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.
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
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
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
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.”
5. Rental Kimono SHIKI SAKURA
When you come to Kyoto, you probably want to see a maiko or a geisha. But what if you want to dress up like them? Then Rental Kimono Shiki Sakura is a very good choice! They have sizes for bigger and taller people too, and even for kids! So the whole family can take part in this fun Japanese activity.
Rental Kimono SHIKI SAKURA
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