Kyoto Half Day Guide - The Streets and Religious Sites of Gion

by Luke - TripleLights travel specialist

We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on Triplelights. We hope it helps you to plan your perfect itinerary during your trip to Japan. In our fourth post of the series, we focus on the best sights to be visited in a half day tour of Kyoto.

 

This five hour itinerary takes you through some of the most traditional sights, including the area in and around the old entertainment streets of Gion. To Kennin-ji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, and finally Nishiki Ichiba Market.

 

1. Yasaka Shrine

 

Yasaka Shrine is not only beautiful, but the god of beauty resides here. Drinking sacred spring water is said to gain you beauty, which is why maiko and geisha come to Yasaka Shrine. Beauty water can also be applied to the skin, and praying here is said to grant you the power of a successful life. 

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2. Gion 

Kyoto Half Day Guide - The Streets and Religious Sites of Gion

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A wander through the streets of Gion offers a chance to see a true representation of old Kyoto, in the style of maiko and geisha dressed in kimono. The rest of the streets here feature old houses, small restaurants, and tea houses, making it a great place to soak up the traditional atmosphere of a historic Kyoto.

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3. Kennin-ji Temple 

Kyoto Half Day Guide - The Streets and Religious Sites of Gion

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One of the five most important temples of Kyoto, Kennin-ji also claims to be the oldest of Kyoto's Zen temples, and the impressive Zen garden reflects this fact. The most impressive sight within the temple buildings is the huge ceiling painting of the Twin Dragons, created in two years by Koizumi Junsaku to mark the 800th year anniversary of Kennin-ji's founding.

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4. Nishiki Ichiba Market 

Kyoto Half Day Guide - The Streets and Religious Sites of Gion

A huge market area selling a variety of traditional food, fish, and vegetables. You can try a vast array of unique foods local to Kyoto, along with famous sushi and tempura. The market is great to explore, and the atmosphere throughout the day can be enjoyed over the food itself. Search the market for some interesting examples of Kyoto cuisine, and stop off for a delicious lunch after a day of exploring the old Kyoto streets. 

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21 Dec 2015

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