This guide starts you out at Kiyomizu Temple, the most popular tourist destination in all of Kyoto. After enjoying all that the... more » Kiyomizu Temple grounds has to offer (which is quite a bit!) you are guided through the streets of the local neighborhood to enjoy shopping and the other local highlights. Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka are long, sloping cobblestone roads lined with souvenir shops, cafes, and sweet shops. Here you can find locally crafted goods, Japanese memorabilia, foods particular to Kyoto.
After shopping these roads, you will visit a few other famous temples and shrines within walking distance. First up, Kodai-ji, a temple famous for its main hall, unique tea houses, and impressive gardens. Finally, you hit a series of destinations that are somewhat linked together. Yasaka Shrine is serves as the entrance to the oldest park in Kyoto, Maruyama Park. A peaceful stroll through this stunning park full of different landscapes and gardens leads you to Chion-in Temple. Chion-in was the birthplace of the most popular branch of Buddhism in Japan, and contains the largest main gate of its kind in the country and the largest bell in the country (one of the largest working bells in the world).
This guide is both easy and fun, combining opportunities to see famous temples and shrines, stroll through ancient gardens and parks, and do some shopping. All of this can be done in a single afternoon, and is all within walking distance of one another. Take your time and enjoy everything this area of the city has to offer! less «