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  • Higashiyama District, Kyoto

  • Higashiyama District, Kyoto

  • Higashiyama District, Kyoto

  • Higashiyama District, Kyoto

  • Higashiyama District, Kyoto

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Higashiyama District (1 out of 11 districts/wards in Kyoto) is the place to go for exploring the most beautiful and popular sightseeing spots in the eastern part of Kyoto's city center. The preserved buildings and lanes bring back the atmosphere of the old capital times. Best Ryokans in KyotoExplore Ryokans in Kyoto
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There are a lot of must-see attractions like Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Yasaka Pagoda, Kodai-ji Temple, Maruyama Park, Gion District (watch out for geisha´s), Chion-in Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Kennin-ji Temple, Kyoto National Museum and much more. The rich cultural and historical heritage of this district attracts millions of tourist throughout the year.


In 1929 the Higashiyama District was formed. The ward has been designated by the Japanese governmnet as an "Important Preservation District for a Group of Historic Buildings". During the 14th century the area became a popular location for large shrines, temples, gardens and villas.

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Higashiyama Ward is located in the center of Kyoto and stretches north to south along the Higashiyama ridge.

How to get to Higashiyama?

  • 10-15min from Kyoto Station to Higashiyama by bus nr. 100 or 206

Sightseeing spots


Kiyomizu-dera Temple - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous temples in Japan

Yasaka Pagoda - oldest pagode in Kyoto is 46m high and the landmark of the Higashiyama area

Kodai-ji Temple - was founded in 1606 and is one of the greatest Zen temple in Kyoto

Maruyama Park - is the oldest public park in Kyoto and a must-see during cherry blossom season

Gion District - fantastic place to experience the Edo time atmosphere and if lucky to spot a Geisha

Chion-in Temple - Sanmon Gate (main gate) is the largest temple gate (height 24m, width 50m) in Japan

Yasaka Shrine - very popular Shinto Shrine in Kyoto, founded in 656

Kennin-ji Temple - oldest Zen temple in Kyoto with a beautiful Zen garden

Kyoto National Museum - one of the most famous art museums in Japan

Shoren-in Temple - prestigious Tendai Buddhist sect temple

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Setsubun (3rd)
One day before spring arrives (lunar calendar) the Setsubun is celebrated. Bean throwing (Mame maki) ceremonies are held at the shrine to get a good fortune for the year. Do not miss the bonfire on the evening.


Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).


Ochatsubo Dochu (1st)
The Ochatsubo Dochu or Traveling Tea Canisters festival dates back to the Edo Period. It represents the practice of showing the new tea harvest from Uji to the ruling shogun in the old days. Now during the parade large ceramic containers with tea are carried by people wearing traditional costumes from Kenninji Temple to Yasaka Shrine.

Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.


Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).


Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.


Shichi-Go-San (15th)
The well-being and growth of young children is celebrated at the shrine and in the rest of Japan.

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