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You can enjoy and taste delicious foods at the market shops. The best restaurants at Nishiki often hidden in large grounds with seafood stalls selling the most delicious fish salads.
Address: Japan, 〒604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, 富小路通四条上る西大文字町609番地
Hours: Varies by stores, typically 9:00 to 18:00 / Some stores closed on Wednesday or Sunday
Phone: +81 75-211-3882
Visitors will definitely want to stop at small shrine of Nishiki Tenmangu by peaceful space here. From Nishiki, walk towards Gion and Higashiyama area. If you haven’t eaten yet in Nishiki market, you can eat at the basement of a department store at Daimaru or Takashimaya. Do not miss the main road of Gion district, where there are many fascinating street magic performances.
Address: Japan, 〒604-8042 Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Nakagyo Ward, 四条上る中之町537番地 Kyogoku Dori 新
Phone: +81 75-231-5732
Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Higashiyama)
Going deep into Higashiyama district, you will pass Kiyomizu-dera Temple about 20 minutes from Rc Hotel Kyoto Yasaka. On the steep road you will go through dozens of houses and shops. The opening time of the temple is from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm. The entry fee is 300 yen.
Tourists can rest at the foot of the hill with a cup of green tea or great matcha ice cream in the summer. Near the top is a branch of the most famous sweets shop in Kyoto, Malebranche is the ideal place for chatting and sightseeing.
Address: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan
Hours: Adults: 300 yen / Junior and elementary school students: 200
You can finish the 2nd day with a simple dinner in Gion. Gion Kyo Cuisine Hanasaki is famous for its delicious local food (Kyoto Kaiseki cuisine), there are only 16 seats, so you need to book in advance to avoid run out of seat.
Address: 南側-570-17 祇園町 Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0074, Japan
Phone: +81 75-533-3050
Hours: 12–2PM, 5:30–9PM
Visit Kyoto in 3 days (3 days in Kyoto) — Day 3: Visit Fushimi Inari Taisha and discover Uji or Osaka.
Fushimi Inari-taisha is the leading temple among the 30,000 shrines worship Inari-jinja (the Fox God) across the country, it is also often referred to as the familiar name Oinari-san. It is said that this temple was built in 711. The sanctuary is about 870,000 square meters, with the center being Inari-Yama mountain. Fushimi-Inari-taisha Shrine is famous for the “Zenbon Torii” tunnel with lots of vermilion Torii gates located within the temple grounds. This is a must visit shrine when traveling to Kyoto.
Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0882, Japan
Phone: +81 75-641-7331
Hours: 24/7, no closing days
Entry fee: Free
In addition, you can free to explore with a great day trip to Nara, Kurama Onsen and Osaka (Read more: Osaka travel blog — The fullest Osaka travel guide blog for a wonderful trip to Osaka for the first-timers), which places are close to Kyoto. Start with the stop point of Nara from Kyoto station to Uji station (takes about 35 minutes). Uji is famous for best green tea in Japan and Byodo-in temple. This is an ancient temple that has been destroyed many times by time but still retains its original design with two phoenix statues on the roof.
Address: Renge-116 Uji, Kyoto Prefecture 611-0021, Japan
Hours: 8:30 to 17:30 (entry until 17:15)
Entry fee: 600 yen (additional 300 yen for a tour of the Phoenix Hall)
Visitors can enjoy a simple lunch at Uochu restaurant with delicious dishes at reasonable prices including meat or fish, rice, soup, pickles and local vegetables. Near the train station, there is an ideal place to rest is Vermillion Espresso Bar to enjoy hot coffee or tea or cakes.
Vermillion – espresso bar & info.
Address: 85 Fukakusa Inarionmaecho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 612-0881, Japan,
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
After visiting the temples in the morning, you can make a trip to visit the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum. It will introduce to visitors the process of making sake wine over 400 years history of Japan. Opening hours are from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. The entry fee is 300 yen.
Gekkeikan Ōkura Sake Museum
Address: Japan, 〒612-8043 Kyoto Prefecture, 京都市伏見区 南浜町２４７
Phone: +81 75-623-2056
Admission: 300 yen
Some best day tours, trips, activities and transfer services, tickets in, to and from Kyoto you can refer to
- Private Kansai International Airport Transfers (KIX) for Kyoto
- Limousine Bus Transfers between Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Osaka or Kyoto
- Shared Night Bus Transfers from Kyoto to Tokyo
- Private Kansai Airport (KIX) Transfers to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Uji, Kobe, or Arima
- Kyoto-Osaka Sightseeing Pass (1 Day/2 Days, Kyoto Pick Up)
- Kyoto-Osaka Sightseeing Pass 1 Day/2 Days (Pick up at Osaka)
- Randen + Subway 1 Day Pass
- Kyoto Temples & Shrines Day Tour from Osaka: Fushimi Inari-taisha, Arashiyama, Kiyomizu-dera & More
- Kyoto Perfect Day Tour from Osaka or Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera, Fushimi Inari-taisha, Arashiyama & More
- Kyoto and Nara Day Tour from Osaka/Kyoto
- Kyoto Afternoon Tour from Osaka
- 4G Prepaid Sim Card (JP Airports Pick Up) for Japan
- 4G WiFi (Japan Pick Up) for Japan
- JR Pass for Whole Japan (7, 14, or 21 Days)
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