Gion is the famous entertainment and geisha quarter on the eastern bank of the Kamo-gawa. While Gion’s true origins were in teahouses...
This is one of the largest Buddhist graveyards in Kyoto. It's an atmospheric (if spooky) place for a walk.
Camellia Tea Experience
Camellia is a superb place to try a simple Japanese tea ceremony. It's located in a beautiful old Japanese house just off Ninen-zaka,...
Bar Main Higashiyama
This slick and elegant bar in the Garden Oriental complex, right in the heart of the Southern Higashiyama sightseeing district, is a...
This is one of Kyoto's true culinary temples, serving some of the finest kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine) in the city. Located in a...
526 Shimokawara-chō, Kōdai-ji, Higashiyama-ku · interesting places nearby
This exquisite temple was founded in 1605 by Kita-no-Mandokoro in memory of her late husband, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The extensive grounds include gardens designed by the famed landscape architect Kobori Enshū, and tea houses designed by the renowned master of the tea ceremony, Sen no Rikyū.
The temple holds three annual special night-time illuminations, when the gardens are lit by multicoloured spotlights. The illuminations are held from mid-March to early May, 1 to 18 August and late October to early December.