Local and sightseeing information

An invitation to early-morning sightseeing

A pre-breakfast walk to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and its row upon row of vermillion torii gates and
winding mountain paths is a luxury uniquely available at Urban Hotel Kyoto,
located only 15 minutes away on foot.

Explore Kyoto on foot

Kyoto offers fresh revelations at any time of year. Temples, shrines and other scenic spots provide delightful escapes from everyday life no matter how many times you visit.

Fushimi and Uji areas

Fushimi, home to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine famous for its rows of vermillion torii gates, is also a major center of sake production, which takes advantage of the excellent water available locally.
In addition to leisurely sake brewery tours, the townscape of Fushimi and its historical ambience can also be enjoyed from canal boats inspired by the river barges of olden times.
Another local must-see is Tofukuji Temple, which ranks among Kyoto's top three autumn foliage-sightseeing destinations.

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Tōfukuji Temple
Tōji Temple

Kawaramachi areas

Temples, shrines, shopping and dining, Kawaramachi has it all, and a day is not enough to fully explore what it has to offer!
Come July, the area hosts the Gion Festival, one of Kyoto's three major festivals, and the special ambience is enjoyable to visitors, too.
Its central location also makes Kawaramachi an ideal base for exploring other parts of Kyoto.

Nijo-jo Castle
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kitano Tenmangu

Saga and Arashiyama areas

Arashiyama is Kyoto's undisputed autumn foliage-sightseeing destination. The trees are illuminated at night, making evening visits a must as well.
Arashiyama's photogenic bamboo groves are ideal for kimono-clad strolls and rickshaw rides.
In addition to its local cuisine, Arashiyama also offers activities such as rides on the Sagano Romantic Train and the Hozugawa River Boat.

Kinkakuji Templ
Chikurin no Komichi
Togetsukyo Bridge

Gion and Higashiyama

The north-south Hanami-koji Street, perpendicular to Shijo-dori Street, is the main thoroughfare of the Gion area.
The paving stones of Hanami-koji are also picturesque in rainy weather, exuding an ambience unique to Kyoto.
Well-known visitor destinations such as Kiyomizudera Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Kodaiji Temple and Kenninji Temple show different faces each season of the year.

Yasaka Shrine
Kiyomizudera Temple
Ginkakuji Temple

Kamigamo and Kibune areas

Kibune is a popular summer destination because it is slightly cooler than the city center, and because of its atmosphere of spirituality and other-worldliness.
Kamigamo Shrine and Imamiya Shrine attract worshippers seeking spirituality and luck in romance. Both are served by buses, which stop directly in front of them.

Kamigamo Shrine
Shimogamo Shrine
Kibune Shrine
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