5 must visit areas in Kyoto

Kyoto has many tourist attractions, and it can be difficult to decide where you should go.
Therefore, we have divided Kyoto city into five major areas and will tell you about their characteristics.
If you want to get an overall picture of sightseeing in Kyoto, please refer to this article about Kyoto's best areas.

  1. HIGASHIYAMA area
    Where many historical buildings and traditional townscapes remain
  2. KIYOMIZU dera area
    Where you can enjoy sightseeing on the way to the World Heritage site
  3. ARASHIYAMA area
    Where you can enjoy Kyoto's natural scenery.
  4. RAKUCHU area
    If you want to feel the life of Kyoto citizens, you must go there.
  5. KINKAKUJI area
    If you want to feel the tradition of Kyoto quietly

Higashiyama area, where many historical buildings and traditional streets remain

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Higashiyama area is an essential area for sightseeing in Kyoto.
This area is located on the east side of the city and is home to many historical buildings as well as a wide range of food and traditional streets and culture, including the Gion district.
If this is your first visit to Kyoto, you can spend a whole day in this area alone.
You will be able to feel the atmosphere of histric old Kyoto town.

Main Spots

(1) Nanzenji

In addition to the main temple, the waterway ruins in the precincts of the temple are also famous for their architecture.
Nanzenji's official site

(2) Heian Shrine

If you are lucky, you may be able to see a Japanese-style wedding ceremony.
Heian Shrine's official site

(3) Hanamikoji, Gion

A famous must-see street when you come to Kyoto.
If you're lucky, you might even see Geisha. Geisha are female entertainers of traditional Japanese culture.
Article on Hanamikoji

Kiyomizu-dera area, If you want to feel like a tourist on the way to the world heritage site, go to here.

Kiyomizu-dera area is located south of Higashiyama area, and as the name suggests, it is centered around Kiyomizu-dera Temple, a World Heritage Site.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is famous for its spectacular view of Kyoto City, and the Ichinen-zaka, Nichinen-zaka, and Sannen-zaka slopes leading to Kiyomizu-dera Temple are also points of interest.
These slopes are lined with modern cafes and souvenir stores in the old townscape, and are also great spots to enjoy eating and walking.

Main Spots

(1) Kiyomizu-dera

The stage of Kiyomizu is a must-see spot
Kiyomizu-dera's official site

(2) Ichinenzaka, Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka

Enjoy eating and walking in a sightseeing mood
Article on Ichinenzaka, Ninenzaka, Sannenzaka

(3) Sanjusangendo

The 1001 buddhist statues are a sight to behold!
Sanjusangendo's official site

Arashiyama area, This is the best place to enjoy the natural scenery of Kyoto.

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The Arashiyama area is located on the west side of Kyoto city and is an area where you can enjoy the natural scenery of Kyoto, especially Arashiyama.
The picture of Wataratsuki Bridge over the Katsura River and Arashiyama towering behind it is one of Kyoto's most representative landscapes.
A trolley train ride through nature, a fantastic bamboo forest path, and sightseeing in a rickshaw will surely bring back wonderful memories for everyone.

Main Spots

(1) Bamboo grove paths and rickshaws

Taking a walk through the fantastic scenery is one of the things to do in Kyoto.
Article on Arashiyama

(2) Sagano Trolley Train

A trolley train that you can enjoy while feeling the nature of Kyoto.
Sagano Trolley Traind's official site

(3) Kimono Forest

Poles with Kyo-yuzen patterns are illuminated at night.
Arashiyama station's official site

Rakuchu area, If you want to feel the life of Kyoto citizens.

Located in the center of Kyoto City, the "Rakuchu area" is an area where historical buildings and the lives of Kyoto citizens are intermingled.
It is the best area for sightseeing, with historical spots such as the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle, drinking areas such as Ponto-cho, Nishiki Market (the kitchen of Kyoto citizens), department stores, etc., all gathered in one area.
Please enjoy life in Kyoto to the fullest.

Main Spots

(1) Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is the kitchen of the common people, but it can also be enjoyed as a sightseeing spot.
Nishiki Martet's official site

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(2) Nijo Castle

World Heritage Site with beautiful wall paintings
Nijo Castle's official site

(3) Kyoto Takashimaya Department Store

It is fun to experience Japan's unique gourmet foods in the basement of a department store.
Kyoto Takashimaya Department Store

"Kinkakuji Area" if you want to feel the tradition of Kyoto quietly

The Kinkakuji area is located in the northwestern part of Kyoto City and is an area where you can feel the tradition of Kyoto quietly away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.
The exterior of Kinkakuji Temple is very beautiful and shows various faces depending on the season.
The stone garden of Ryoanji Temple is a representative of the Japanese wabi and sabi style.

Main Spots

(1) Kinkaku-ji Temple

An unforgettable appearance once you see it
Kinkaku-ji Temple's official site

(2) Ryoan-ji Temple

The stone garden symbolizes the Japanese mentality
Ryoan-ji Temple's official site

(3) Ninna-ji Temple

One of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto
Article on Ninna-ji Temple

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