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Best things to do in Higashiyama Ward

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Buddhist Temple
“The sloping road with 1.2 km long from Higashi-oji street to Kiyomizutera is called Kiyomizu Saka, there are lots of souvenir shops for tourist at both sides. The shrine is leveled land with stone wall in the middle of Kiyomizuyama (Otowa Mauntain) at 242 meter elevation and lots of houses stand side by side. After passing the Nioumon gate at the entrance, go straight at the West gate, three-story pagoda, Buddhist library, Tamura-do and Asakura-do and arrive at the main hall. After passing the main hall, Shakado and Amidado, you may see Okunoin standing at the cliff and the fall with very famous water, so called Otowanotaki. If you go further in a southern direction from the Otowanota, you may see the Taizan-ji over the valley named as Kinunkyou, and three-story pagoda named as Koyasutou. Furthermore, there are Jinushi Shrein in a northern direction of the main hall and the main house of chief priest named as Seijyuuin.”
207 locals recommend
Shrine
“Yasaka shrine is known for the name of “Gion-san” in general and called “Gion-sha” (the “sha” means shrine in Japanese) in acient. This is HQ of shrine in Japan and it is said that it was established in 876 to pray for the recovery from epidemic after the priest Ennyo invited the Emperor Ushizu to Kyoto, and peoples in Kyoto tried to enshrine this shrine and escape from such epidemic. Base on such history, Gion committee was started and the parade of decorated floats were conducted from the middle of Heian period and Gion committee has been held magnificently in July every year as the traditional festival of Yasaka Shrine. This shrine is famous for the prosperous business and charm against evil.”
109 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“At this place, you can see thousand statues of Buddha. They are so great. You will feel something mysterious there. Sanjusangendo is close to Kyoto National Museum, so you should go both.”
68 locals recommend
Park
“Enyama Park is a beautiful place to go and have a picnic and enjoy the sun. Come with your family and see the temple (Yasaka Shrine) thats right next door as well!”
41 locals recommend
Museum
“This museum is most famous in Kyoto. You can enjoy popular exhibitions. This is next to Sanjusangendo, so I recommend you to visit both. ”
55 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“In spring, bloom beautiful sakura (cherry trees), in autumn, can see beautiful turned leaves(red, yellow, orange .etc). In neighborhood, there is Kiyomizu, temple, so it is indispensable in the Higashiyama walk. ”
34 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“In autumn, in this temple, colored leaves are the highlight. And this temple is the one of the oldest and biggest in Japan. You are worth going!”
53 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful narrow street filled with various restaurants that is bound to fill your appetite. This place is more than worthy to take a few photos of, especially in the night time.”
51 locals recommend
Colloquial Area
“Most famous geisha district in Kyoto, located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. ”
58 locals recommend
Market
“Nishiki Market (錦市場 Nishiki Ichiba) (literally "brocade market") is a marketplace in downtown Kyoto, located on a road one block north and parallel to Shijō Street (四条通 Shijō-dōri) and west of Teramachi Street (寺町通 Teramachi-dōri). Rich with history and tradition, the market is renowned as the place to obtain many of Kyoto's famous foods and goods.”
47 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“The three gates of Chion-in is known for the “Three achievement of enlightenment”, which represents “Vacuity”, “No form” and “Natural”. It was constructed by the donation from 2nd Shogun, Hidetada Tokugawa in 1621. These three gates of the temple have the tallest height for wooden gate in Japan. The width is 26.6 m and the height is 23.8 m from the foundation stone to the roof. It has the typical shape of three gates which is the Gokensanko-nikainjyu-mon in the Iriomoya-Tsukuri style and clay tile roofing. The frame of Kacho-zan set up in the front of the temple three gates was painted by the Emperor Reigen. Entering the temple three gates, you may see two kinds of slopes which is called Otokozaka (Men’s slope) and Onnazaka (Women’s slope). On the Otokozaka there are steep stairways, on the other hand the Onnazaka has more gentle stairways but slightly longer slope. Now, which way will you select?”
22 locals recommend
Department Store
“"Takashimaya Shopping Center" Takashimaya is very famous department store. ”
26 locals recommend
Theatre
“This is the Minamiza which you can see traditional Japanese show called Kabuki. Built 400 years ago, it is registered as a Japanese tangible cultural asset. We can go by train from our room in an hour. You can enjoy watching Kabuki and enjoy it even just watching traditional buildings from outside as one of Kyoto sightseeing. If you are lucky you may also be able to see Maiko!”
16 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Kennin-ji holds various cultural properties / national treasures and exhibits in the library, such as the folding screen of “Fujin Raijin” made by Soutatsu Tawaraya representing Rin group of painters. Furthermore, the barrier picture of “Unryu-zu” made by Yusyo Kaihou is exhibited in the residence of elders. We recommend you the “Daiyu-en” the dry garden style in the residence of elders and “Choon-tei” in the court as hot spots. Especially, “Choon-tei” show various expression in seasons and you may see wonderful scenery of red leaves in the Autumn. At the ceiling of lecture hall, “Souryu-zu” (picture of a dragon) made by Atsushi Koizumi is painted. It is worth seeing the 108 tatami mats large (1 tatami mat is aprox 1.82㎡) water ink paintings on the ceiling.”
19 locals recommend
Café
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“You can enjoy their excellent beverages while enjoying the famous Kamo River that flows through Kyoto from this store.”
12 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
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“Serene temple with historic shrines & a bamboo grove, plus a teahouse hosting seasonal ceremonies.”
17 locals recommend