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50 Things to do in Kyoto

1. Nanzen Temple’s Suirokaku Aqueduct [Sightseeing Spots]

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Nanzen Temple is the head temple of the southern faction of the Rinzai school of Buddhism. With its large triple gate welcoming worshippers and its splendid temple building, it’s one  of the many temples in Kyoto filled with modest charm. Its biggest charm is the Suirokaku Aqueduct that sits quietly in the Japanese landscape. It was built in 1888 to carry water from Lake Biwa, and the original brick arch still remains inside the temple. If you get a chance to walk around the area, it’s recommended that you head there from Keage Station on the subway. Once you pass through the brick tunnel, Nanzen Temple will welcome you.

Website:
Official Website (English)

Address:
86 Fukuchi-cho, Nanzen-ji, Sakyo-ku

Opening hours:
8.40am-5pm, last entry 4:40pm March-November
8.40am-4.30pm, last entry 4:10pm December-February

Admission:

Admission to grounds: Free

Hojo garden:
Adults: 500¥
High school students: 400¥
Junior high and elementary school students: 300¥

San-mon gate:
Adults: 500¥
High school students: 400¥
Junior high and elementary school students: 300¥

Phone: 771-0365

 2. Shouren-in’s illuminations [Sightseeing Spots]

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Shouren-in temple, in Higashiyama, is near the downtown areas of Kawaramachi and Gion, so it’s recommended to drop by during sightseeing. On the temple grounds is a Japanese garden complete with a pond and a path around it. Every year from March to May and October to December only, the grounds are lit up beautifully in the evening.

Website:
Official Website (English)

Address:
69-1 Sanjobo-cho, Awataguchi, Higashiyama-ku

Opening hours:
9am-5pm, last entry 4:30pm

Admission:
Adults: 500¥
High and junior high school students: 400¥
Elementary school students: 200¥

Phone: 561-2345

 3. Honen-in [Sightseeing Spots]

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Honen-in, in Shishigatani, is a hidden gem that is reminiscent of a secret hideout. Pass through the patched grass temple gate and enter the grounds that are surrounded by trees; you’re taken into the stillness that separates you from the hustle and bustle of the main street.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
30 Goshonodan-cho, Shishigatani, Sakyo-ku

Opening hours:
6am-4pm

Admission:
Free

Phone: 771-2420

4. Kyoto Sanjo Starbucks (Summer Only) [Food & Drink]

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When you’re tired from shopping, you should stop by a Starbucks for a rest.  They have breeze-enjoying floor in summer time where you can enjoy the cool evenings; but in May and September, you can also enjoy in the daytime as well.  Enjoy coffee there while taking in the sight of the river!

Website:
Official Website (English)

Address:
604-8004
Kyoto Nakagyo-ku Sanjo-Kawaramachi-Higashiiru
113 Nakajimacho

Opening hours:
8am-11pm

Phone: 075-213-2326

5. Chourakukan Café [Food & Drink]

This cafe used to be a businessman’s villa before it was remodeled. Since it was used as a reception hall by important people from both inside and outside the country, the beautiful fixtures such as chandeliers and stained glass windows have been kept. It’s near Yasaka Shrine, so visit this cafe together and you can experience both the Japanese and the Western sides of Kyoto.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒605-0071 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, 八坂鳥居前東入円山町604

Opening hours:
24/7

Phone: 075-561-0001

6. Ishibe Alley [Sightseeing Spots]

Ishibe Alley is in is an area that conserves traditional architectural structures, and it’s definitely one you should walk down when you come and go from Kodai Temple and the downtown areas. Among the scene of the houses’ stone walls, are also many well-established restaurants and inns. These narrow streets of Kyoto definitely is a maze, but there are many attractive places to take photos.

Address:
〒605-0825 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 東山区下河原町463−29

7. Iyemon Salon [Food & Drink]

This salon-cafe opened in 2008, in Karasumaoike with the concept that modern people should enjoy Japan’s traditional tea culture in a fashionable way. In this modern-style building, you can enjoy a wide variety of menus, including dishes such as ochazuke (a rice dish with green tea poured over it) and desserts using tea. The seats from where you can see the garden are extremely popular.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒604-8166 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, 三条通烏丸西入御倉町80番地 千總ビル

Opening hours:
8am-11:30pm

Phone: 075-222-1500

8. The scrubbing brushes of Naito Rikimatsu [Shopping]

Located near the Sanjo Bridge, the Naito Rikimatsu store has no sign snugly fitting among the buildings. The shop specializes in daily necessities like scrubbing brushes and brooms made of hemp palm. When Terence Conran first saw these items and their high quality, he fell in love at first sight and added them to his stores in London.

Address:
Nakajimacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Opening hours:
9:30am-7:30pm

Phone: 075-221-3018

9. Mamemasa’s Goshiki-mame [Shopping]

Mamemasa was established in 1884, as a corn merchant and is now a Japanese confectionery store. Their cream Goshikimame is one of their best sellers. It’s a soft treat made of peanuts covered in multicolored creams. Modernly arranged Japanese traditional confection is a very popular souvenir.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒600-8555 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, 烏丸通塩小路下ル東塩小路町

Phone: 075-352-1111

10. Matsuhiro Shoten’s clasp purses [Shopping]

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On offer at Matsuhiro are craftsman-made purses with metal clasps with Japanese patterns. Inside the shop are hundreds of purses that differ in both pattern and design, enough that you won’t be able to easily choose one. The more you look at the clasp purses, the more you feel eager to use them, so many people buy a couple of purses in different patterns. The arabesque-patterned sign indicates the way to the store.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒605-0005 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 東山区 三条通大橋東入三町目12

Opening hours:
10:30am-8pm

Phone: 075-761-5469

11. Shimogamo Shrine Tadasu no Mori [Sightseeing Spots]

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On the grounds of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Shimogamo Shrine, there is a large primeval forest, Tadasu no Mori. Inside of this forest, during autumn you can enjoy the leaves that turn bright red. It is also said to be a power spot and you can feel the sacred atmosphere. Shimogamo Shrine holds various events throughout the year, so it’s recommended to check their web page if you want to visit.

Website:
Official website (English)

Address:
59 Izumigawa-cho, Shimogamo, Sakyo-ku

Opening hours:
6.30am-5pm

Admission:
Free

 

Telephone:
781-0010

 

12. Fushimi Inari Shrine [Sightseeing Spots]

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This is the head temple of the 30,000 Inari shrines that are all over Japan. Inari is the god of harvest and business. It is beloved by both local people and tourists. Since the entirety of Mt. Inari is part of the Shinto shrine precincts, there are torii gates all the way up to the summit. These gates are famous as a sightseeing spot. Also, since there is no entrance fee and no closing time, it’s popular as a walking course around Mt. Inari.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
68 Yabunouchi-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku

Opening hours:
Dawn to dusk

Admission:
Free

 

Telephone: 561-1551

 

13. Akari Design Workshop [Activity]

Akari Design Workshop sells original light fixtures made from hand-made washi paper. They also make order-made items, so how does getting an original item for your home sound for you? They also have an area where you can experience making washi lights, so you can make your own lighting.

Website:
Official Website (English)

14. Nishiki Market [Shopping]

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Nishiki Market, also called “Kyoto’s kitchen”, lies beside the shopping district where young people gather. Along this 390 meter market are shops that have been decorating Kyoto’s dining tables for the past 400 years. Kyoto vegetables and dried foods, pickles, sushi and other items are sold, and you can eat while you walk. Since it’s a covered arcade, it’s easy to shop there on rainy days too.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, 富小路通四条上る西大文字町609番地

Opening hours:
10am-6pm

Telephone: 075-211-3882

15. The Tea House at the summit of Mt. Yoshida [Food & Drink]

The popular, gentle hiking course to the summit of Mt. Yoshida starts near Kyoto University. On the top of the mountain is a renovated tea house cafe named Moan. On certain days they hold tea ceremonies that don’t require prior reservations to participate in. Enjoy the aroma of the freshly prepared tea.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒606-8311 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Sakyo Ward, Yoshidakaguraokacho, 8

Opening hours:
11:30am-6pm

Telephone: 075-761-2100

16. Kyoto International Manga Museum [Arts]

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This museum was the first manga museum in Japan that opened in 2006 using an elementary school building that had closed down. The building retains a nostalgic atmosphere, reminiscent of the Showa period (1926-1989). There are around 50,000 volumes of manga available to read. There are also areas where popular animes of different eras are gathered, and it’s indeed a treasure trove. On the days when the weather is nice, you can read out on the lawn.

Website:
Official Website (English)

Address:
Karasuma-dori, Oike agaru, Nakagyo-ku

Opening hours:
10am-6pm, last entry 5:30pm
Closed Wednesday, the following Thursday when Wednesday is a national holiday, and New Year holiday

Admission:
Adults: \800
Junior and high school students: \300
Elementary school students: \100

Telephone:
254-7414

17. Jishu Shrine [Sightseeing Spots]

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Jishu Shrine sits inside the grounds of Kiyomizudera, which is Kyoto’s most famous spot for successful relationship. There is a legend that if you close your eyes and cross through the space between the two stones called the fortune-tellers, then your love will come true. There are love charms that come in a set for couples, love charms for single people who wish to get married and quite a few other kinds of charms and amulets.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
625 Gion-machi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku

Opening Hours:
24/7

Admission:
free

 

18. Ponto-cho Robin [Food & Drink]

Ponto-cho, in the middle of the geisha district, holds a distinct elegance where you can enjoy a refined dining experience. In Robin, a restaurant that is in a remodeled 150 year old home, you can dine out over the river during the summer. They offer delicate foods such as pike conger, blowfish and yuba, seasoned in a Kyoto style. During the high season the waiting time is especially long, so making a reservation prior to your visit is recommended.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒604-8011 京都府京都市中京区先斗町通り若松町137-4 (二番路地奥北)

Opening hours:
5pm-10pm

Telephone: 075-222-8200

19. Ayashirama [Sightseeing Spots]

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This road through a bamboo thicket connecting the great sights of Arashiyama is very popular among tourists. In the summer the tall bamboos absorb the heat, so you can enjoy the refreshing, pleasantly cool atmosphere. It feels like you’ve slipped back in time,as outside noise is completely blocked. The sunlight filtering through the trees and the rustling of the leaves will heal your travel exhaustion.

Address:
Arashiyama, Ukyo-ku

Opening hours:

24/7

 

Telephone: 861-0012

20. Kurama-dera Temple [Sightseeing Spots]

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This spot is representative of Kurama, the area called “Kyoto’s inner parlor.” Rare for a Kyoto shrine or temple, you can take a cable car from the temple gate to the grounds. This space has a feeling of holiness throughout it, possibly due to the legend that the Kurama kappa spirit lives here. On the grounds there is a paving stone which is considered a power spot. There are hot springs nearby where you can stop by on your way home.

Website:
Official Website (English)

Address:
520 Kurama Honmachi, Sakyo-ku

Opening hours:
10am-9pm

Admission:
Outdoor bath only
Adults: \1000
Children (4-12 years old): \700

Outdoor bath and indoor bath (face towel, bath towel, and yukata included)
Adults: \2500
Children (4-12 years old): 1600

Telephone: 741-2131

 

21. Kifune Shrine [Sightseeing Spots]

Steps To Kibune-jinja Shrine

This shrine is placed at the source of the Kamo River that runs through the center of Kyoto. The God protecting the water source is enshrined at this shrine. It’s also famous for its God of marriage. Omikuji, paper fortunes, are drenched in water to forecast the future. Water fortunes are also popular. In the area, there are many restaurants and inns, so there are many travelers who repeatedly come to spend a while in Kifune.

Website:
Official site (Japanese)

Address:
180 Kurama-Kibune-cho, Sakyo-ku

Opening hours:
6am-8pm (May-Nov)
6am-6pm (Dec-Apr)

Admission: free

 

Telephone: 741-2016

 

22. Kyukyodo’s Incense Sticks [Shopping]

This shop has been in Kyoto for 900 years and sells fragrances, art supplies and goods made of washi paper. Also, there are a wide variety of picture postcards and envelopes. Lately, aromatherapy candles and oils have been very popular along women. There are also many products made in collaboration with famous Kyoto brands. How about buying something as a souvenir for yourself?

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:

23. Gion Tatsumi Bridge [Sightseeing Spots]

Near the intersection between Shinbashi-dori and Shirakawa-minami-dori is a famous photo spot called “the most picturesque place in Gion.” The red-lacquered pillars and stone pavings next to the clear stream of the river creates a very Kyoto-like scenery with many people wearing a kimono. Especially in the spring, when the cherry blossoms bloom, it is a popular place to enjoy Kyoto’s beauty.

Address:
〒605-0084 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, 祇園

24. Kinkaku-ji Temple [Sightseeing Spots]

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Rising above its reflecting pond like an apparition, the golden hall of Kinkaku-ji is Kyoto’s most impressive sight, especially if you’re there on the four or five days per year when it’s covered in snow. The only problem is, as you might guess, that it’s almost always packed with visitors. For these reason, we recommend going just after it opens, just after it closes and, if possible on a Monday morning.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
1 Kinkaku-ji-cho, Kita-ku

Opening hours:
9am-5pm

Admission:
Adults: 400¥
Junior high and elementary school students: 300

Telephone: 461-0013

25. Ginkaku-ji Temple [Sightseeing Spots]

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Ginkaku-ji Temple (“The Silver Pavilion”) is on everyone’s checklist of sights to see while in Kyoto, both foreigners and Japanese alike. We understand why: it’s about as beautiful as any temple in the city. But, if you visit between 10am and 4pm, especially on a weekend or holiday, it is almost impossible to enjoy the place.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
2 Ginkaku-ji-cho, Sakyo-ku

Opening hours:
8.30am-5pm March-November
9am-4.30pm December-February

Admission:
Adults: 500¥
Junior high and elementary school students: 300¥

Telephone: 771-5725

 

26.  Café Style Resort Sagano-yu [Food & Drink]

This cafe is a renovated bathhouse from the Taisho period. The bath tiles, mirrors, and shoe boxes were all left as they were, giving the place a nostalgic feel. The most popular items on the menu are the deluxe pancakes and the European-inspired curry. They also sell karinto (a type of fried dough snack) and original goods for souvenirs.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒616-8366
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27.Gion Koubu Kabu Renjyo [Arts]

Located near Kennin Temple, this is a hall where geiko (young geisha) and maiko (apprentice geisha) have practices and  rehearsals. Every spring they hold a large performance called “Miyako-odori,” a dance performance that has been going on for 140 years. The gorgeous and luxurious stage art, expressing the landscapes of Kyoto is one of the highlights.

Website:
Official Website (English)

28. Kyoto Shijo Minami-za [Arts]

Minami-za is a theater that has been open since the Edo period (1603-1868), and the building retains the facade as it was. The building is actually registered as one of the country’s tangible cultural properties. They hold a wide variety of events, from kabuki performances to concerts, so if there’s anything on their schedule that you’d like to attend, you should make sure to get tickets beforehand.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒605-0075 京都府京都東山区 四条通大和大路西入中之町198

29. Maruyama Park [Sightseeing Spots]

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Maruyama Park is the oldest park in Kyoto, and spans 87,000 square meters and holds around 680 cherry blossom trees. In the center of the park is a huge weeping cherry blossom tree, so every year the park is crowded with people going for cherry blossom viewing. Many events such as college freshmen welcome parties are held there, so one of its charms is being able to experience Japan’s party culture if you happen upon one of these events.

Address:
Maruyama-cho, Higashiyama-ku

Opening hours:
24/7

Admission:
Free

Telephone: 222-3586

30. Minokichi Honten Takeshigero [Food & Drink]

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Minokichi is a restaurant that is considered one part of the cornerstone of Kyoto’s traditional food culture. It flourished in the Edo period as a restaurant specializing in freshwater fish cuisine, and was reborn into a residence prominent figure in Sukiya style, tea-ceremony arbor style. They added the name “Takeshigero” with the meaning “we will continue to thrive like luxurious bamboo,” and the sight of the bamboo surrounding the building is a highlight. It’s often used as the venue for engagement parties, receptions, and other formal events.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
65 Torii-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8436

31. Shokoku-ji Temple [Sightseeing Spots]

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This is the head temple of the Japanese zen, Shokoku-ji sect temples. Since it’s in a quiet residential area away from the downtown, you can take your time to visit. It’s especially famous for the “crying dragon” that is on the ceiling of the temple’s lecture hall. It is said that if you clap your hands directly below it, the echo sounds like the crying of a dragon.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒602-0898 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Kamigyo Ward, 今出川通烏丸東入

Opening hours:
10am-4:30pm

Admission:
Adults: 600¥

Telephone: 075-231-0301

32. Kyoto University Clock Tower [Sightseeing Spots]

Kyoto University is a prestigious university in Japan. It’s been a setting in manga and movies a lot lately, so the look of the campus itself has gained popularity as well. Among the popular spots is the clock tower, which was erected as the symbol of the university in 1925. In front of it is an ancient camphor tree, and most of the time there are college students freely spending their time around it. If you visit during the university festival held in November, you might find something interesting.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
Yoshidahonmachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8501

Opening hours:
24/7

33. Bozu Bar [Food & Drink]

This bar opened in 2010, near the site of the Honno-ji Incident. The highlight of this bar is that the bartender is actually a chief priest with a quiet, gentle personality, and every day he gives a sermon at this bar. Many people go to speak with him about their problems. He’ll also talk to you about Kyoto’s traditions and Japanese culture. You can spend a luxurious time drinking the night away.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
〒604-8237 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, 中京区油小路蛸薬師下る山田町526

Opening hours:
8pm-0pm

Telephone: 075-252-3160

34. Ryozen Museum of History [Arts]

The Ryozen Museum of History is located in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto. A great number of materials about the end of the Tokugawa shogunate is on exhibition. You can experience a lot about beloved historical figures like Ryoma Sakamoto and the Shinsengumi. The area where you can see videos of the Bakumatsu in 3D is particularly popular. There are also places where you can see life-sized panels as well as touch their real battle weapons, so it’s recommended as a family outing.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

35. Tetsugaku no Michi (“Philosopher’s Walk”) [Sightseeing Spots]

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This is a walk that’s about 2 km along a canal south of Ginkaku-ji. It was given this name because the philosopher Kitarou Nishida often strolled this path. In the spring it becomes a cherry blossom tunnel, in the summer it’s full of fireflies, so it’s full of seasonal enjoyments. The areas around it is dotted with cafes, so you can enjoy the scenery as well as a cup of coffee.

Website:
Official Website (English)

36.Mangetsu’s Ajari-mochi [Food & Drink]

This is a very popular traditional confectionery shop. They have a motto “one type of red bean paste can only be used to make one kind of pastry”.  This mochi is made in the shape of the conical hats which the monks studying at Mt. Hiei wear. Its taste has not changed since the Taisho era (1912-1926), so it’s beloved by both locals and tourists alike. You’ll get addicted to the soft, sticky texture.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

37. Ichizawa Shinzaburo Hanpu [Shopping]

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These are original canvas products that you can only buy at this store in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto. The bags sold here made by skilled craftsman, are extremely durable. They’re also popular due to their cute designs, such as floral patterns or polka dots. Their standard items are bags that were originally designed for particular purposes, such as milk delivery or as liquor sacks.

Website:
Official Website (English)

38. Nene no Michi Ten-Qoo-Ann’s Business Card Fragrance [Shopping]

Nene no Michi is a popular spot on an alleyway reminiscent of Kyoto. Ten-Qoo-Ann is a store that is almost hidden on the roadside there. They sell delicate, brilliant accessories such as faceted glass or tonbo glass beads. The recommended item is a scent for your business card case. Try out items that will make even your business hours Kyoto-like.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

39. Kyoto’s 3 Big Festivals (Aoi Matsuri/ Gion Matsuri/ Jidai Matsuri) [Events]

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These festivals have been beloved throughout time and in Kyoto and they are held three times a year. May 15th is the Aoi Matsuri, the Gion Matsuri is held throughout July, and October 22nd is the Jidai Matsuri. In either of the festivals, there are parades of people wearing beautiful costumes and ornaments as though they were right out of a picture scroll. There are many people who visit Kyoto specifically at the time of the festivals.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

40. Ramen from Ichijoji – Takayasu [Food & Drink]

Because of the large number of students in Kyoto, it’s a town that has an active ramen culture. Among them is Takayasu, a restaurant that has a large following due to its thick soup. It often has a very long queue. One of their side dishes, karaage chicken, is very popular because of its crunchiness. Why not try this side of Japanese culture next to students and businessmen?

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

41. Eel and Rakugo at Kaneyo [Food & Drink]

Kaneyo is a well-respected eel restaurant on Shinkyougoku-dori. It’s unagi donburi (a dish made of eel resting on rice) is made by grilling the eel with their treasured sauce that has been passed down for 100 years. They also have an original dish called “Kinshi-don,” which is a dish with an egg on top of the eel. Once a month, they hold an event where you can enjoy rakugo (traditional comedic storytelling) as you eat your eel.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

42. Pottery-making at Kashogama [Activity]

Kashogama has created pottery bowls and tea instruments for four generations at Sannenzaka in Kiyomizu, Kyoto. You can experience making your original tea cup or tableware using a pottery wheel, in approximately 30 minutes . Since they only allow a few people at a time, the friendly instructors can help you personally, so you can make your work of art in peace.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

43. Japanese liquor bar Takahashi [Food & Drink]

This bar is a popular spot among adults, not far from the business district. You can enjoy an assortment of Japanese liquors, judged as the best by the bar master. The handwritten menu gives the bar a chic atmosphere. Many people also go to eat the soba noodles that the owner makes from buckwheat flour. It’s a great place for travelers to go due to its calm atmosphere and its reasonable price.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

44. World [Night Life]

At this club located in Kiya-machi, an area known for nightlife, you can enjoy dancing to music played by famous DJs. Often, famous people like celebrities and authors from Kyoto can be found here. The club is decorated artistically to resemble Europe in the Middle Ages. The age group of visitors is realatively high. If you want to experience Kyoto’s nightlife, it’s a spot you definitely should not miss.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

45. Kyoto Railway Museum [Activity]

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The Kyoto Railway Museum is one of the best railway museums anywhere in the world. It’s a must for train fans and families with children.

Website:
Official Website (English)

Address:
Kankijicho, Shimogyo-ku

Opening hours:
10am to 5:30pm
closed Wednesdays
open on holidays
closed Dec 30, 31 and Jan 1

Admission:
adults: Y1,200
university and high school students: Y1,000
junior high and elementary school students: Y500
children 3 years and up: Y200

 

Telephone: 570-080-462

 

46. Kyoto Studio Park [Sightseeing Spots]

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This theme park is a place where you can experience the world of historical plays through events and attractions. The arched bridge and the tea house were actually used as a part of a set for a historical movie. You can also take a commemorative photo with that as the scenery. There are events that will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time, such as experiencing being a ninja and courses on sword fighting. This park is very popular among children.

Website:
Official Website (English)

Address:
10 Uzumasa Higashihachiokacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8161

Opening hours:
9am-5pm

Admission:
adults: Y2,200
university and high school students: Y1,300
children 3 years and up: Y1,100

Telephone: 570-080-462

47. Tofuki-ji Temple [Sightseeing Spots]

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We love the spacious grounds and fantastic subtemples at this walled in world of Zen in Southeast Kyoto. While all the temples further north will be crammed with sightseeing, this place can be practically abandoned.

Website:
Official Website (English)

Address:
15-778 Honmahi, Higashiyama-ku

Opening hours:
9am-4pm April-October
8.30am-4pm November- early December
9am-3:30pm early December-March

Admission:
Hojo garden:
Adults: \400
Junior high and elementary school students: \300

Tsutenkyo and Kaizando:
Adults: \400
Junior high and elementary school students: \300

Grounds:
Free

 

Telephone: 561-0087

 

48. Otabe Dojo [Activity]

At the main store of the celebrated confectionery, Otabe, in the southern part of Kyoto, you can experience making sweets at their workshop. You can experience making nama-yatsuhashi, a type of sweet made with steamed ingredients wrapped in mochi and shaped into a triangle. You can also try many different flavors of yatsuhashi and look around the workshop. It’s a perfect destination for a group tour.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

49. Fushimi Sake Distilleries [Activity]

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Fushimi is an area blessed with underground water, and thanks to that water’s quality, it’s become famous for sake production. Famous sake makers like Gekkeikan and Kizakura Kappa Kantori have their distilleries here. It’s an ideal spot for people who like sake to taste different types of sakes. It’s recommended to visit in fall as they open up private cellars that people usually can’t visit.

Website:
Official Website (Japanese)

Address:
228 Shioya-machi, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City

Telephone: 075-611-9919

50. Kiyomizu-dera [Sightseeing Spots]

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Website:
Official Website (English)

Address:
1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku

Opening hours:
6am- around 6pm, the gate close time varies by season (5:30pm-6:30pm)

Admission:
Adults: ¥300
Junior and elementary school students: ¥200

 

Telephone: 551-1234

 

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