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CHION-IN
Chion-in Temple is the grand temple for the Jodo Sect of Buddhism; the temple site is approximately 240,000 square meters. There are many designated important cultural properties here, such as the temple gate "Sanmon," "Mieido (hall that houses the image of Honen)," "Kyozo (sutra repository)," "Ohojo (large guest house)" and "Kohojo (small guest house)."
CHION-IN
400, Rinka-cho, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto
9am-4pm
Open 365 days a year
Temple grounds: Free, Garden: Adults 500 yen, Children 250 yen http://www.chion-in.or.jp/e/
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Kodai-ji
Kodai-ji Temple was established by Nene, often known by the title Kita no Mandokoro, who had taken the name Kodai-in. She was the widow of The samurai warrior, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and established this temple to pray for her late husband. The interior of the temple was decorated with elaborate gold and silver lacquer work, called Makie in the 16th century, which explains why it is also called "Makie's Temple."
Kodai-ji
526, Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
9am-5pm
Open 365 days a year
Adults 600 yen, Junior high/High school students 250 yen http://www.kodaiji.com/
075-561-9966 075-561-7387
Gion
With Kamogawa River to the west, and the land of Higashiyama to the east, is Gion. Prosperous as the town in front of Yasaka Shrine, Gion has tea houses which serve alcohol and are visited by Geisha. Tea houses are lined eaves to eaves with a thousand red treillage and the tone of the shamisen spills out from the shop curtains.
Gion
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
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Hanami-Koji
The stretch of Hanami-Koji street leaves a strong taste of the elegance of Hanamachi (entertainment district). The eaves of long established restaurants and old-fashioned tea houses are lined along the street.
Hanami-Koji
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
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Yasaka Shrine
Offering protection from evil and housing the god of commerce, the Yasaka Shrine collects the faith of the masses. The main shrine was reconstructed in 1654. With events such as the Gion Festival which paints the city of Kyoto in July, and the Okeramairi during which people visit the shrine on New Year's Eve, there are a variety of religious services and holidays.

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Yasaka Shrine
625, Gionmachi-Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
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Open 365 days a year
Free http://web.kyoto-inet.or.jp/org/yasaka/
075-561-6155 075-531-1126
Maruyama Koen (Park)
With a stroll-type landscape garden at the centre, the grounds of Maruyama Koen total 86,641 square meters. In these extensive grounds are many restaurants, Japanese tearooms and cafes. Beginning with the Gion Shidarezakura (weeping cherry tree) there are many cherry blossom trees, and it is a noted spot for flower viewing.
Maruyama Koen (Park)
Maruyama-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
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075-561-0533 (Office) 075-212-8704
Minamiza-Theater
Minamiza is famous for its year end Kabuki performance - Kichirei Kaomise Kogyo and boasts some 400 years of history and tradition in the entertainment field.
Minami-za
2012 Kichirei Kaomise Kogyo
Shijo-Ohashi Higashi-zume, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
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Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre
Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre is the venue of the annual "Miyako Odori" (Miyako Dance), in which Geiko and Maiko (apprentice Geiko) of Gion Kobu introduce the Kyomai.
Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre
Shijo Hanami-koji sagaru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
12.30pm, 2pm, 3.30pm, 4.50pm
Open Apr. only
- http://www.miyako-odori.jp/
075-541-3391 075-525-3105
Gion Corner
Provided a space in Yasaka Hall to the north of the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre, is a spot to introduce the traditional performing arts. They will show you a one hour collection of Japanese traditional culture beginning with the Kyomai (Kyoto dance) and Kyogen (Noh comic drama). Explanation in English is also available.
Gion Corner
Yasaka-kaikan, 570-2, Gionmachi-Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Performance: everyday 6pm & 7pm (only Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and National holiday from Dec.1st ~ the 2nd week of Mar.)
Jul.16, Aug.16, Dec.29-Jan.3
Performance: 3,150 yen http://kyoto-gioncorner.com/global/en.html
075-561-1119 075-561-3860
Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizudera Temple is a prominent Buddhist Temple of Kyoto. The temple covers a wide area of 130,000 square meters. The main temple of Kiyomizu is famous for its so-called "Kiyomizu-dera stage" which was reproduced in 1633. This stage was built using 139 columns to jut over a precipice, and from it the whole city can be taken in at a glance. Below the cliff of the temple a clear stream spills into a waterfall. Within the precincts are cherry blossoms which bloom in spring and leaves which turn red in autumn. The temple is registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Kiyomizudera Temple
1-294, Kiyomuzu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
6am-6pm (Sat., Sun. & holidays -6.30pm) (Depends on season)
Open 365 days a year
300 yen http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/ (Japanese version only)
075-551-1234 075-551-1287
Sannei-zaka
Sannei-zaka is a street scene continuing from Gion to Kiyomizudera Temple. Along the path from Ninen-zaka to Sannei-zaka are old houses lined on both sides of the paved sloping street, and there remains an atmosphere of the old capital. As you approach the Kiyomizu-zaka it becomes lively, and Kiyomizudera Temple can be found right there.
Sannei-zaka
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
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Ishibe-Koji
Ishibe-Koji is a small alley tying Shimogawara-Dori and Kodaiji-Dori, with stone paving and a stone wall giving a drifting sombre atmosphere. Enclosed by private houses, Japanese style restaurants, inns and bars line the street. It is used as a location in movies and television dramas set in Kyoto.
Ishibe-Koji
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
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Tofukuji Temple
Tofukuji Temple is the Head Temple of the Tofukuji school of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism. Taking nearly 20 years before completion, a magnificent Buddhist temple was built. The precincts use the mountainside and valley of Mt. Higashiyama. The rock garden is a dry style using techniques from the Kamakura Era. The valley under the Tsutenkyo Bridge connecting the main temple to the Kaizando Hall is famous for its autumn leaves.
Tofukuji Temple
15-778, Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
9am-4.30pm (Apr.-Nov.)
8.30am-4.30pm (Nov.- during the period of Autumn special exhibition)
9am-4.00pm (after the Autumn special exhibition period finishes -Mar.31)
(Admission is permitted up until 30 minutes before closing time)
Open 365 days a year
400 yen http://www.tofukuji.jp/
075-561-0087 075-533-0621
Kyoto National Museum
The Kyoto National Museum exhibits a wealth of cultural assets related to the temples and shrines of Kyoto. The Special Exhibition Hall is an attractive building built of modern brick construction and dates from the Meiji era. In the front garden is placed Rodin's "The Thinker."

Due to the construction of a new Collections Hall, the curret hall closes.
New Collections Hall will open after 2013.
Until the construction of a new Collections Hall is over, the museum closes except the duration of special exhibition.
Kyoto National Museum
527, Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
9.30am-6pm (Admission until 5.30pm)
Mon. (except when Mon. is a holiday, Tue. will be closed instead), Year-end and New Year holidays
Varies depending on the exhibition http://www.kyohaku.go.jp/
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Heian-Jingu Shrine
Heian-Jingu Shrine was constructed in Meiji 28 (1895) to commemorate the 1100 years foundation anniversary of the Heian capital. The bright vermillion 2 tiered Otenmon Gate is opposite a wide open gravel space. A vast 30,000m2 wide area surrounds the precincts to the rear of the shrine building. In a stroll-type garden are masterpieces from the Meiji and Taisho Eras. The garden is famous for flowers such as rouge weeping cherry trees, iris, water lilies and hagi (bush clover).
Heian-Jingu Shrine
97, Okazaki-Nishitenno-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
6am-6pm (Depends on season), Garden Viewing: 8.30am-5.30pm (Depends on season)
Afternoon in Oct. 22
Free, Garden Viewig: 600 yen http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/
075-761-0221 075-761-0225
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Built on the Biwako Canal, the building of the Art Gallery is an impressive contrast of concrete and glass. The 4th Floor Lobby offers a beautiful view of the mountain ranges of Higashiyama.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Okazaki-koennai-Okazaki-Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
9.30am-5pm (Admission until 4.30pm)
9.30am-8pm (Every Friday evening from spring to summer, Admission until 7:30pm)
Mon. (If Mon. is a holiday, Tue. will be closed.), Year-end and New Year holidays
It will be closed from January 14, 2014, to March 20, 2014, due to renovation.
Varies depending on the exhibition
Collection Gallery: 420 yen
http://www.momak.go.jp/
075-761-4111 075-771-5792
Nanzenji Temple
Nanzenji Temple is the former imperial villa of the retired Emperor Kameyama, which became a Zen temple in 1291. In the wide precincts stands a large Buddhist Temple. Sanmon Gate is a 2 level 22m high magnificent storied gate. The hojo (priest's hall) garden is characteristic of the early Edo Era Zen Buddhist style dry gardens. In the south-east of the precincts rises an overhead canal watercourse.
Nanzenji Temple
86, Nanzenji-Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
8.40am-4.30pm (Dec.-Feb.), 8.40am-5pm (Mar.-Nov.)
Dec.28-31
Garden: 500 yen, Sanmon: 500 yen http://www.nanzen.jp/
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Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy)
Tetsugaku-no-Michi is a path running parallel to the canal from the Nyakuoji Bridge at the base of Higashiyama, to Gingakuji Bridge. The philosopher Nishida Kitaro enjoyed long walks there, imparting to it the name Path of Philosophy.
Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy)
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
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Ginkakuji Temple
Ginkakuji Temple was constructed in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the 8th Shogun of the Ashikaga Shogunate. The then culture of Higashiyama is well displayed in and around Ginkakuji and of particular beauty and import is the garden. Said to imitate that of Saihoji Temple, Ginkakuji's gardens are ideal for strolling with its small pond, hillside location and small waterfall all playing their part.
To view the Togudo (Buddha Hall) is permitted only to groups of over 20 persons and is possible only on the 2nd or 4th Saturdays of the month. Prior application by return postcard is essential and no English is spoken.
Ginkakuji is registered as a World Cultural Heritage site.
Ginkakuji Temple
2, Ginkakuji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
8.30am-5pm (Mar.15-Nov.30), 9am-4.30pm (Dec.1-Mar.14)
Open 365 days a year
500 yen http://www.shokoku-ji.or.jp/ginkakuji/ (Japanese version only)
075-771-5725 075-771-5439
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