May. 23, 2017 UPDATE

Top 5 most popular things to do in Kyoto by Sharing Kyoto readers

The five things you definitely have to do in Kyoto, all chosen by Sharing Kyoto’s users! These were the most popular things to do on Sharing Kyoto in 2016.
Torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine

We looked up what you, our readers, read most on our site and here’s a list of those things! So if you are looking for things to do in Kyoto, look no further than this list. It’s got all the best things to do in Kyoto.

 1.    Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine was the most popular article on Sharing Kyoto, and for a good reason. The vermilion torii gates of this temple are world-famous, and no one who is coming to Kyoto should leave this shrine unvisited.


The climb up the mountain is fun in itself, but the best part has to be that you get to take pictures inside the tunnel of torii gates. What better way to start your trip to Kyoto than to wear a yukata or a kimono, or for the men a hakama at Fushimi Inari? 



Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari / Other Kyoto Area
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 2.    Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a mysterious sight, the bamboo surround you and you are transported into a mysterious world normally only seen in Hayao Miyazaki’s movies. 

The Bamboo Grove is easy to access from Hankyu and Randen Arashiyama stations, there is a lot to see by it like Nonomiya Shrine and Okochi Sanso Villa, and so if you are going to Arashiyama, you need to go to the Bamboo Grove. 



Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama & Sagano / Other Kyoto Area
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 3.    Maiko Transformation Studio Shiki

Maiko Transformation Studio Shiki offers you a chance to be a geisha, or rather maiko, for a day. They will help you transform into a maiko, so real in fact that tourists are going to want to take pictures of you!

Walking on the streets of Kyoto looking like a maiko is an experience you won’t forget, so go on, put some Japanese wooden sandals on and go walk around Kyoto in white makeup! 



Maiko Transformation Studio Shiki

Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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 4.    Kiyomizu-dera Temple


Kiyomizu-dera Temple is the most famous temple in Kyoto, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the old capital. Just be prepared to hear more Chinese and English than Japanese, as there are really many tourists. The souvenir shops lining the streets to the temple are quite kitsch, but if you go to the smaller alleys you can find some really interesting things even close to the temple.

Not to forget the temple itself, this is especially famous for the stage of Kiyomizu, so famous in fact that there is a saying in Japanese “To do things like you were prepared to jump down from the stage of Kiyomizu.” 



Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Gion & Kiyomizu Temple / Central Kyoto Area
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 5.    Owl Family Kyoto

Ever want an owl as a pet? Really not a good idea, but in Kyoto you can experience what having an owl would be like, without all the nasty poop-cleaning. The cute owls are taken good care at this owl café and we hope you will enjoy getting to know the owls!

This is your chance of feeling what it would be like to live at Hogwarts with Harry Potter as your best friend and the owls flapping around the Great Hall. 



Owl Family Kyoto

Downtown / Central Kyoto Area
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Sampo[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ] STAFF DETAIL
There we have it, the 5 most popular articles of Sharing Kyoto. You, our users, helped us pick these up by reading the articles, so thank you! I hope that we will get to see you here in Kyoto when you come here. Personally I recommend Fushimi Inari Shrine, as the torii gates for a great place to take photos. How about going to Fushimi Inari Shrine dressed as a maiko?
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