Central Kyoto Walking Tour, Kyoto

Central Kyoto Walking Tour, Kyoto

They say visiting Japan without seeing Kyoto is worthless, because a visit to Japan will never be complete without knowing Kyoto's treasures. A city of tradition, history, and culture, Kyoto has plenty of touristic spots to offer. The next walking tour takes you to the core of Kyoto and the main attractions of the city that are located in its central area. Enjoy!
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Central Kyoto Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Central Kyoto Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto (See other walking tours in Kyoto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.4 km
Author: emma
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Shimogamo Shrine

1) Shimogamo Shrine (must see)

The Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. It is one of the 17 monuments in old Kyoto that have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.

The Shimogamo Shrine dates back to the 6th Century and was originally constructed to protect the city of Kyoto. It is located within a forest called Tadasu no Mori or Forest of Truth. It is dedicated to the deities, Kamotaketsunumi-no-mikoto and his daughter Tamayorihime-no-mikoto and the God of fire and Thunder,...   view more
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Rozan-ji Temple

2) Rozan-ji Temple (must see)

The Rozan-ji Temple is located to the East of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto. It is built on a former mansion belonging to the father of the author of the epic Japanese novel, the Tale of Genji.

The Rozan-ji Temple was constructed in the year 938. Its location at the time of construction was on a mountain called Funaokayama. The Buddhist priest Ganzan Diashi designed and built the temple. In 1571, many of the temples in Kyoto were burned by the warlord Oba Nobunaga. The Rozan-ji escaped...   view more
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Sento Imperial Palace

3) Sento Imperial Palace

The Sento Imperial Palace was once the residence of retired Emperors. Today, one can visit the garden surrounding the palace and some structures within after seeking permission from the Imperial Household Agency.

The Sento Imperial Palace was constructed in 1630 as the retirement residence of Emperor Go-Mizunoo. The nearby Omiya Palace was also built in the same year as the residence of the Empress Dowager. It became the residence of subsequent emperors after their retirement. Both palaces...   view more
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Kyoto Imperial Palace

4) Kyoto Imperial Palace (must see)

The Kyoto Imperial Palace was the former residence of the Emperors of Japan until the Capital of the country was shifted to Tokyo. It was also the venue where the enthronement of the Emperors of Japan took place until recently.

The present Kyoto Imperial Palace was built in 1855. It was constructed after a devastating fire destroyed a previous structure completely. Its design resembles the palaces of the Heian period in Kyoto. The buildings in the palace complex include the Dairi or Imperial...   view more
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Nijo Castle

5) Nijo Castle (must see)

The magnificent Nijo Castle was the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It is one of the few palaces of Kyoto where visitors are allowed to view the interiors.

The Nijo Castle was built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. It was later enlarged by his descendant Tokugawa Iemitsu. He added a five floored tower called the Honmaru that was later destroyed by a fire. It was also the site where the last Tokugawa Shogun, Yoshinobu restored power to the Emperor in 1867. The Castle was opened to the...   view more
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International Manga Museum

6) International Manga Museum

Manga is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. The International Manga Museum is dedicated to the preservation of comics, cartoons and animation.

The Museum was established by the Kyoto Seika University in collaboration with the City of Kyoto. It is housed in the former Tatsuike Elementary School; the buildings and land were donated by the City and it is managed by the University. A joint committee consisting of University officials and members of the City Government oversee its...   view more
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Kyoto International Manga Museum Shop

7) Kyoto International Manga Museum Shop

What to buy here: Manga is the Japanese word for comics and print cartoons. In the West the term manga refers to Japanese comics created by Japanese artists in the Japanese language according to the style developped in the late 19th century. Modern manga appeared shortly after World War II and has been increasingly popular both in Japan and the rest of the world. Manga include a broad range of genres from historical dramas to business and commerce. There are millions of manga fans all over the...   view more
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Teramachi Shopping Arcade

8) Teramachi Shopping Arcade

The Teramachi Shopping Arcade in Kyoto is located on the historic Teramachi Street. It extends from Shijo Street to Sanjo Street.

Teramachi Street literally means temple town. This is because a large number of temples were moved here in the 16th century when Toyotomi Hideyoshi remodeled the city of Kyoto. The Shimogyroyo Shrine and Gyoganji Temple are located at one end of the street near the arcade and the Honnonji Temple, the Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine and Yatadera Temple lie to the east of...   view more
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TIME'S Building

9) TIME'S Building

One of the most famous structures designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando is the TIME'S Building. Placed along a canal, this building is created to perfectly fit within the natural scenery of the preserved Pontocho area. There is a cafe established at the edge of the building, right above the canal, where visitors can enjoy a drink and get to experience the structure's close relationship with...   view more
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Pontocho Area

10) Pontocho Area (must see)

The Pontocho Area in Kyoto is home to many traditional Geisha houses and tea houses. It is a long dark and narrow cobbled street between the Shijo Dori and Sanjo Dori.

The Pontocho Area was a Geisha entertainment area from the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate. It is known as the birthplace of kabuki and the first exponent of the art was a Meiko called Okuni. Her statue is located on the opposite side of River Kamo and is visible from the street. Geisha houses have existed in the area from the...   view more
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Heian Shrine

11) Heian Shrine (must see)

The Heian Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Kammu and Emperor Komei who were the first and last emperors respectively to rule Japan from Kyoto. It was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the foundation of the city.

As a result of the Meiji restoration, the capital of Japan was shifted to Tokyo and Kyoto ceased to be the seat of the Emperor. Throughout its history, the shrine was damaged by fires several times, the most recent being that of 1976 and has undergone several...   view more

Walking Tours in Kyoto, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Kyoto

Create Your Own Walk in Kyoto

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kyoto is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Walking Tour in Shimogyo Ward

Walking Tour in Shimogyo Ward

The ancient capital Kyoto embraces several aspects of Japanese culture, being packed with shrines, temples, museums and other interesting spots. Each ward of this city boasts its own cultural heritage, as does the Shimogyo area, located right in the heart of Kyoto. Discover Shimogyo's most popular attractions in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Higashiyama Area Walking Tour

Higashiyama Area Walking Tour

Kyoto is a city made for tourists, especially the ones with love for history, interest in religion and, of course, Japanese culture. Many of Kyoto's attractions are located in the eastern part of the city, which, in turn, is split into wards. One of them is the Higashiyama Ward, home to several famous temples of Kyoto, as well as the popular Gion geisha district. To find out more about Higashiyama, take this walking tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Kyoto without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Kyoto, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.3 km
Kita-ku Temples and Shrines Tour

Kita-ku Temples and Shrines Tour

Kita-ku is one of Kyoto's wards, located in the northern part of the city. Kita Ward contains some spectacular religious sites, such as the famous Golden Pavilion and the ancient Daitoku-ji Temple, as well as a museum dedicated to world peace. Find them all selected and described in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

It would be a pity to leave Kyoto without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Kyoto, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km
Philosopher's Path Area Walk

Philosopher's Path Area Walk

Tetsugaku no Michi, or Philosopher's Walk, is a well-known route in Kyoto which starts at the famous Ginkaku-ji Temple and heads south to the Nanzen-ji Temple. It follows a stone path by a cherry-tree-lined canal that was once walked daily by Nishida Kitaro, a famous philosopher and professor at Kyoto University. The Philosopher's Walk passes by some major shrines and other places of interest of Kyoto making up this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

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