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.