Kyoto’s Pontocho restaurant district is a little gem for dining in Kyoto. The alley is located on the West bank of the iconic Kamogawa river, facing the famous geisha district of Gion. Restaurants are found on both sides of the alley Continue reading Kyoto Mamehachi in Kyoto’s Pontocho restaurant district
Nanzen-ji is a Buddhist temple of Kyoto that was established in 1291 by the emperor Kameyama on the site of his retirement palace. It is particularly known for its massive gate and the aqueduct that was built in the nineteenth century to bring fresh water from lake Biwa. The Nanzen-ji temble grounds includes many sub-temples featuring beautiful gardens.
Tofukuji is a large Zen Buddhist temple of Kyoto. It is well known for its forest which displays beautiful colors in fall. The temple also features large covered walkways that protects visitors from the elements.
Red gates are the staple of the Fushimi Inari Shrine. Thousands of them are lined on the path to Inariyama, the mountain hosting the upper Shrine of Fushimi Inari. The walk back and forth from the Shrine to the summit takes about 2 to 3 hours. On top, hundreds of small torii gates are piled in different sections of the Shrine as offerings to the god Inari.
The Fushimi Inari shrine is a Shinto shrine famous for its red torii gates: thousands of them line the path linking the entrance of the shrine to the summit of Inariyama. This makes Fushimi Inari truely unique among the many shrines of Japan.
The Shrine is dedicated to Inari, the god of rice. Most visitors enjoy a walk to the summit of Mount Inari which offers a nice view of Kyoto. The whole hike back and forth takes about 2-3 hours. If time is limited, there is plenty to enjoy at the Shrine’s entrance. Surrounding streets host lots of small stores with food and souvenirs.
The Umekoji Steam Locomotive museum is located about 20 minutes by foot from the central Kyoto station. The museum is dedicated to Japanese steam locomotives: it features 19 of them, stored in 20-track roundhouse surrounding the turntable. The main entrance to the museum is the old Nijo station that was moved to be part of the museum in 1997. An exhibition train ride occurs three times a day and lasts about 10 minutes.
Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, abounds with historical landmarks but its main train station is far from anything ancient. The station was built in 1997 and is definitely futuristic by its architectural design. The station deserves the Tokaido Shinkansen line and many of the subway lines of Kyoto. A large number of hotels surround the station which is also located next to a large Isetan shopping mall. Don’t forget to visit the Ramen floor where one can choose among 8 Ramen restaurants!
The Sagano Scenic Railway is popular among tourists visiting the district of Arashiyama in Kyoto. The train ride starts from the Torokko station, located close to the JR Saga-Arashiyama station and follows the beautiful Katsura River gorge all the way to Kameoka city. The train is composed of panoramic cars that offer an unobstructed view of the gorge.
The Tenryu-ji temple is without a doubt one of the landmarks of Arashiyama district and Kyoto’s region. The temple’s history, which is now listed as a world heritage, dates back to 1339. However, due to fires and natural hazards, most of the buildings were rebuilt about a hundred years ago or so. Its sumptuous gardens, on the other hand, are known to survive in their original form. The garden features a charming pond facing the temple and a sumptuous bamboo grove.
The Nonomiya Shrine is a small unpretentious shrine located in Arashiyama district. During the Heian period, imperial princesses spent year-long stays at the Nonomiya shrine to purify themselves before becoming representatives of the imperial family. On your way to the Arashiyama bamboo forest, you’ll have the chance too to purify at this charming and sacred site.