Nov. 15, 2019 UPDATE

The absolute best spots in Kyoto for Instagram and Facebook photos

I’m going to introduce the best places in Kyoto for photography hobbyists for Instagram and Facebook photos that are sure to get many likes!
Yasaka Koshin-do Temple

When on a trip, almost everyone takes photos. Nowadays social media like Facebook and Instagram are really popular so many people seek places that will win them many “likes” on those sites. Kyoto is a popular spot for tourists all over the world with its temples, historic townscape, the seasonally changing scenery, and the city also has a cornucopia of picturesque places. Erika is going to tell you about five of her most “liked” places in Kyoto!

Yasaka Koshin-do Temple

First I have a small temple close to Yasaka Pagoda that is called Yasaka Koshin-do. This temple is really small, but it is really popular among women.

Yasaka Koshin-do Temple

The secret for this temple’s popularity can be seen in this picture! There are many of these cute beanbag looking talismans hanging from the structure, and the sight is impressive. The talismans are called “kukurizaru” and they represent a monkey with its hands tied up. They are made from colorful cloth and when you wish upon one and hang one up, it is said you wish will come true.


This place is really popular among women because of the cute and colorfulness of these balls. This place looks good in picture with yukatas and kimonos, and these pictures are sure to bring you many “likes” on Facebook! I hope you will write your wishes on a “kukurizaru” ball, and take some pictures with it!

Address 390 Kinen-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Open Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

2Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

Next we have this place! A place everyone knows, the always popular Fushimi Inari Shrine. The thousand torii gates make you feel like you wondered into a different world, and make for a great backdrop for pictures. Please take pictures from this angle if you come to Kyoto.

guardian foxes

Around the shrine you can also see guardian foxes, not the usual guardian dogs. There are four different types of foxes in the shrine, and they can be differentiated by the things they have in their mouths. It may be fun to look for the different foxes too.

talismans torii gates

At Fushimi Inari Taisha famous for their torii gates, they also sell talismans torii gates. These tiny torii gates are really cute.

Address 68 Fukakusa-Yabuno-Uchicho Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-shi 612-0882
Open Hours Does not close

3Nanzen-ji Temple

Nanzen-ji Temple

Third we have Nanzen-ji Temple, one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Kyoto.


There is a lot to see at this temple of high status, but this Suiro-kaku aqueduct is especially popular among photographers. This aqueduct was built to look like the ones in Rome to carry water from Lake Biwa to Kyoto, over a hundred years ago. The arches of the aqueduct made of red brick are beautiful.

like a tunnel

The retro atmosphere of the arches of the aqueduct that seem to go on like a tunnel are popular. Many Japanese television shows are also shot here because the feeling is not Japanese. The view almost looks like it was not Kyoto, but the western looking arch tunnel and the traditional Nanzen-ji Temple match together really well.

Address Nanzenji Fukuchicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8435
Open Hours Dec. 1 - Feb. 28: 8:40 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mar. 1 - Nov. 30: 8:40 a.m. - 5 p.m.

4Shirakawa River

Shirakawa River

Next I’m going to introduce you to the stone paved quintessentially Kyoto sight of Shirakawa Minami-dori Street. The vermilion paper-covered lanterns by the street are photogenic. If you wear a yukata or kimono when walking here, you can surely take picturesque selfies.

Shirakawa-dori is also famous as a place to see cherry blossoms

Shirakawa-dori is also famous as a place to see cherry blossoms, and in spring you can see scenes like this overflowing with emotion. There are many teahouses and fancy restaurants by the river so it’s a good place for a stroll.

narrow bridges

These narrow bridges over the river and the swaying willow trees form a somewhat nostalgic scene. It may be a good idea to take a selfie for Facebook while crossing the bridge.

have a Kyoto feeling

This is a place I recommend you visit if you want to take pictures that have a Kyoto feeling.

Address Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
Open Hours Does not close

5Horin-ji Temple (Daruma Temple)

Horin-ji Temple

Lastly I’m going to tell you about Horin-ji Temple, also known as Daruma Temple. This temple, like some of you probably already got from the name, has really many daruma dolls inside it. If you go inside the Daruma Hall you will be surrounded by daruma dolls. It is said there are 8,000 daruma dolls! This mysterious sight is just something you have to upload to Facebook.

daruma dolls

The daruma dolls all have different faces, and there are dolls small and big. The small ones look cute with their small form factor.

daruma hidden in the garden

Besides the hall there also daruma hidden in the garden, a bit like Disney’s Hidden Mickeys, so there is a lot to see. For those who have gotten bored at taking pictures at the main spots, how about snapping a few photos at a place like this?

Erika[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
I just told you about my recommended places to take pictures for Facebook and Instagram in Kyoto. I personally like Instagram, and when I go on a trip I want to upload pretty pictures to it! There are many places in Kyoto where you can take nostalgic, refined pictures of the Japan of yesterday so I hope you will walk to many places! But please be careful not to be so infatuated with photography and selfies that you cause inconvenience to others, so let’s enjoy photography responsibly!
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