For those travelling to Kyoto for the first time

Central Kyoto

Kyoto, which has been cultivated by over a thousand years of history, is one of the most major sightseeing cities in Japan. It takes only 30 minutes by train to travel from Osaka to Kyoto. You can see all the popular Kyoto spots including the world heritage temples.

Day 1

Osaka -- <JR 30 mins. > -- Kyoto -- <25 mins. by bus> -- [Nijo Castle] -- <30 mins. by bus> -- [Kinkaku-ji Temple] -- <35 mins. by bus> -- Gion Shijo -- <by walk> -- [Yasaka-jinja Shrine][Maruyama Park][Chion-in Temple][Ninenzaka Slope][Sannenzaka Slope][Yasaka Pagoda][Kiyomizu-dera Temple] -- Kiyomizumichi -- <20 mins. by bus> -- [Shijo Kawaramachi] -- <8 mins. by walk> -- [Nishiki-koji Street] -- <8 mins. by walk> -- Shijo Kawaramachi -- <Hankyu Railway 45 mins.> -- Umeda

Nijo Castle

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Go to another world heritage site, the Kinkaku-ji Temple. Be sure not to miss the incredible gardens and beautiful shape of the temple reflected in the pond. Souvenirs are also available inside.

Yasaka-jinja Shrine

Enjoy areas of green verdure such as the Maruyama Park and head to the nearby Yasaka-jinja Shrine. Yasaka-jinja Shrine is a very old shrine that is said to have been built in 656, and is affectionately referred to as “Gion-san” by the local people. This shrine becomes a hub of activity during the Gion Festival.

Chion-in Temple

Walk through Maruyama Park and visit the Chion-in Temple. There is plenty to see in this temple including one of the largest temple gates in the world, as well as gardens and a bell.


Then, walk up the Ninen-zaka slope and the Sannen-zaka slope while enjoying the view of the Yasaka-no-to pagoda.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Tour the Kiyomizu-dera Temple world heritage site. The view from the main hall built on the cliffs is exquisite.


The most popular entertainment district in Kyoto. There are many first-class department stores in Kawara-machi town.

Nishiki-koji Street

A walk down Nishiki-koji Street, known as the kitchen of Kyoto, 400m shopping street where there are many shops specializing in foodstuff, or Shinkyogoku Street where many souvenir shops stand side by side, is also recommended.

Kyoto Cuisine