How to spend three days in Kyoto: Kyoto itinerary

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When traveling to another country, you often want to see as much as possible in a short span of time, so you can be able to go to more than one city. But with so many attractions, it’s hard to know how to cram everything in just a few days. This is even truer for Kyoto, where there are hundreds of attractions to visit. So we made an itinerary with the best activities for a three-day stay in Kyoto.

KYOTO ITINERARY DAY 1

1. Arrive and check-in at the hotel, ryokan or wherever you choose to stay. Rest for a bit if you are tired.

2. Buy a snack to eat on the way or have a proper meal at a restaurant.

3. Visit Nijo Castle

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Go first to the main keep and see the famous “nightingale” floor, a type of floor that was specially made to creak when someone steps on it. The reason behind this was to prevent people from sneaking in. Relax a bit in the Honmaru and Ninomaru gardens.

Information

  • Name: Nijo Castle
  • Price: 600 yen
  • Access: just outside Nijojo-mae Station
  • Opening hour: 08:45
  • Closing hour: 17:00
  • Holiday:  irregular days
  • Website (English): http://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/bunshi/nijojo/english/

4. Visit the nearby Yasaka Shrine.

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You can take the Tozai subway line from Nijojo Station, change at Sanjokeihan to Tozai line and get off Gion-Shijo Station, which is within walking distance from Yasaka Shrine. If you’re not tired, you can even walk between the two attractions as there are only 2 km between them.

Information

  • Name: Yasaka Shrine
  • Price: free
  • Access: a 10 minute walk from Gion-Shijo Station
  • Opening hour:  always open
  • Holiday: none
  • Website (English):  http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/en/

5. From Yasaka Shrine you can walk to Nishiki food market, a street lined with various delicious food stalls.

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Eat here to your heart’s content and take a look at all the interesting foods that are being sold.

6. Rest time!

 

KYOTO ITINERARY DAY 2

1. Have breakfast either at the place you’re staying, at a restaurant or buy a snack.

2. Visit Ginkakuji

In addition to the Kannon Hall-that is, the building known as the Silver Pavilion- the other of the two structures surviving from the original construction of the villa is the Tōgudo (East Seeking Hall; designated as a National Treasure). It originally housed an image of the Buddha, and thus it symbolized Yoshimasa's affinity for the True Pure Land religion, while the fact that he is building a Zen-style garden around speaks of the breadth of Yoshimasa's religious world.

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The famous Silver Pavilion has a beautiful garden consisting of moss, ponds with little islands connected by bridged, streams and various plants and flowers. From Ginkakuji go along the Philosopher’s Path to Nanzenji Temple. The Philosopher’s Path is a picturesque alley that goes along a river and is lined with hundreds of cherry trees. The view is spectacular in spring, but also extremely beautiful in other seasons. The alley is closed to cars so you can enjoy a relaxing walk.

Information

  • Name: Ginkakuji Temple
  • Price:  500 yen
  • Access:  by buses  5, 17 or 100 from Kyoto Station i
  • Opening hour: 08:30
  • Closing hour: 17:00
  • Holiday: none
  • Website (Japanese): http://www.shokoku-ji.jp/g_about.html

Information

  • Name: Nanzenji Temple
  • Price: different fees for each subtemple
  • Access: a 5 minute walk from Keage Station
  • Opening hour: 08:40
  • Closing hour: 17:00
  • Holiday: differs by subtemple
  • Website (English):  http://www.nanzen.net/english/

3. After visiting Nanzenji, take the train from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line, change at Yamshina Station to Tokaido Sanyo Line and and get off at Kyoto Station.

4. You can enjoy looking at Kyoto Tower or even go up to the observatory. There are also a lot of restaurants and stores in the area where you can have lunch.

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Information

  • Name: Kyoto Tower
  • Price: 770 yen
  • Access: just outside Kyoto Station
  • Opening hour: 09:00
  • Closing hour: 21:00
  • Holiday: none
  • Website (English): https://www.kyoto-tower.co.jp/kyototower/en/

5. From the bus station in front of Kyoto Station take bus number 101 or 205 to Kinkakuji Temple. Relax next to the beautiful gold covered temple and its garden.

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Information

  • Name: Kinkakuji Temple
  • Price: 400 yen
  • Access: by bus number 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station
  • Opening hour: 09:00
  • Closing hour: 17:00
  • Holiday: none
  • Website (Japanese): http://www.shokoku-ji.jp/

6. Have dinner somewhere and rest!

 

KYOTO ITINERARY DAY 3

1. Have breakfast either at the place you’re staying, at a restaurant or buy a snack.

2. Visit the Arashiyama area. Go first to the small shopping district in front of the mountain and buy souvenirs.

3. Go up the mountain and visit Arashiyama Monkey Park.

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The monkeys can be fed from inside a room that has netting over the windows. Snacks for the monkeys are sold inside. The park is reached after a 20 minute climb from Togetsukyo Bridge.

Information

  • Name: Arashiyama Monkey Park
  • Price: 550 yen
  • Access: by a walking trail from Togetsukyo Bridge
  • Opening hour: 09:00
  • Closing hour: 17:00
  • Holiday:  during bad weather
  • Website (English): http://monkeypark.jp/english/

4. Descend and have lunch at one of the few restaurants at the base of the mountain.

5. If you still have time before your train back, take the train from the Saga Arashiyama Station on the San-In Line to Kyoto Station. Change on the Nara line and then again change at Tofukuji Station on the Keihan Line. Get off Shichijo Station.

6. From Shichijo Station there is a 15 minute walk to Kiyomizudera Temple which is one of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto. Enjoy its garden and the big wooden stage.

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Information

  • Price: 400 yen
  • Access: a 20 minute walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo Station
  • Opening hour: 06:00
  • Closing hour: 18:00
  • Holiday: none
  • Website (English):  http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/lang/01.html

7. Shop in the vast Higashiyama district, a long shopping alley lined with various souvenir shops and restaurants.

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8. Have dinner in the area.

9. Embark on the train to the next city!

 

 

We hope you enjoy this amazing city! Have a good trip and travel!

 

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