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Southern Kyoto has a reserved air. Though the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Kyoto's major tourist attractions, the surrounding nature, parks, gardens, temples, and shrines provide less-visited spaces for strolling and reflection. The Fushimi Inari Shrine itself is made up of 32,000 sub-shrines, and the mountain they are dotted across beckons hikers, picnickers, and lovers of the outdoors. Many of the mountain's off-set paths aren't frequented by tourists, and the mountain's serenity can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Southern Kyoto is the place to enjoy being outside, and to pay your respects to the ancient architecture and gods of the land that are celebrated here.
My partner and I did this while we were in Kyoto for a short time. We heard going at dusk/night was better as all the tourists leave and locals are just left, which is what we did and what we got.
After the train station, they had food stalls near the entrance which we encourage you to try. Fair warning...
Tofuku-ji is a lovely place for a walk. The gardens are simple but breathtaking, and the whitewashed temples are beautifully maintained. I only had time to walk around for about 45 minutes, but I definitely could have spent twice that long there. A very peaceful place.
This timber pagoda rises from lush greenery and surrounding gardens, so it is quite scenic. There is a bit of space around the base so you can wander around and appreciate the architecture and setting. Easy to navigate and find. Take your time to really look at the carvings and adornments up close and you will appreciate it even more.
The Shrine had been built south of Heian Kyoto in 794 to protect the capital. The five separate gardens were large and striking with Kyokusui-no-utage held twice annually in spring and the fall. It was really quiet and peaceful to stroll around the area. Recommended.
"Daigo-ji temple was a truly natsukashii experience for me"
reviewed 8 February 2020 by georgianaa417
It's been almost two years since I visited Daigoji, but I decided it's still worth writing this review since, of all the temples I visited in Japan during a two-week trip, this is the one that stuck with me. The bright colours of Kiyomizu Dera and gilded luxury of Kinkakuji may be the obvious tourist attractions, but I think Daigoji...
delicious burgers, fancy burgers, weird burgers.
this cosy place near tofukuji station smells delicious as you walk by, we just had to try.
the samurai burger is actually spicy, the cacao burger is deliciously off-beat, and the king dragon burger should sate any hunger. we actually went back another time during our vacation.
the staff speaks excellent English, there is...
Close to Fushimi Inari Shrine and Mount Inari and good for a breakfast before the hike or a stopover after. They have Western hipster food (such as smashed avocado toast) and the staff speaks decent English. The latte macchiato is superb and we had matcha ganache as a dessert and it was way yummy, great texture. The backyard has a...
We visited this lovely little udon noodle restaurant after going to the Fushimi Inari Shrine. You could tell the udon was freshly made and the broth was very rich in flavour. It was busy when we arrived, but only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table to become available. Would recommend to anyone in the area, and there...
We visited this restaurant after reading the reviews on tripadvisor and we were not disappointed!
We opted for the 8 course menu that meant we had to go with whatever foods came our way and we loved every one of them.
The food is prepared and plated in front of you and is very much a fine dining version of...
"Gem of a hotel: new, comfortable, well appointed, freindly!"
reviewed 1 week ago by elenamc2018
This was a real gem: spacious room, excellent and freindly service with staff speaking perfect English. Great value for money - new, comfortable, well positioned close to the station and only a short bus or taxi ride from the centre of Kyoto. Much recommended.
Although located south of the city, this hotel is perfect, helpful staff, clean room and breakfast is very good.
Furthermore, it takes only 30 mns by foot to reach Fushimi Inari.
For dinner, restaurant Chobo Chobo, close to the hotel is perfect for okonomiyaki.
To summarise, a great place in Kyoto
Loved this “boutique” hotel. Very local decor. Unique. Comfortable. Charming but trendy! Enjoyed our stay. Open air lobby, with comfortable seating and fire pits. Welcome cocktail provided each night of stay. Close to subway.
2nd time back at Almont and the hospitality and rooms are as fine as always.
Hotel is a small distance from kyoto station Hachijo dori exit, about a 7 mins walk.
Rooms are spacious and toilet is of good size.
The onsen is very clean and neat, perfect for relaxing after a cold and tired day outside.
The staff were so friendly and attentive, they really made the stay so pleasant. Nice room and comfortable, big enough for two people. Great location, very close to the station in Kyoto with ability to quickly jump on the train or bus to get around the city.