This colourful and spacious shrine is down the hill from Maruyama-kōen. It’s considered the guardian shrine of Gion. The present...
This is a small tea house near Gion where you can experience the Japanese tea ceremony with a minimum of fuss or expense. English...
This temple was founded in 1605 by Kita-no-Mandokoro in memory of her late husband, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The extensive grounds include...
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...
If you need a quick meal while in the main Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district, this simple noodle and rice restaurant is a good...
Maruyama-chō · 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.