Walking Tour in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto

Walking Tour in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Kyoto Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Kyoto Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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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.

Walking Tour in Shimogyo Ward Map

Guide Name: Walking Tour in Shimogyo Ward
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto (See other walking tours in Kyoto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Author: emma
Kyoto Tower

1) 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
Higashi Hongan-ji Temple

2) Higashi Hongan-ji Temple

The Higashi Hongan-ji Temple is managed by the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism and is dedicated to their founder, Shinran Shonin. It is an active temple in the heart of Kyoto and is always full of worshippers and visitors.

The Higashi Hongan-ji Temple was founded by the Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu and built in 1602. The original buildings were destroyed by repeated fires and the present structure dates back to 1859. After the Meiji Restoration, a religious organization called the Shinshū Otani...   view more
Shosei-en Garden

3) Shosei-en Garden

The Shosei-en Garden is a beautifully landscaped park near the Higashi Hongan ji Temple in Kyoto. Spectacular views of the Higashiyama Mountains add to the beauty of the garden.

The Shosei-en Garden belongs to the Higashi Hongan ji Temple. It was landscaped by Ishikawa Jozan and Kobori Enshu during the Edo period. The Pond within the garden formed part of the estate in Haien of Prince Minamoto no Toru, the younger son of the Emperor Saga called the Rokujo Kawara-in mansion. The land was...   view more
The Costume Museum

4) The Costume Museum

This Museum is dedicated to the different costumes worn by the nobility of Kyoto from the pre-Nara Era to the Meiji restoration. It is a popular destination for visitors of all ages in the city.

The Costume Museum in Kyoto was first opened for public viewing in 1974. It relocated to Spring Palace of the Rokujyo-in in 1998.

The Costume Museum has doll sized replicas of costumes reflecting a specific period in the history of Kyoto. Exhibitions change two times in a year. The costumes of...   view more
Nishi Hongan-ji

5) Nishi Hongan-ji

The Nishi Hongan-ji temple is the headquarters of the Jodo Shinshu Sect of Buddhism. The temple is one of the largest places of worship in Japan and was registered on the World Heritage List by the UNESCO in 1994.

The Nishi Hongan-ji temple was built in 1591 by the Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu. The Hongan ji branch of the Jodo Shinshu School that manages the temple has 10,000 sub temples across Japan and over twelve million followers across the world. The Nishi Hongan-ji temple has several...   view more
Sumiya Motenashi Museum of Art and Culture

6) Sumiya Motenashi Museum of Art and Culture

The Sumiya Motenashi Museum of Art and Culture is housed in one of the last surviving examples of an Ageya in Kyoto. It was designated as an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese Government in 1952.

The Ageya that houses the Sumiya Motenashi Museum of Art and Culture was once an elegant restaurant where private banquets and dinner parties were held. It was here that the traditional Japanese entertainers called Geikos performed tea ceremonies, sang and danced for the diners. They lived...   view more
Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum

7) Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum

The Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum in Kyoto was established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of railway transport in Japan. The exhibitions are designed to give a better understanding of the history and culture of railways in Japan.

The Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum was opened in 1972 as a celebration of 100 years of the Railways in Japan by Japan National Railways also called JNR. When JNR split into many regional companies the museum became the property of the West Japan Railway...   view more


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