This colourful and spacious shrine is considered the guardian shrine of the Gion entertainment district. It's a bustling, colourful...
This is one of the largest Buddhist graveyards in Kyoto. It's an atmospheric (if spooky) place for a walk.
This is a small teahouse near Gion where you can experience the Japanese tea ceremony with a minimum of fuss or expense. English...
Kyoto Cuisine & Maiko Evening
If you want to witness geisha perform and then actually speak with them, one of the best opportunities is at Gion Hatanaka, a Gion...
This casual little Japanese-style tearoom on Nene-no-Michi in the heart of the Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district is well placed...
Maruyama-chō, Higashiyama-ku · interesting places nearby
Maruyama-kōen is a favourite of locals and visitors alike. This park is the place to come to escape the bustle of the city centre and amble around gardens, ponds, souvenir shops and restaurants. Peaceful paths meander through the trees and carp glide through the waters of a small pond in the park’s centre.
For two weeks in early April, when the park’s cherry trees come into bloom, the calm atmosphere is shattered by hordes of drunken revellers having hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) parties under the trees. The centrepiece is a massive shidare-zakura cherry tree; this is one of the most beautiful sights in Kyoto, particularly when lit up from below at night. For those who don’t mind crowds, this is a good place to observe the Japanese at their most uninhibited. Arrive early and claim a good spot high on the east side of the park, from where you can peer down on the mayhem below.