This small shrine honors Ebisu, the god of prosperity. Naturally, it's a popular spot with local businesspeople.
If you ever wondered how you might look as a geisha, try this maiko-henshin (geisha transformation) shop in Gion. If you don't mind...
This interesting little Shintō shrine on the edge of Gion contains one of the most peculiar objects we've encountered anywhere in Japan:...
Put on by the Miyagawa-chō geisha district, this wonderful geisha dance is among the most picturesque performances of the Kyoto year....
Take an old Kyoto house, renovate it to make it comfortable for modern diners, serve reasonably priced and excellent kaiseki and you...
584 Komatsu-chō, Yamatoōji-dōri, Shijo-sagaru, Higashiyama-ku · interesting places nearby
Founded in 1202 by the monk Eisai, Kennin-ji is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. It is an island of peace and calm on the border of the boisterous Gion nightlife district and it makes a fine counterpoint to the worldly pleasures of that area. The highlight at Kennin-ji is the fine and expansive karesansui (dry-landscape rock garden). The painting of the twin dragons on the roof of the Hōdō hall is also fantastic.
Access to the Hōdō is via two gates with rather puzzling English operating instructions (you’ll see what we mean).