Itinerary Guide: How to Spend a Day in Kyoto
Make the most out of the time that you have.
Kyoto is known for its beautiful traditional architecture and culture, and while a day isn’t enough to explore all that it has to offer, we created an itinerary guide if 24 hours is all you have.
9 a.m. Depart from Osaka using the Kansai Thru Pass.
Ride the Midosuji Line from Namba to Yodobashi Station, and change to the Keihan Main Line to go to Uji Station in Kyoto. Change trains again in Nakasho-jima, and ride the train towards Uji. The trip will take approximately 75 minutes.
10:30 a.m. Pay your respects at the Byodoin Temple.
You can get to Byodoin Temple from Uji Station.
Byodoin Temple is designated as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in 1052 by Fujiwara no Yorimichi, a high-ranking aristocrat who served as a regent in Heian Period (794-1185), it contains many cultural artifacts that have been passed down from the Heian Period, such as the Painting of Descent of Mitabha in the Yamato-e style (a Japanese style of painting that developed during the said period), a temple bell, and a pair of phoenix statues.
The building that represents Byodoin the most is called the Phoenix Hall. It is the temple that you find on the 10-yen coins. Aside from the Phoenix Hall, you also can go to Hosho-kan or the Byodoin Museum.
Byodoin Temple Garden is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last entry is at 5:15 p.m.), while the Byodoin Temple Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry is at 4:45 p.m.). Admission fee is ¥600 for adults, ¥400 for junior high and high school students, and ¥300 for elementary school students.
11:30 a.m. Have lunch in Uji.
This is the shopping street near the Byodoin Temple gate.
Uji is famous in Japan for its matcha. Near Byodoin Temple, you can find a small arcade with a lot of restaurants serving matcha delicacies—from matcha ramen, matcha soba noodles, matcha takoyaki, matcha dumpling, and even matcha beer. Don’t forget to eat matcha soft serve, too.
1 p.m. Go to Fushimi Inari Shrine.
You can get to Fushimi Inari Station via the Keihan Line.
Fushimi Inari Taisha’s signature gates are perfect for your IG feed.
Fushimi Inari Taisha is famous for its red Senbon Torii gates. Take photos under them and continue along the path towards the peak of Inariyama, the mountain located right behind the shrines.
Before going back to the station, do a bit of shopping at the arcade. You can also find souvenirs or street food there.
4 p.m. Visit the Gion and Kawaramachi areas.
You can get to Gion-shijo Station via the Keihan Line.
The Hanami-koji Street in Gion is very picturesque.
End your day in Gion. Stroll around the Hanami-koji street, take photos right by traditional Japanese architecture, and enjoy the Gion evening view along the Kamo river side. You can also shop at Kawaramachi or have dinner at the Pontocho restaurants arcade.
The Kamo riverside near Gion is perfect for catching your breath.
Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (21 February 2019)