Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is built for the worship of the Inari Okami (the god of agriculture and commerce), and is also the head of the Inari Shrines, which is home to more than 40,000 sub-shrines all over Japan. Located in the southeast of Kyoto, the famous Senbon Torii (1,000 torii gates) is here. Visitors can get off at Inari Station on the JR Nishi Nara Line or Fushimi Inari Station on the Keihan Electric Railway. More attractions in Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Senbon Torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto
Senbon Torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto

Gion

At Shijo-dori (an east-west direction road) section between Kamogawa River and Yasaka Shrines, there is a Gion shopping area along the route. There are many traditional souvenir stores. To the north, you can go to Shinbashi-dori near the Gion Shirakawa. The Shirakawa coast is selected as an important traditional building group protection area. To the south is the Kyoto historical landscape preservation area. It is the starting point of our recommended Strolling route around Kyoto’s most famous and popular sightseeing district. Gion is a famous geisha district in Kyoto.

Yasaka Shrine

It used to be called the Gion Shrine. In 869, the mikoshi (divine palanquin) of Gion Shrine were paraded through the streets of Kyoto to ward off an epidemic that had hit the city and later evolved into a Gion Festival every year. Today, this is a world-famous Festival.

The Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto's Higashiyama District
The Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto's Higashiyama District

The east of the Yasaka Shrine is the famous Maruyama Park, which is designated by the Japanese government as the nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty.

Ishizuchi Alley

The Ishizuchi Alley can be accessed from the Nene-no-Michi next to the Kodai-ji Temple. The small alley is paved with stone bricks and carries the style of the ancient capital. Movies are often filmed here. At night, when the lanterns on both sides of the road are lit, the dim light makes the alley turn back to the old days.

Yasaka-no-tou Pagoda and Hokanji Temple

Built in the Japanese Asuka period, the Yasaka-no-tou Pagoda is also known as the Five-story Pagoda. It is a landscape symbol of Kyoto's Higashiyama District and an important national cultural asset designated by Japan. Looking down at the Yasaka-no-tou Pagoda from the uphill section of Yasaka Dori, it is an excellent photographic background, and many tourists have taken photos here.

Looking down at the Yasaka-no-tou Pagoda from the uphill section of Yasaka Dori
Looking down at the Yasaka-no-tou Pagoda from the uphill section of Yasaka Dori