1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Fushimi Inari Taisha

Kyoto: Walking Tour in Higashiyama

Product ID: 384629
See gallery
Explore a variety of Kyoto’s best spots on this 4-hour walking tour. Stroll around the district of Higashiyama and discover its must-see places. Take great photos and enjoy the unique atmosphere.
About this activity
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Duration: 4 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Hebrew

Select participants, date, and language:

Loading...

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the history of Fushimi Inari Taisha
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Kodaiji Temple
  • Explore Sannenzaka and other backstreets in Higashiyama
  • Admire the traditional entertainment quarter in Gion
Itinerary
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha (guided tour)

  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine Senbontorii (guided tour)

  • Gion (guided tour)

  • Kōdaiji Temple (guided tour)

  • Kiyomizu-dera (guided tour)

4 hours

Main stop
Other stop
Full description
The district of Higashiyama is full of Kyoto must-see locations. Higashiyama means East Mountain, and this tour takes place at the foothills of the mountain range that forms the Eastern border of central Kyoto. 

Start off your tour at the Fushimi Inari Taisha, a Shinto shrine located in the Southern part of the Higashiyama mountain range. Pass through the mystical vermilion torii gates that snake up the mountainside. Beyond the gates, you find the Fushimi Inari Taisha which is about Shinto history and culture. 

Take a short train ride from Fushimi Inari to Gion and listen to the stories your guide has to share about this colorful, much-storied playground of the geisha and beyond. Gion is a special place as it continues to be an active part of modern-day culture. This district is also known for its evening entertainment. 

Stroll through the streets of Higashiyama and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Visit the Kodaiji temple and immerse yourself in the serenity of its gardens and bamboo grove. The temple complex dates back to the early 17th-century. 

Take some snacks or souvenirs in the streets along Sannenzaka and walk you way up to Kiyomizu Temple. Once arrived you can enjoy a spectacular view of Kyoto. The temple is famous for its clear, pure water flowing from the mountains into the Otowa Waterfall. Take the opportunity to sample some of the pure water yourself. It is said that the 3 divided streams bring health, wealth, or happiness. Choose wisely as for greedy people none of the wishes will come true. 

The tour ends at Kiyomizudera, where you are free to spend more time and discover the area at your own pace.
Includes
  • Entry fees
  • Train ticket from Fushimi Inari to Gion
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

We meet just outside the fare gates of JR Inari Station. Depending on which part of Kyoto you are coming from, it may make sense to use the Keihan train line and walk the few minutes to the JR station.

Open in Google Maps ⟶
Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• This activity includes a bit of uphill walking but nothing exceptionally steep or demanding