Jul. 29, 2021 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.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
 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

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

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

 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. 

Address Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi
Open Hours Does not close

 Maiko Transformation Studio Shiki

 3.    Maiko Transformation Studio Shiki

”Maiko Transformation Studio Shik”i 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! 

Kiyomizu-dera Temple 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.” 

Address 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi
Open Hours 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. For special night time light-ups, temple reopens for the night depending on the season

Rental Kimono SHIKI SAKURA 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. 

Sampo[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
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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