Neighborhood in Kyoto:

Higashiyama

About Higashiyama

Higashiyama is a cultural hotspot. It is located at the western foot of Higashiyama Peak in Kyoto City. It includes bustling streets such as Gion but also has many quiet temples including Kiyomizu-ji Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Kenninji and Chishakuin Temple. The Kyoto National Museum is also located in this area. Due to the historical monuments in the area, the government has protected the Higashiyama district. Subsequently, it is also the city with the least pollution in Kyoto. In mid-March every year, the "Tungshan Lanterns Road" activity is held. There are more than 2,500 lights and paper lanterns from Violet Courtyard to Maruyama Park and Yasaka Shrine. In spring, you can go to Maruyama Park to admire the beauty of the sakura. In late autumn, you can go to the stage in Kiyomizu Temple to enjoy night maple. There are a lot of kimono rental shops, where you may put on a kimono. You can wear your kimono and take a walk along a peaceful stone path. Listen to the clog steps on the stone, visit the ceramic shops and enjoy a quaint and elegant time in Kyoto.

Sights in Higashiyama

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

The Kiyomizu temple harks back 1,200 years since its foundation and gets its name, meaning “pure water temple”, from the pure waters of the waterfall. It is loc

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Sanjusangendo Temple

Sanjusangendo is the popular name for Rengeo-in, a temple in eastern Kyoto which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The temple was

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Yasaka Jinja Shrine

Founded over 1350 years ago, this shrine is one of the most famous in Kyoto. Located between the districts of Gion and Higashiyama, it is a popular tourist dest

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Tofuku-ji Temple

This temple is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. The location is well known for the autumn leaves.

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Shoren-in Temple

Located at the base of Kyoto's Higashiyama mountains, Shoren-in is a temple of the Tendai sect of Japanese Buddhism.

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Nanzen-ji Temple

Nanzen-ji is a Buddhist temple located close to Keage Station on the Tozai line.

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Kennin-ji Temple

Kennin-ji Temple is Kyoto's oldest Zen temple. Open to the public, it is nearby to the Gion district and is considered one of the so-called "five most important

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Kodai-ji Temple

Kodaiji Temple is set amidst beautiful landscaped gardens, with tea houses and a museum.

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Chisyakuin

Chishakuin is the head temple of the Chisan School of the Shingon sect of Buddhisum and approx. 3,000 temples belong to Chisan School in Japan.

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Ninenzaka·Sannenzaka

Leading towards Kiyomizudera Temple are a couple of charming stone paved paths up the hill that pilgrims used to use in the past called Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka

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Tenjuan Garden

Tenjuan Garden, in the Nanzenji area of Kyoto has a scenic view of waterfalls, a pond and zen architecture.

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Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum

This museum houses exhibitions of traditional crafts such as metalwork objects, wood and ivory carvings.

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Otanihonmyo

Located close to the well-known Kiyomizu Temple, this temple was founded by the Buddhist Jodo Shinshu sect and features a graveyard of more than 15,000 tombston

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Ryozen Museum of History

Opened in 1970, this museum is dedicated to the history of the Meiji Restoration. It provides a comprehensive overview of the era, highlighting key figures and

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Gojouzaka

Leading towards Kiyomizu Temple, this road is known for pottery. The road is lined with many pottery shops selling dining ware and other sorts of pottery for a

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Hokan-ji Temple Yasaka Pagoda

Yasaka Pagoda is a five-storey tower located in Hokan-ji Temple.

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Arabica

Coffee shop hear Higashiyama area. Open daily.

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Myoho-in Temple

Said to have been built in the Heian era (794-1185), in this area, this temple is well known for its gardens and traditional paintings found in and around the t

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Entoku-in Temple

Entoku-in is a temple set amidst a pretty garden and also houses beautiful art.

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Kodaiji-sho Museum

Kodaiji-sho is an interesting museum (attached to the temple) that holds a wide range of beautiful items such as lacquer-ware and paintings.

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Kodaiji Hashiba

Kodaiji Hashiba is a traditional tofu restaurant in Kyoto and is owned by the Kodai-ji Temple.

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Tousuiro (Gion)

Many customers visit there to feel the taste of 1200-year-old-city Kyoto.Tousuiro’s speciality is homemade tofu. All dishes, even the final dessert course, inc

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Gallery Shirakawa

Gallery Shirakawa displays artworks by famous artists from all over the world.

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Motonago

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this charming ryokan is nestled within a quiet area of the old capital.