Area Guide
Walk through the artisan district

Daitoku-ji Temple & Kitaoji

The Nishijin area straddles Kitaoji-dori Street, with Daitoku-ji Temple located in the north and the famous dyed textile manufacturing district to the south. Daitoku-ji Temple is a special Zen …moretemple, having produced many famous monks such as Ikkyu Sojun, known affectionately as just “Ikkyu” even in modern times, and it is also closely linked with Sen Rikyu, who perfected the tea ceremony.

Nishijin is also a very atmospheric area, with Kyoto-style traditional Japanese houses called machiya still lining the streets today. Walking along the narrow stone-paved streets, you can enjoy your trip as you experience what it is like to be one of the locals. There are also many cafes and shops run in renovated machiya town houses and other old buildings that should be irresistible to those who love antiquities and cafes.

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