Must-see attractions in Northern Higashiyama

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    Eikan-dō

    Northern Higashiyama

    Perhaps Kyoto’s most famous (and most crowded) autumn-foliage destination, Eikan-dō is a superb temple just a short walk south of the famous Path of…

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    Ginkaku-ji

    Northern Higashiyama

    Home to a sumptuous garden and elegant structures, Ginkaku-ji is one of Kyoto's premier sites. The temple started its life in 1482 as a retirement villa…

  • Leaping Tiger Garden at Nanzen-ji Temple.

    Nanzen-ji

    Northern Higashiyama

    This is one of the most rewarding temples in Kyoto, with its expansive grounds and numerous subtemples. At its entrance stands the massive San-mon. Steps…

  • Path of Philosophy (Tetsugaku-no-Michi)

    Northern Higashiyama

    The Tetsugaku-no-Michi is one of the most pleasant walks in Kyoto. Lined with a great variety of flowering plants, bushes and trees, it is a corridor of…

  • Thatched gate at Kyoto's Honen-in Temple

    Hōnen-in

    Northern Higashiyama

    Founded in 1680 to honour the priest Hōnen, this is a lovely, secluded temple with carefully raked gardens set back in the woods. The temple buildings…

  • Heian-jingū

    Northern Higashiyama

    One of Kyoto’s more popular sights, this shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the city. The shrine buildings…

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    Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art

    Northern Higashiyama

    This fine museum holds several major exhibitions a year, as well as a variety of free shows. It’s always worth stopping by to see if something is on while…

  • Shūgaku-in Rikyū Imperial Villa

    Northern Higashiyama

    One of the highlights of northeast Kyoto, this superb imperial villa was designed as a lavish summer retreat for the imperial family. Its gardens, with…

  • Shisen-dō

    Northern Higashiyama

    A highlight of the far northern Higashiyama area, Shisen-dō (House of Poet-Hermits) was built in 1641 by Ishikawa Jōzan, a scholar of Chinese classics and…

  • Nanzen-ji Oku-no-in

    Northern Higashiyama

    Perhaps the best part of Nanzen-ji is overlooked by most visitors: Nanzen-ji Oku-no-in, a small shrine hidden in a forested hollow behind the main…

  • Enkō-ji

    Northern Higashiyama

    It might be best known for its autumn maple leaves, but this small temple is well worth a visit any time of the year. It has two stunning gardens – the…

  • Okazaki-kōen Area

    Northern Higashiyama

    Okazaki-kōen is an expanse of parks and canals that lies between Niōmon-dōri and Heian-jingū. Two of Kyoto’s significant museums can be found here – the…

  • National Museum of Modern Art

    Northern Higashiyama

    This museum is renowned for its Japanese ceramics and paintings. There is an outstanding permanent collection, which includes many pottery pieces by Kawai…

  • Konchi-in

    Northern Higashiyama

    Just southwest of the main precincts of Nanzen-ji, this fine subtemple has a wonderful garden designed by Kobori Enshū, known as the Crane and Tortoise…

  • Tenju-an

    Northern Higashiyama

    A subtemple of Nanzen-ji, Tenju-an is located on the south side of San-mon, the main gate of Nanzen-ji. Constructed in 1337, Tenju-an has a splendid…

  • Manshu-in

    Northern Higashiyama

    The charmingly intimate temple of Manshu-in, which served as a retreat for former emperors, is a great place to escape the crowds that descend on other…

  • Murin-an

    Northern Higashiyama

    Often overlooked by the hordes that descend on the Higashiyama area, this elegant villa was the home of prominent statesman Yamagata Aritomo (1838–1922)…

  • Nomura Museum

    Northern Higashiyama

    This museum is a 10-minute walk north of Nanzen-ji. Exhibits include scrolls, paintings, implements used in tea ceremonies and ceramics that were…

  • Reikan-ji

    Northern Higashiyama

    Only open to the public in spring and autumn, Reikan-ji is one of Kyoto’s great lesser-visited attractions. During the spring opening, you will find the…

  • Nanzen-in

    Northern Higashiyama

    This subtemple of Nanzen-ji is up the steps after you pass under the aqueduct. It has an attractive garden designed around a heart-shaped pond. This…

  • Kurodani Pagoda

    Northern Higashiyama

    This pagoda, which stands above the temple of Kurodani, offers one of the best views over the city. You cannot enter the pagoda itself, but you can climb…

  • Munetada-jinja

    Northern Higashiyama

    Tucked away in the Northern Higashiyama district, this is a secret shrine established in 1862. It's not an essential stop but can be paired with a visit…

  • Okazaki-jinja

    Northern Higashiyama

    Okazaki-jinja is a quaint local shrine located at the far eastern end of Marutamachi-dōri. The rabbit is the spirit animal here and people come to this…

  • Kurodani Temple

    Northern Higashiyama

    Also known as Konkai Kōmyō-ji, this temple in the Northern Higashiyama district is a favourite of locals for morning and evening strolls. It's got some…

  • Yoshida-jinja

    Northern Higashiyama

    Yoshida-jinja is the largest shrine on Yoshida-yama, the small mountain that rises just east of Kyoto University. It's most famous for the fire festival…

  • Shinnyo-dō

    Northern Higashiyama

    This temple in a residential area of Northern Higashiyama is a locals-only favourite for quiet contemplation. It's a great spot to see the autumn leaves.

  • Takenaka Inari-sha

    Northern Higashiyama

    A tiny shrine atop Yoshida-yama, Takenaka Inari-sha in Northern Higashiyama is popular with walkers.