Attractions

Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Northern Higashiyama

Eikan-dō

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 Philosophy. Eikan-dō is made interesting by its varied architectur…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Northern Higashiyama

Ginkaku-ji

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 for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who desired a place to retreat …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Northern Higashiyama

Nanzen-ji

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 lead up to the 2nd storey, which has a great view over the ci…
Area in Northern Higashiyama

Path of Philosophy (Tetsugaku-no-Michi)

The Tetsugaku-no-Michi is one of the most pleasant walks in all of Kyoto. Lined with a great variety of flowering plants, bushes and trees, it is a corridor of colour throughout most of the year. Follow the traffic-…
Notable Building in Northern Higashiyama

Shūgaku-in Rikyū Imperial Villa

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 their views down over the city, are worth the trouble it takes …
Shinto Shrine in Northern Higashiyama

Heian-jingū

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 are colourful replicas, reduced to a two-thirds scale, of the…
Buddhist Temple in Northern Higashiyama

Shisen-dō

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 a landscape architect who wanted a place to retire. The herm…
Buddhist Shrine in Northern Higashiyama

Nanzen-ji Oku-no-in

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 precinct. It’s here that pilgrims pray while standing under the fal…
Buddhist Temple in Northern Higashiyama

Enkō-ji

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 first is an incredible kare-sansui garden called Honryu-tei (Dr…
Museum in Northern Higashiyama

Fureai-Kan Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts

Well worth a visit for anyone interested in traditional Kyoto arts and crafts, Fureai-Kan has excellent exhibits, including woodblock prints, lacquerware, bamboo goods and gold-leaf work, with information panels in …