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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…
Top Choice Noodles in Northern Higashiyama

Omen

This elegant noodle shop is named after the thick white noodles that are served in broth with a selection of seven fresh vegetables. Just say omen and you’ll be given your choice of hot or cold noodles, a bowl of so…
Top Choice Okinawan in Northern Higashiyama

Goya

This Okinawan-style restaurant has tasty food (with plenty of vegetarian options), a plant-filled stylish interior and comfortable upstairs seating. It’s perfect for lunch while exploring Northern Higashiyama and ju…
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-…
Japanese in Northern Higashiyama

Usagi no Ippo

Perfectly located for a break when museum-hopping in the Okazaki-kōen area, this delightful restaurant is set in an old machiya (traditional Japanese townhouse) with tatami-mat floors, a small pleasant garden and a …
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…