Shirakawa Canal in Kyoto

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  • Shirakawa Canal in Kyoto

    Shirakawa Canal in Kyoto

  • Shirakawa Canal in Kyoto

    Shirakawa Canal in Kyoto

  • Shirakawa Canal in Kyoto

    Shirakawa Canal in Kyoto

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The Shirakawa Canal in Kyoto is the perfect place for a romantic walk along weeping cherry trees, willow trees, old machiya and tea houses, cobblestone roads, nice restaurants and shops. The best time to come here is during the cherry blossom season. You will see there newly wed couples, geisha, maiko (young apprentice geisha) and of course many tourists. The picturesque scenery is only enhanced by the beautiful brigades crossing the canal. The most famous one is the Tatsumi-bashi bridge. This place became a hotspot in our instagram age :) Without doubt one of the best places for a nice stroll during the day and at night in Kyoto. The canal is located within the Gion district near the crowded street of Hanamikoji dori. Best Ryokans in Kyoto Explore Ryokans in Kyoto >
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History

The Shirakawa area is since centuries a place dedicated to entertainment. Many of the expensive high-end restaurants and bars there can only be visited by regular customers or with a table reservation.

Location

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Shirakawa Canal is located nearby the busy Hanamikoji dori within the Gion district in Kyoto.
Address: Hanamikoji Shimbashi Nishi, Higashiyama-ku, 605-0083 Kyoto

How to get to Shirakawa Canal?

  • 10min walk from Gion-Shijo Station (served by Keihan Line) to Shirakawa Canal

Sightseeing spots along the Shirakawa Canal

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Furukawa-cho shopping street - This old shopping street follows the calm and softly flowing Shirakawa river.

Tatsumi-Daimyojin - This small Shinto shrine on the corner of Shinbashi and Shirakawa Minami Dori is dedicated to goddes Benzaiten. The goddess takes care of art, water and eloquence. Therefore many maiko (young apprentice geisha) come here to pray for getting help in improving their skills.

Tatsumi-bashi bridge - You could see this bridge in a movie scene based of the novel - Memoirs of a Geisha - by author Arthur Golden.

Festival & Events in Kyoto (dates can change without notice)

April

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).

May

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.

July

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).

October

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.

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THE MACHIYA Ebisuya, 192 Ebisuya-cho Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8062

This 3-star guesthouse got an excellent rating. All 30 individually furnished rooms offer free WiFi, air conditioning, bathrooms incl. toilets, fridges, 40-inch flat-screen TVs, and more. THE MACHIYA Ebisuya is located in central Kyoto.

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The Machiya Kazahaya, 570-6 Kazahayacho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8475

The Machiya Kazahaya offers for all guest rooms free WiFi, air conditioning, safes, bathrooms with toilets, refrigerators, and much more. Enjoy also the beautiful Japanese Garden. Guests gave this property the rating - Exceptional.

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Kyomachiya Ryokan Sakura Urushitei, 425 Kichimonjicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8069

This beautiful 3-star guesthouse offers 32 rooms with free WiFi, air conditioning, bathrooms incl. showers and toilets, refrigerators, and much more. Enjoy also the relaxing indoor public bath (no minerals). Guests gave this property the rating - Wonderful.

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