Attractions

Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

With seemingly endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates) spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this vast shrine complex is a world unto its own. It is, quite simply, one of the most impressive and memorab…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Tōfuku-ji

Home to a spectacular garden, several superb structures and beautiful precincts, Tōfuku-ji is one of the best temples in Kyoto. It's well worth a visit and can easily be paired with a trip to Fushimi Inari-Taisha (t…
Notable Building in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Kyoto Station

The Kyoto Station building is a striking steel-and-glass structure – a kind of futuristic cathedral for the transport age – with a tremendous space that arches above you as you enter the main concourse. Be sure to t…
Buddhist Temple in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Tō-ji

One of the sights south of Kyoto Station, Tō-ji is an appealing complex of halls and a fantastic pagoda that makes a fine backdrop for the monthly flea market held on the grounds. The temple was established in 794 b…
Buddhist Temple in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Nishi Hongan-ji

A vast temple complex located about 15 minutes' walk northwest of Kyoto Station, Nishi Hongan-ji comprises several buildings that feature some of the finest examples of architecture and artistic achievement from the…
Buddhist Temple in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Higashi Hongan-ji

A short walk north of Kyoto Station, Higashi Hongan-ji is the last word in all things grand and gaudy. Considering its proximity to the station, the free admission, the awesome structures and the dazzling interiors,…
Museum in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Kyoto Railway Museum

The Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum underwent a massive expansion in 2016 to reopen as the Kyoto Railway Museum. This superb museum is spread over three floors showcasing 53 trains, from vintage steam locomotives in…
Viewpoint in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Kyoto Tower Observation Deck

Located right outside the Karasuma (north) gate of Kyoto Station, this retro tower looks like a rocket perched atop the Kyoto Tower Hotel. The observation deck on the tower provides excellent views in all directions…
Gardens in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Shōsei-en

About five minutes’ walk east of Higashi Hongan-ji, this garden is a peaceful green island in a vast expanse of concrete. While it’s not on par with many other gardens in Kyoto, it’s worth a visit if you find yourse…
Notable Building in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Sumiya Pleasure House

Sumiya Pleasure House is the last remaining ageya (pleasure house) in the old Shimabara pleasure quarter. Built in 1641, this stately two-storey, 20-room structure allows a rare glimpse into Edo-era nirvana. With it…