Haradani-en Garden, located on top of a hill above Kinkaku-ji Temple in Kyoto has a lovely hidden garden. It’s truly superb in cherry blossom season to visit.
Konpuku-ji, located in northern Higashiyama of Kyoto is a quieter small temple, one of the most important historic site of Haiku, a Japanese style poetry.
Entoku-in, located in Southern Higashiyama of Kyoto, the most popular sightseeing area has delightful collection of art treasures and fine Japanese dry gardens.
Shisen-do Temple, located in northern Higashiyama of Kyoto, a less-traveled part of the city offers a tranquil experience with its dry landscape garden.
Honen-in temple, located near by the Philosopher’s path provides calm atmosphere with an amazing scenic approach with a moss-covered thatched gate.
A quiet and tranquil temple, located on Yoshida-yama hill in Northern Higashiyama, you can enjoy viewing nice cherry blossoms and autumn colors without crowds.
Murin-an villa and garden, located in the neighborhood of Nanzen-ji and Heian-jingu shrine is a wonderful place to relax or stroll the garden in all seasons.
Hosen-in Temple, located in Ohara, is known for its blood-stained ceiling and peaceful and welcoming atmosphere with its stanning gardens and autumn colors.
A small temple in Higashiyama of Kyoto city, known for its beautiful autumn color, to offer a fine dry garden, brilliant architecture and superb decorations.
A small and quiet temple, located outskirt of Kyoto city is probably the most photogenic temple in Kyoto with its heart-shaped window and ceiling paintings.
The oldest botanical garden in Japan, located north of Kyoto city is a good place to enjoy seasonal scenery, especially cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.
Rakusai Chikurin Bamboo Park is located in south-west of Arashiyama. You can see beautiful bamboo forest without the crowds like Arashiyama’s bamboo forest.
A small shrine with a unique black torii-gate has a great reputation for women. It will be an interesting stop along the Arashiyama bamboo grove walking path.
Saiho-ji Temple, commonly known as Koke-dera in the Arashiyama area offers a stunning Japanese garden. It’s hard to believe that moss can be a reason to visit.
Uji is a suburb of Kyoto well known as the capital of Japanese green tea, located on the banks of the Uji-gawa River. It’s a decent 1day trip out of Kyoto.
The highlight of Gion Matsuri festival is the “Yamaboko Junko” parade. Massive floats are pulled through the narrow, winding streets of Kyoto. See the schedule.
The Kamo-gawa Delta is home to Tadasu no mori, the famous woods of Shimogamo Shrine. A triangular shaped delta by Kyoto’s iconic Kamo-gawa River, to chill out.
Zuishin-in Temple, located in Yamashina, Kyoto is connected to the famous beauty and poet Ono no Komachi. The temple is also famous for its plum garden.
Kaju-ji Temple, located in Yamashina, is famous for its garden, to offer a peaceful getaway for those looking for a quiet retreat and the beauties of nature.
A traditional strolling style Japanese garden, hidden behind large walls in the urban Kyoto area is located just 12-minute from Kyoto station.
Gion Shirakawa dori「祇園白川通」 is as well-known as Hanami Koji dori「花見小路通」in Gion district, and beautiful street along the Shirakawa river in Kyoto.
Ippon-bashi or Gyoja-bashi bridge, a 66 cm wide stone bridge with weeping willow trees on the both side of Shirakawa stream is located near Chion-in Temple.
Mikane Jinja Shrine, a deity of gold in Kyoto attracts people wishing for economic fortune, located near Nijo Castle. A shining golden trii gate welcomes you.
Yoshimine-dera is a hidden mountain side temple with various flowers located in Kyoto’s western mountains. Visitors can enjoy cherry blossom, hydrangeas and autumn color.
Okazaki Shrine, located on the east of Heian-Jingu, filled with a lot of cute rabbits as its guardian deity, is a place to pray for safe births of children.
Yasaka Koshin-do, a small temple nearby Yasaka-no-to pagoda in the Higashiyama district welcome you with colorful monkeys and protect you from illnesses.
Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine is located in the Gion geisha district between Kennin-ji Temple and Yasaka Pagoda, to end bad relationships and start good ones.
Koetsu-ji, a Buddhist temple in the north west Kyoto, flourished as a village of artists, and the heart of tea ceremony was named after Honami Koetsu, a master of arts.
Gio-ji「祇王寺」, a quiet sub-temple of Daikaku-ji Temple is located to the north of Arashiyama, in the Sagano area of Kyoto. The temple is surrounded by trees and moss green gardens, to offer tranquility.
Jonan-gu Shrine, located in the south of Kyoto station, offers the elegant atmosphere of the Heian aristocracy with its expanded beautiful garden.