Itinerary Guide: These Hidden Spots in Kyoto Are for the Intrepid Traveler

Not a lot of people know about these places!

Kyoto is one of the more popular historical cities of Japan. Despite the hustle and bustle of modern life in the area, there are a few places in the city that still retain their traditional atmosphere.

Using the
Kansai Thru Pass, you can explore a different side of Kyoto that’s still unknown to many people. Check out our one-day itinerary below:

9 a.m. Depart from Osaka

Ride the Midosuji from Namba to Yodoyabashi Station, and change to Keihan Main Line to arrive at Demachiyanagi Station in Kyoto. Transfer to the sightseeing train Hiei to Yase-Hieizanguchi Station. This trip will take approximately 95 minutes.

Afterwards, ride the Hiezan cable car and ropeway and get off at Hiei-sancho Station. Then, take the bus to
Enryakuji Temple.

10:35 a.m. Enryakuji Temple
Access point: Hiei-sancho Station

Enrayakuji Temple

Mount Hiei is known as a holy place in Japanese Buddhism. It is also one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites located in Kyoto.

Enryakuji Temple is a mountain temple that’s too beautiful for words. Here, you can enjoy beautiful sceneries, especially during autumn and spring.

However, the main hall of Enryakuji Temple is undergoing construction until 2026. Instead, visitors can get a glimpse of the temple interiors from above through a special viewing deck. This viewpoint is only open to the public since the temple is under construction.

Enjoy original Bonji Latte at this temple.

The lattes served at the temple took its name from the writing system called “Bonji”. In Japan, people believe the letter to be god’s character and is used as a charm against evil spirits.

1:30 p.m. Go to Kibune Jinja

Go back to Yase-Hiezanguchi Station. Take the sightseeing train Hiei towards Demachiyanagi and get off at Takaragaike Station. Then, transfer trains and get off at Kibune-guchi Station. From there, you can take a bus going to Kibune Shrine.

2 p.m. Kibune Shrine
Access point: Kibune-guchi Station.

Kibune Shrine

Kibune Shrine is famous for its red lantern stone steps that lead up to the torii gate. During winter, an illumination event is normally held here. The magical scenery created by the snow and illuminated lanterns will make your trip all the more memorable.

On the other hand, you can experience the “
Kawadoko” during the summer, where restaurants bring out their tables and tatami mats and put them on the river bed. This lets customers enjoy their food while breathing in the crisp and natural air.


After this, it’s time to go back to the center of Kyoto City.

4:00 p.m. Nishiki Market
Access point: Gion Shijo Keihan Main Line

Nishiki Market is a good place to try street food in Kyoto. You can enjoy different types of snacks ranging from sweet to savory Japanese food there.

Aside from this, you can also find a lot of shops selling special souvenirs inside the market.

Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (15 March 2019)

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