Introducing Northwest Kyoto
In this guide, Northwest Kyoto comprises the section of the city that runs from Kyoto’s main castle, Nijō-jō, all the way to the base of the mountains in the northwest corner of the city, where you will find Kinkaku-ji, Ryōan-ji and Ninna-ji. Like the Central Kyoto area, the sights here are quite spread out and you shouldn’t try to cover them all in one day. Rather, pick a few that are clustered close together and visit them in half a day, then consider spending the rest of the day in an adjoining sightseeing district.
Many people visit Kinkaku-ji and Ryōan-ji in the morning, then continue by taxi down to the Arashiyama and Sagano area, which is also on the west side of the city.
With the exception of sights in the inner part of this district (like Nijō-jō, which is on the Tōzai subway line), it’s a bit time consuming to see the sights in Northwest Kyoto. Most sights are best accessed by city bus. Myōshin-ji and nearby sights are also served by the JR line and by the private Randen line. If you’re a keen cyclist, you can also explore the area on a bicycle, but keep in mind that there are some hills around Kinkaku-ji and Ryōan-ji, so you’ll work up quite a sweat in summer months.
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.