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From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Place of Worship
“Nanzenji Temple (南禅寺), whose spacious grounds are located at the base of Kyoto's forested Higashiyama mountains, is one of the most important Zen temples in all of Japan. It is the head temple of one of the schools within the Rinzai sect of Japanese Zen Buddhism and includes multiple subtemples, that make the already large complex of temple buildings even larger. The history of Nanzenji dates back to the mid 13th century, when the Emperor Kameyama built his retirement villa at the temple's present location and later converted it into a Zen temple. After its founding, Nanzenji grew steadily, but its buildings were all destroyed during the civil wars of the late Muromachi Period (1333-1573). The oldest of the current buildings was built after that period.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“It is close to Nanzen-ji Temple.Eikando is beautiful at night - beautiful autumn leaves illuminated and highlighted to perfection! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Daigoji (醍醐寺) is an important temple of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism and a designated world heritage site. The large temple complex stands southeast of central Kyoto and includes an entire mountainside. The main temple grounds are located at the base of the mountain and are connected via a hiking trail to several more temple buildings around the summit. Daigoji Temple is located a 15 minute walk or short bus ride by community bus number 4 (200 yen, every 30 minutes) from Daigo Station along the Tozai Subway Line. From Kyoto Station, take a JR train to Yamashina Station (5 minutes, 190 yen) and transfer to the Tozai Subway Line (8 minutes, 260 yen). Alternatively, take Keihan Bus number 22 or 22A from Yamashina Station to Daigoji (20 minutes, 220 yen, departures every 20 minutes). Keihan Bus also operates direct buses called "Yamashina Express" between Kyoto Station (Hachijo side) and Daigoji. The one way trip takes 30 minutes and costs 300 yen. Buses depart every 30-50 minutes. Sanboin, Shimo Daigo and Reihokan Museum (lower grounds) Hours 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from early December through February), admission ends 30 minutes before closing Closed No closing days Admission 1500 yen (from March 20 to May 15 and from October 15 to December 10) 800 yen (during the rest of the year) Kami Daigo (upper grounds) Hours Entry from 9:00 to 16:00 (until 15:00 from December through February), everybody must return to the base of the mountain by 17:00 Closed No closing days Admission 600 yen”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“京都といえば名物のゆどうふ! 旬の食材をふんだんに使用した京会席を四季折々の美しい庭園を眺めながら、ゆったりとお召し上がりいただけます。 食後には順正書院のあるお庭の散策など、南禅寺順正だから味わえる、京都ならではの贅沢な時間を過ごすことができます。 Nanzenji Junsei is a Japanese restaurant located near Nanzen-ji Temple that is famous for its simple but superb tofu dishes. Here you can savour the subtle flavour of Yudofu (tofu in hot broth) served with spring onions, ginger or red peppers. You can enjoy traditional dishes while admiring the scenery of the restaurant’s beautifully maintained Japanese garden. You can even take a walk around the vast stroll garden after your meal. It’s perfect for vegetarians!!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
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“One of the Starbucks Coffee shop in Kyoto.Yamashina station is convenient to access everywhere in Kyoto.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“清水寺は東山・音羽山の中腹に建つ寺院で、「古都京都の文化財」として1994年に世界文化遺産に登録されました。いちばんの見どころは「清水の舞台」で知られる懸造りの本堂。京都にきたら外せないスポットです! In the east part of Kyoto, the Kiyomizu Temple, an important UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies in a picturesque location on Otowa Mountain overlooking the city.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 2
“Nanzenji(南禅寺)" is one of the most prestigious temples in Japan and it is also popular for foreign guests.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“The oldest shrine in Japan where the god of sake brews. It is famous for the benefit of safe delivery. The garden is beautiful with seasonal flowers as plums, cherry blossoms and irises”
  • 4 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Karl Houseからタクシーで10分 京都の町が見渡せる絶景夜景スポット。 珍しい「青い不動明王」も見応えあり。 手軽に行ける夜景スポットとして現地の人々にも人気。”
  • 3 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Bishamondo is one of the Tendai sect's five monzeki (Imperial) temples in Kyoto. Said to have been founded in 703, the temple was relocated to its present site in the hills southeast of Kyoto in 1665. It's main image of worship is Bishamonten, one of the Guardians of the Four Directions (Shitenno), who is also revered as one of the Seven Lucky Gods.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Murin-an is great Japanese garden. Though it is not a most popular touristic attraction, there are not so many people. You can sit on the open terrace and have some Matcya tea. It would be precious moment for you.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“The Onjo-ji Temple, as head temple of the Tendaijimon Buddhist sect, has long been considered as one of the Four Great Temples of Japan. The Mii-dera temple was repeatedly destroyed by fire, it has been restored each time thanks to the efforts of Hideyoshi Toyotomi and Ieyasu Tokugawa. Today, it is designated as one of the national treasures (Koku-ho)and as an important cultural property (Juyo Bunkazai). Also, you can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall. 天台宗寺門派の総本山で、観音堂は西国三十三所観音霊場第十四番札所。大友皇子の皇子・大友与多王が父の霊を弔うために寺を創建し、天武天皇に「園城寺」という勅額を賜ったことが名前の由来。また、境内には天智・天武・持統の三帝の産湯に用いられたという霊泉があり、「御井の寺」と称されたことから「三井寺」と呼ばれるようになった。金堂をはじめ、国宝や重要文化財の数は圧巻で、近江八景「三井の晩鏡」でも知られている。春は1000本の桜とライトアップ、秋は紅葉とみどころが多い。”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“(Hinode Udon) Filling noodle and rice dish. es are served at this pleasant shop with an English menu. Plain udon (thick white wheat noodles) are only Y500, but we rec ommend you spring for the nabeyaki udon (pot-baked wdon in broth) for Y950. This is a good lunch spot when temple-hopping in the Northern Higashiyama area.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Place to eat
“The ancient aqueduct (known as Suirokaku) built in the style of the Romans. You can follow the flow of water being transported from Lake Biwa into Kyoto for a few hundred meters at the top of the pedestrian walkway.  You can go by bus, it will take you 40 minutes”
  • 5 locals recommend
Kaiseki Restaurant
“Kaiseki (multi-course) restaurant. Pricey but worth it. The environment is beautiful as well. A cheaper option is to go for breakfast. Also check the private villa Murin-an next door, a must !”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“京都といえば名物のゆどうふ! 旬の食材をふんだんに使用した京会席を四季折々の美しい庭園を眺めながら、ゆったりとお召し上がりいただけます。 食後には順正書院のあるお庭の散策など、南禅寺順正だから味わえる、京都ならではの贅沢な時間を過ごすことができます。 Nanzenji Junsei is a Japanese restaurant located near Nanzen-ji Temple that is famous for its simple but superb tofu dishes. Here you can savour the subtle flavour of Yudofu (tofu in hot broth) served with spring onions, ginger or red peppers. You can enjoy traditional dishes while admiring the scenery of the restaurant’s beautifully maintained Japanese garden. You can even take a walk around the vast stroll garden after your meal. It’s perfect for vegetarians!!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“(Hinode Udon) Filling noodle and rice dish. es are served at this pleasant shop with an English menu. Plain udon (thick white wheat noodles) are only Y500, but we rec ommend you spring for the nabeyaki udon (pot-baked wdon in broth) for Y950. This is a good lunch spot when temple-hopping in the Northern Higashiyama area.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Kaiseki Restaurant
“Kaiseki (multi-course) restaurant. Pricey but worth it. The environment is beautiful as well. A cheaper option is to go for breakfast. Also check the private villa Murin-an next door, a must !”
  • 2 locals recommend
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“Nanzenji temple famous for its maples. Very near from home.著名的赏枫名所,南禅寺,也就在家的旁边。”
  • 1 local recommends
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  • 1 local recommends
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  • 3 locals recommend

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