Jan. 23, 2019 UPDATE

Most popular things to do on Sharing Kyoto in 2017!

Don’t know what to do in Kyoto? Check out this list of the most popular things to do on Sharing Kyoto in 2017!

There are many World Heritage Sites in Kyoto and so many temples and shrines that it would take a lifetime to see them all. But which are the best places? The nature and four seasons of Japan can be enjoyed at these places that offer very Kyoto-like experiences. So, here are the articles, which according to our data were the most popular on Sharing Kyoto in 2017!


Ponto-choPonto-cho is a little alley in Kyoto, famous as a hanamachi, a geisha district. The alley is lined up with restaurants on both sides, and you can find almost anything here, from very nice hotpot places to whisky bars. If you’re incredibly lucky, you may even see a maiko here! And if you’re not that lucky, you can still catch a glimpse of a tourists dressed up as a maiko. 

9Shirakawa River

Shirakawa RiverThe Shirakawa River is one of the most beautiful rivers in Kyoto, and it goes all the way from Okazaki to Gion. Walking under the willow trees of the river is very romantic. There are many cafes by the river, and when the river is illuminated at night, it becomes a hotspot for couples in Kyoto. 

8Rental Kimono SHIKI SAKURA

Rental Kimono SHIKI SAKURARental Kimono SHIKI SAKURA is a place where you can rent kimonos, but not any old kimonos, but high-quality ones with exciting patterns, and they will even help you set your hair. Walking on the historic streets of Gion dressed in a kimono is a must when in Kyoto! 

7Togetsu-kyo Bridge in Arashiyama

Togetsu-kyo BridgeArashiyama is a bit far from the center of Kyoto, but this stately traditional bridge, Togetsu-kyo, with the mountains of Arashiyama behind it, is something everyone has to see when they come to Kyoto. The bridge is especially beautiful in autumn when you also get to see the autumn leaves. 

6Kyoto Tower Public Bathhouse ~YUU~

Kyoto Tower Public Bathhouse ~YUU~YUU is located right below Kyoto Tower, and at it, you can get rid of your stress the Japanese way, by taking a bath. They have shampoo and body soap, so you only need to bring your own towel or rent one and you’re ready to take a bath! 

5Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu TempleKiyomizu Temple is probably the most well-known temple in Kyoto, and if it’s your first time visiting this old capital, it’s probably already on your itinerary. The view from the stage of Kiyomizu is breathtaking, and you can also pray for good marriage luck at Jishu Shrine which is located on the grounds of Kiyomizu Temple. 

4Kamo River

Kamo RiverThe Kamo River is one of the places in Kyoto most loved by locals. In the morning you can see people running, in the noon or afternoon you can see friends having a chat, and at night you can see artists performing by the river banks. This river is full of art and atmosphere, and in summer you can even have dinner on top of it if you take advantage of the yuka terraces. 

3Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama

Bamboo Grove in ArashiyamaThe Bamboo Grove in Arashiyama is a spot that is always full of people, whether it be the high or low season, but it’s still worth going to. The feeling of being surrounded by bamboo in the grove is something you have to have. In summer the Bamboo Grove is cool, and in December you can see it illuminated at night, making it even more mysterious than normal. I recommend going in the morning or in the late afternoon if you want to beat the crowds. 

2Gion District

Gion DistrictIf you want to see a maiko even for a second, then Gion District is the place you need to head to. Hanamikoji is the street to be on for Japanese haute cuisine, and you stand a very good chance to see both a real and a fake maiko. 

1Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari ShrineThe first prize goes to… can we have a drum roll… Fushimi Inari Shrine! Famous for its thousands of torii gates, the shrine is the favorite place to visit for people from all over the world. The shrine enshrines Inari, the god of rice and prosperity, so the shrine is often visited by those in the business world. When going back from the shrine, don’t forget to buy fox cookies! 

Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
These were the 10 most popular things to do in Kyoto in 2017! I’m sure you’ve already been to some of them! There is really a lot to see in this old capital, and you can’t see it all at once, but that’s also one of the charms of this city. I hope this article can be of use to you when you plan your next visit to Kyoto!
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