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Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.
Very interesting place, and great atmosphere.
BUT... this is a place of worship, so don't act like so many jerk tourists!
I saw Russian eating sandwiches in front of the "no food allowed" sign, Chinese tourists burping and yelling like no one else is here, and all kind of instagram fashionista blocking the tori gates tunnel so they could get...
Tofuku-ji is a lovely place for a walk. The gardens are simple but breathtaking, and the whitewashed temples are beautifully maintained. I only had time to walk around for about 45 minutes, but I definitely could have spent twice that long there. A very peaceful place.
We visited the Toji temple on a bright sunny day during the summer period. We couldn’t believe such a serene and quiet place existed among the modern buildings in bustling Kyoto city. We were amazed by the wonderful ancient architectural methods used to build such a gigantic wooden structure, without using a single nail. The wood interlocking system has been...
The Shrine had been built south of Heian Kyoto in 794 to protect the capital. The five separate gardens were large and striking with Kyokusui-no-utage held twice annually in spring and the fall. It was really quiet and peaceful to stroll around the area. Recommended.
"Daigo-ji temple was a truly natsukashii experience for me"
reviewed 8 February 2020 by georgianaa417
It's been almost two years since I visited Daigoji, but I decided it's still worth writing this review since, of all the temples I visited in Japan during a two-week trip, this is the one that stuck with me. The bright colours of Kiyomizu Dera and gilded luxury of Kinkakuji may be the obvious tourist attractions, but I think Daigoji...
If you are travelling from the US and looking for something a bit more familair , Dragon Burger is a good stop. Excellent burgers and fries with a slight Japanese spin but not enough to upset people looking for something less exotic. Great quality. The Restaurant also has wi fi which is a plus. It's located not far from the...
I literally started drinking coffee here for the first time in my life at the age of 42. That's how good it was. We sat outside with coffee and little bites - an oasis near the shrine. Apparently they serve Australian-style coffee (I'd never tried it before) and it was delicious. I haven't stopped drinking coffee since my visit but...
We visited this lovely little udon noodle restaurant after going to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. You could tell the udon was freshly made and the broth was very rich in flavour. It was busy when we arrived, but only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table to become available. Would recommend to anyone in the area, and there...
We visited this restaurant after reading the reviews on tripadvisor and we were not disappointed!
We opted for the 8 course menu that meant we had to go with whatever foods came our way and we loved every one of them.
The food is prepared and plated in front of you and is very much a fine dining version of...
"Gem of a hotel: new, comfortable, well appointed, freindly!"
reviewed 27 March 2020 by elenamc2018
This was a real gem: spacious room, excellent and freindly service with staff speaking perfect English. Great value for money - new, comfortable, well positioned close to the station and only a short bus or taxi ride from the centre of Kyoto. Much recommended.
Although located south of the city, this hotel is perfect, helpful staff, clean room and breakfast is very good.
Furthermore, it takes only 30 mns by foot to reach Fushimi Inari.
For dinner, restaurant Chobo Chobo, close to the hotel is perfect for okonomiyaki.
To summarise, a great place in Kyoto
Loved this “boutique” hotel. Very local decor. Unique. Comfortable. Charming but trendy! Enjoyed our stay. Open air lobby, with comfortable seating and fire pits. Welcome cocktail provided each night of stay. Close to subway.
2nd time back at Almont and the hospitality and rooms are as fine as always.
Hotel is a small distance from kyoto station Hachijo dori exit, about a 7 mins walk.
Rooms are spacious and toilet is of good size.
The onsen is very clean and neat, perfect for relaxing after a cold and tired day outside.
This hotel was the perfect location for our day trips outside of Kyoto (to Hiroshima, Arashiyama and Nara) and the Inari shrine. It was about a 10 minute easy walk to Kyoto Station from the hotel.
The free drink each evening was a nice touch, and the drinks after that were 500 yen which was very reasonable!
Our rooms both...