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.
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
A castle built on a flat plain by Ieyasu Tokugawa, who founded the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603, as the family residence in Kyoto. The gorgeous structure of the Ninomaru Palace and wall paintings are must-see sights. The garden has over two hundred cherry trees, which are beautifully lit during the cherry blossom season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, which had been the center of Japanese culture for many years, also has a rich food tradition. Try some of the foods of Kyoto such as tea-ceremony dishes that skillfully incorporate the features of the different seasons, boiled tofu, which has a history of four hundred years, and famous Kyoto sweets. Kyoto also has many unique types of vegetables.