Introducing Central Kyoto
The area we refer to as Central Kyoto in this guide is not so much a distinct neighbourhood as it is a vast swath of the city that surrounds the better known sightseeing districts of Downtown Kyoto, the Kyoto Station Area, Southern Higashiyama and Northern Higashiyama. Central Kyoto runs from the hills that form the northern border of the city proper to the flat suburbs south of Kyoto Station. As such, it is not an area that one would attempt to explore in one day.
The best way to enjoy Central Kyoto is to choose one or two sights that are relatively close to each other and focus on them. You can often link sights in Central Kyoto up with sights in other nearby sightseeing districts, like Downtown Kyoto or the Southern Higashiyama area.
There are many possible routes that take advantage of the offerings here. For example, you could start in the southeast region of the area with a visit to Fushimi-Inari-Taisha and Tōfuku-ji, then head north into the Southern Higashiyama area. Or, you could visit the sights in the Northern Higashiyama Area, like Ginkaku-ji, and continue north to the lesser visited sights of Manshū-in and Shisendō.
Likewise, you might pay a visit to the walled-in Zen world of Daitoku-ji, with its wonderful subtemples, and then continue into Northwest Kyoto to visit the shining apparition of Kinkaku-ji – the famed Golden Pavilion.
Needless to say, because of its size, this area lends itself to being explored by bicycle.
Kyoto Full-Day Sightseeing Tour including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple
Experience the magic of Kyoto on a full-day sightseeing tour of Japan's cultural jewel. You'll visit Kyoto's most popular attractions by coach and enjoy a Japanese - western set lunch. Known as the cradle of Japan's cultural heritage, Kyoto was Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868.
Kyoto and Nara Day Trip from Kyoto including Nijo Castle
Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on a full-day tour from Kyoto. See all the highlights of Kyoto including visits to Nijo Castle and the Imperial Palace. Then travel to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nara and some of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan. Hand-feed the deer and see the Kasuga Shrine with more than 3,000 lanterns.