What to Expect
Kyoto is small yet a lot to see. Let me help you to visit places you want to check out as much as possible!
Here are some of the famous attractions and my favourite places in Kyoto - feel free to pick some of these too.
- Fushimi Inari Shrine >>> Known as thousand gates, Fushimi Inari Shrine could be one of the most famous highlights in Kyoto. Recommended going in early morning, since the place gets packed after 9am. Please discuss the starting time if you want to put this in your tour.
- Kiyomizudera Temple (Under construction until March 2020) >>> One of the oldest wooden made temples in Japan. Since it is located on the hill, you can see some nice view of the city over cherry blossom & maple trees.
- Nishiki Market >>> We call it "Kyoto's kitchen", over 100 shops are lined up through the arcade. From seafood to vegetables, you can taste all the different types of Kyoto food as you walk the market.
- Arashiyama >>> Arashiyama is located on the westside of the city, where you can enjoy some nature in all season. A lot of small souvenir shops and finger foods, bamboo forest and monkey park is something people are looking forward to visit in this area.
- Kinkakuji Temple >>> Known as "Golden Pavilion", the temple is covered by gold. You cannot go inside the temple but has amazing view of the temple over the pond. You can visit Ryoanji and Ninnaji at the same time following the Kinukake Path.
- Ginkakuji Temple >>> Unlike Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) is not in silver color yet it has very beautiful garden and you can feel Japanese "Wabi Sabi" culture.
- Nijo Castle >>> Unlike the other castles in Japan, Nijo castle is unique in its flatness. It used to be the residence of one of the most important Shogun's in Japanese history Tokugawa back in the 15th century. The place is also good when on rainy day.
- Toji Temple >>> Founded just after the capital was moved to Kyoto in the late 700s, Toji (East Temple) is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in Kyoto. There is a famous flea market happening every month on the 21st where you can find some vintage trinkets and food venders.
- Tofuku-ji Temple >>> Located south east of Kyoto station, just above Fushimi Inari (Orange Gates), Tofuku-ji is well known for its autumn foliage. Although the trees are not in color, you can still enjoy the surrounding nature and escape from business.
- Nanzen-zi Temple >>> One of the most important zen temples in all of Japan. The area will be covered by full of cherry blossom in the spring, and also by autumn leaves in the fall. The entrance fee is free, 500 yen / person is requires if you want to go inside the Japanese Garden. The temple is located on the east side of the city so worth visiting if you are interested in checking out Philosophers Walk or Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavillion).
- Fushimi Sake District >>> Did you know Kyoto has one of the leading sake breweries in all Japan? Here you can visit some museum and learn more about its history, how it's made, and do some tasting. You can also enjoy seeing some traditional hosings in the area.
- Standing Bars >>> This is more for night time things to do, but there are some of the places open from lunch. If you are food & drink lover we can go to one of local standing bars for lunch and explore Japanese eating and drinking scene.
Looking forward to seeing you all and share some great moment!