Southern Higashiyama

Southern Higashiyama, at the base of Higashiyama (Eastern Mountains), is Kyoto’s richest area for sightseeing. Thick with temples, shrines, museums and traditional shops, it’s great to explore on foot, with some pedestrian-only walkways plus parks and expansive temple grounds. It’s also home to the Gion entertainment district and some of the city’s finest ryokan.

Explore Southern Higashiyama

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Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Southern Higashiyama.