The Kamo River is about 33 kilometers long, running north to south through the city of Kyoto. The Kamo River Noryo-doko, which is said to have been in existence since the Edo period (1603-1868), is well known as a summer tradition in Kyoto. It is the perfect place for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Kyoto, which is crowded with tourists from all over the world, and see something other than the standard Kyoto. Machiya houses line the river, and people sing songs, take leisurely strolls, and cross stepping stones on the side of the road, making it a good place to spend time in your own way! Along the Kamo River, which is crowded with cherry blossom viewing in spring, there are many sightseeing spots as well as cafes and delicious restaurants to visit.

Seirenin Monzeki & Shogun-zuka Seiryuden

Shorenin Monzeki is a highly prestigious Tendai sect temple that covers an area of 10,000 tsubo and is designated as a national historic site. In spring and autumn, the temple grounds are specially lit up at night, creating a mysterious and fantastic atmosphere that cannot be seen normally in the garden and the shining blue bamboo grove. One of the best spots in Seiren-in with a spectacular view is the veranda of Kacho-den. In front of you is the "Garden of Soami" built in the Muromachi period (1336-1573), which has been introduced in many magazines and commercials. You can also enjoy a cup of green tea at Kachoden and relax while taking in the beautiful scenery. After leaving the Seiren-in Temple, take the "Kyoto Loop Trail Higashiyama Course" to the Shogun-zuka Seiryu-den at the top of Higashiyama. It is about a 30-minute walk from Seiren-in. The Shogun's Mound is 200 meters higher than the city center, so you can enjoy a wonderful panorama of Kyoto from the large stage. It is also famous as one of the best places to view the night scenery of Kyoto, but you can enjoy the spectacular view even during the daytime.

Rakusai area #Sagano/Arashiyama area

The Rakusei area, with its dense concentration of Kyoto's typical sightseeing spots, is an area with so much to see and do that it is impossible to visit it all in one day. It's a good idea to rent a bicycle and go a little farther afield to explore temples and eat! Riding on a trolley train or rafting down the Hozukyo River are also attractive activities that can't be found in other areas. The Rakusei area is full of people from all over the world, partly because of its concentration of historic temples. It's a good idea to plan your visit carefully and pick out the places you want to visit in advance.

Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama

As the name suggests, this is a reputable spot where more than 100 wild Japanese monkeys live in a relaxed environment! And it's a place where you can meet wild monkeys without fences, which is a valuable experience. At the rest stop at the top of the mountain, you can buy food and feed the monkeys. From the entrance to the rest area at the top of the mountain is about a 20-minute hike. If you take a break on a bench, you may find a monkey sitting next to you... Enjoy hiking in the seasonal scenery and fresh air! From the top of the mountain, which is a vast park of about 6,000 square meters, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Mount Hiei and Kyoto City. If you visit during the spring and summer parenting seasons, you may be able to see cute baby monkeys.