Higashiyama Area Walking Tour, Kyoto, Kyoto

Higashiyama Area Walking Tour, Kyoto, Kyoto
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This self-guided walking tour is included in the iOS app "Kyoto Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store and the Android app "Kyoto Map and Walks" on Google Play.
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Kyoto is a city made for tourists, especially for those who love history, religions of the world and, of course, Japanese culture. Many of its tourist attractions are located in the eastern part of the city, which is divided into wards. One of them is Higashiyama Ward and it features several famous temples of Kyoto, as well as the popular Gion geisha district. Find out more about this area of Kyoto in the next walking tour.

Higashiyama Area Walking Tour, Kyoto - Route Map

Guide Name: Higashiyama Area Walking Tour, Kyoto
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 km
Author: emma
Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

1) Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

The Kyoto Municipal Museum of art was established to commemorate the coronation of the Showa Emperor in 1928. It is the second largest public art museum in Japan.

The Kyoto Municipal Museum was opened to the public in 1933. It was first called the Showa Imperial Coronation Art Museum of Japan or the Kyoto Enthronement Memorial Museum of Art. It was housed in a European style brick building with Palace like proportions. After the Second World War, the occupation forces took over the building...   view more
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Shoren-in

2) Shoren-in

The Shoren-in Temple is managed by the Tendai sect of Buddhism. It is a beautiful and tranquil temple amidst green surroundings at the foot of the Higashiyama Mountains near Kyoto. It is one of the Monzeki temples in the city where the head priest was a member of the Imperial Family.

The Shoren-in Temple was built by the retired Emperor Toba for Gyogen, the head priest of the Enryaku-ji Temple and his seventh son who was Gyogen’s student. Until the Meiji era only members of the imperial...   view more
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Chion-in Temple

3) Chion-in Temple (must see)

The Chion-in temple is one of the most important sacred sites in Japan. It is the main temple of the Jodo-Shu or Pure Land sect of Buddhism.

The Chion-in Temple was built in 1234 by a Buddhist monk named Genchi. He was a disciple of the founder of the Pure Land sect, Honen. It was built on the location where Honen preached his philosophy to the common people and where he fasted unto death in 1212. The Jodo-Shu teachings became the most widely accepted Buddhist teachings in Japan. The...   view more
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Gion District

4) Gion District

The Gion District in Kyoto is the location where the traditional Japanese entertainers called the Geisha and their apprentices called Maikos reside and entertain businessmen. The Kyoto word for Geisha is Geiko which means Women of Art.

The Gion District is located around Shijo Avenue in Kyoto between the Yasaka Shrine and the Kamo River. All the buildings that flank the streets are built in traditional Japanese style and are called Machiyas or Town Houses. Inside these are shops, restaurants...   view more
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Yasaka Shrine

5) Yasaka Shrine (must see)

The Yasaka Shrine is a Shinto temple located in the Gion District of Kyoto. It is the venue of the Gion Matsuri Summer festival celebrated in July.

The Yasaka Shrine was built in 656 AD and was dedicated to the God of prosperity, Susanoo-no-mikoto, his wife and 8 children. In 869, portable shrines called the Omikoshi were paraded through the streets of Kyoto as an appeal to the deity for relief from a deadly epidemic that ravaged the city. It has become an annual event in Kyoto. The present...   view more
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Kodai-ji Temple

6) Kodai-ji Temple (must see)

The Kodai-ji Temple was built in 1606 in memory of the spirit of the Samurai warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi by his grieving widow Nene. It is famous for the Maki-e paintings that cover the walls of the Spirit Hall.

The Kodai-ji temple was built using funds donated by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa Shogun who was a vassal of the Samurai warlord Hideyoshi Toyotomi. Nene the wife of Hideyoshi became a Buddhist nun after the death of her husband. The temple complex suffered damage by fire in...   view more
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

7) Kiyomizu-dera Temple (must see)

The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is an independent Buddhist temple in Kyoto associated with the Hosso sect of Buddhism. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

The Kiyomizu-dera Temple was built in 778 by the Buddhist monk Enchin in honor of the Bodhisattva of mercy and compassion, Kannon Bosatsu. The present building commissioned by the shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu dates back to 1633. Kiyomizu-dera means temple of the Pure Water and gets its name from its location near the Otowa Waterfall....   view more
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Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Gallery

8) Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Gallery

The Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Gallery is a repository of Japanese folk art. The former home of renowned potter and folk art promoter Kawai Kanjiro houses this unique museum that displays his work.

The well known Japanese potter, Kawai Kanjiro (1890 to 1966) lived and worked in the building that now houses a museum in his honor. He was one of the leaders of the Mingei or Folk Art Movement that sought to preserve traditional Japanese crafts that were disappearing with the advent of the industrial...   view more
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Kyoto National Museum

9) Kyoto National Museum (must see)

The Kyoto National Museum is dedicated to displaying pre-modern Japanese arts and crafts. It is one of the three museums in Japan that is owned and maintained by the Imperial Family.

The Kyoto National Museum is housed in a building designed by architect Katayama Tokuma. It was opened for public viewing in 1897. A new building with display halls, designed by Morita Keiichi was added to the existing facility in 1966. The Museum has over 12,000 objects of which 6000 are on display. More than...   view more
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Sanjusangen-do

10) Sanjusangen-do (must see)

The Sanjusangen-do is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto dedicated to the Bodhisattva Sahasrabhuja-arya-avalokiteśvara or the thousand armed Kannon. The 100 meter long structure is the longest wooden building in Japan.

The Sanjusangen-do temple was built under the orders of Emperor Go-Shirakawa before he retired to lead a religious life in 1164. It is managed by the Tendai sect of Buddhism. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1249 and the present structure was built in 1266. Archery contests...   view more
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Kyoto Tower

11) Kyoto Tower (must see)

The Kyoto Tower is a modern architectural attraction in a city known for its historical and cultural sites. On a clear day one can get spectacular views of the city from the observation deck and can see as far as Osaka.

The Kyoto Tower was designed by Makato Tanahashi, a doctor of engineering from Kyoto University. It is one of the finest examples of Monocoque (structural skin) architecture in the world. The thin outer shell supports the weight of the tower. The main structure consists of...   view more
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