Top 10 things to do in Higashiyama Area

  1. Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0862, Japan
    Kiyomizu-dera is a historic temple that is famous for its wooden stage that offers a stunning view of Kyoto city. The temple is also known for its sacred water that is believed to have therapeutic properties.
  2. Gion District

    Gion, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Japan
    Gion is a traditional district in Kyoto that is known for its geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha) culture. Visitors can stroll along the streets and spot geisha and maiko walking to their appointments.
  3. Fushimi Inari Shrine

    68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-0882, Japan
    Fushimi Inari Shrine is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates that lead up to Mount Inari. Visitors can hike up the mountain and enjoy the scenic views of Kyoto city.
  4. Yasaka Shrine

    625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073, Japan
    Yasaka Shrine is a popular shrine that is known for its annual Gion Festival, one of the biggest festivals in Japan. The shrine is also a great spot for cherry blossom viewing in the spring.
  5. Chion-in Temple

    400 Rinkacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-8686, Japan
    Chion-in Temple is a large temple that is famous for its massive sanmon gate and the largest temple bell in Japan. Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful gardens and architecture.
  6. Nanzen-ji Temple

    86 Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8435, Japan
    Nanzen-ji Temple is a historic temple that is known for its beautiful gardens, including the famous Tenjuan Garden and the Hojo Garden. Visitors can also enjoy the scenic aqueduct that runs through the temple grounds.
  7. Philosopher's Path

    Tetsugaku no michi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 606-8437, Japan
    The Philosopher's Path is a scenic walking trail that follows a canal and is lined with cherry trees. The trail is named after the philosopher Nishida Kitaro, who is said to have walked the path daily for meditation.
  8. Kodai-ji Temple

    526 Shimogawaracho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0825, Japan
    Kodai-ji Temple is a beautiful temple that is known for its stunning gardens and architecture. The temple also has a night illumination event during the autumn leaves season.
  9. Maruyama Park

    473 Maruyamacho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0071, Japan
    Maruyama Park is a popular park that is known for its cherry blossom trees and its iconic weeping cherry tree. The park also has a large pond and a tea house.
  10. Heian Shrine

    97 Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8341, Japan
    Heian Shrine is a large shrine that is dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Kammu and Emperor Komei. The shrine is known for its beautiful gardens and the annual Jidai Matsuri festival.