Kyoto Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by toonsarah
  • Kumano Shrine
    Kumano Shrine
    by Jim_Eliason
  • Kumano Shrine
    Kumano Shrine
    by Jim_Eliason

Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Kyoto

  • 1. Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple

    Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, beautiful buddhist stone sculptures. In Arashiyama, go to Adashino Nenbutsu-ji, where one can walk the bamboo grove. pass this temple, follow the walking path north,till one reaches...

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  • 2. Ohara Area

    Ohara is a major stomping ground for Japanese 'aki-front' followers; when the nation gets bored of pining for cherry blossoms and instead glues its eyes to NHK for the first news reports of Kyoto's...

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  • 3. Hozu River

    Old Cliffie is a bit too old for white-knuckle pastimes such as bungee jumping or whitewater rafting. But he did enjoy the 'Hozugawa Kudari' - trip down the river Hozu - near Kyoto. Take the train (20...

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  • 4. Fushimi Inari Shrine

    Two train stops south out of Kyoto, a brilliant walk right from Fushimi station takes you to the temple of Fushimi-Inari, and continuing up the hill through 10,000 red torii dedicated by companies to...

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  • 5. Hyogo Prefecture

    Many say that one will not need to visit any other castle after seeing the most beautiful castle of Japan, the Himeji Castle. Although a bit far from Kyoto than other nearby places, this castle is...

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  • 6. General

    Kyoto is not really a very large city, although there are many places to visit! The bus, train, and subway system really makes most of the city very easy to access. What many people consider to be...

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  • 7. Nanzenji Temple

    This is a huge temple complex situated in the eastern part of Kyoto at the foot of the hills, and can be considered off the beaten track as it doesn't seem to get as much visitors as the other more...

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  • 8. Otsu City

    Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan and among the top largest lakes in the world. It is actually surrounded by a few prefectures, one of which is Shiga. All the usual lake activities can be found...

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  • 9. Arashiyama

    If you fancy something different to do in Kyoto or simply suffering from temple fatigue and like animals, how about a trip to the Monkey Park at Arashiyama. You enter the park strolling up a steep...

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  • 10. Nara City

    By basing in Kyoto, there are other areas in the Kansai region that you can visit fairly easily as the transportation system is efficient enough to bring you anywhere in Kansai in the fatest...

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  • 11. Otani Mausoleum

    A little unusual, but we found this by accident. Rather than following the main route up to the Kiyomizu Temple with all the usual stalls selling souvenirs we found a path at the bottom of the hill...

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  • 12. Osaka City

    Osaka is a big and bust city. We were there mainly for shopping. 2 places we went, Umeda and Namba. These are great shopping start points. Dotonobori is a must go. Just observing the busy lifestyle of...

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  • 13. Yoshino City

    Yoshino is south of Kyoto, located in Nara-ken. It's a famous place of watching cherry blossoms and red leaves. About 2 hours of trains from Kyoto, with a change of train at Kashihara-jingu-mae,...

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  • 14. A lifetime experience!

    Kurama Onsen - after a few days of intensive sightseeing in Kyoto we had a relaxing day in the natural springs Spa. It has two type of onsen - one indoors and...

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  • 15. Nonomiya Shrine

    Strolling back to the main road of Arashiyama from the bamboo grove our attention was caught by some pictures on the fence to our left of a shrine and wooded...

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  • 16. In the back streets of Kyoto

    When we got off the Randen Railway train at Ryoanji-michi we found that we had to walk through some residential streets for about 10/12 minutes or so in order...

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  • 17. Kitchen Mariko: classes for japanese cooking

    I really like japanese food. And I don't mean sushi, but everyday dishes you eat at home or at an "izakaya". So I was very happy to learn how to make...

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  • 18. Toei Movie Land

    Toei Movie Land is an amusement park about film making. Often real samurai movies are shot here. There are really nice shows, which make you understand more...

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  • 19. Goyozaka area

    The Goyozaka area and street are not that of the beaten path, it is actually rather known to be a place to stroll around and inspect the architecture and small...

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  • 20. Maiko/Geiko for a day

    I went to this shop near Kiyomizu-dera Temple to dress as Maiko. The name of the shop is Studio Shiki. They have two shop - you can check the website for the...

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  • 21. Look at the bald spot of the mountain in Kyoto!

    If you look closely to the mountain of Kyoto, you will see that there are some Japanese characters on the spot that was denuded. Do you know what this is? This...

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  • 22. Easy Climb to Mt. Daimonji

    If you get sick and tired of seeing temple and shrines but still have plenty of time before leaving, how about trying an easy hike to the peak of Mt.Daimonji?...

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  • 23. There's a cemetary at the left side of the temple!

    My sisters and I were walking towards the bathroom at the Kiyumisudara Temple, when we saw police officers running towards an aisle. There were also people...

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  • 24. Check out the love hotels

    Love hotels are usually situated along the freeway, so if you see a cluster of buildings with fancy neon signs and advertising for hourly rests, you're there....

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  • 25. Go to a spa

    Near Kyoto, in Sonobe there is a Rurikei Spa. Not an onsen but same concept (See my sonobe page for explanation) You can take a 2D1N package, with dinner and...

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