Honganji Temples

The Honganji temples, consisting of Nishi Honganji (west temple) and Higashi Honganji (east temple), are large Buddist complexes walking distance from Kyoto station.  Not as beautiful as Kinkaku-ji Temple or Ginkaku-ji Temple, but nice temples to have a walk around. Budget travel tips Save some money and see the city a bit by walking from Kyoto stationContinue reading “Honganji Temples”

Nishiki Market

An interesting downtown market near to Kyoto station.  Nishiki Market is known as a place to find Kyoto’s most famous fish, snacks and other various goods.  Budget travel tips Walk down the recommended route on the map below. Prices can be reasonable, but look around before purchasing as there is much on offer. How toContinue reading “Nishiki Market”

Arashiyama Bamboo Groves

Why pay to enter a garden when you can walk through some very Japanesy bamboo groves! The Arashiyama Bamboo Groves make a nice walk or cycle ride for people who want to experience the quiet, tranquil side of Japan. Top Tips The Arashiyama area in general makes for a nice scroll, after going through the bamboo groves.Continue reading “Arashiyama Bamboo Groves”

Philosopher’s Walk

A famous and historic Kyoto walk, from Ginkaku-ji Temple to Nanzen-ji.  A number of other smaller but interesting shrines are dotted along the path. Time: 30 minutes How to get there Start at either Ginkaku-ji Temple to Nanzen-ji, then take the route below from there. Map

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha is a rather unique shrine complex. Hundreds of red gates take you up a mountain, giving you a great view of Kyoto at the top. Budget travel tips Make sure you walk up and explore the hundreds of red gates going up the mountain. Take the bus if you have a busContinue reading “Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine”

Gion Geisha District

Want to see a geisha? Your best bet is to go to Gion. If you are lucky you will see one walking around gion. Even if you don’t get to see a geisha (also called geiko), Gion offers an interesting sightseeing area, full of old-style buildings, tea shops and restaurants. Budget travel tips Check outContinue reading “Gion Geisha District”

Yasaka Shrine

A large complex of well maintained, stunning shrines, pagodas and other Shinto monuments and buildings. Occasional festivals and events occur throughout the year. Budget travel tips Combine this with a walk around Gion. There are a few other shrines and a pagoda in this complex, so explore around it. How to get there From KyotoContinue reading “Yasaka Shrine”