“Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan. The area of Shimogamo Temple is in a vast ancient forest area.
This is a place that combines nature, history, and culture.
A park owned by a wealthy former merchant is in this area.
Travelers can also see ancient unspoiled forests, old temples which are world heritage sites, and take a walk on the banks of the Kamo River.
Wherever you go, shades of green that refresh your eyes and natural landscapes around historic buildings will always welcome you.
There is also a retro-style cafe and various pastry dishes that can be enjoyed even if you are traveling solo.
Interested in exploring the other side of this interesting Japan? Just follow our recommended walking tour below.
“Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan
At 9:00: Visit the Shinshindo shop, Kyodai Kitamon-mae
The Shinshindo shop.
Kyodai Kitamon-mae is a famous cafe that opened in 1930.
This cafe is now seen as a representative of cafes in Kyoto.
The original owner had received training in Paris, France. He decided to design the interior of a cafe like a retro coffee shop in Paris.
One of the popular dishes on the menu is the Homemade Curry Bread set menu (830 yen),
which has a nostalgic taste and the spice flavor isn’t too excessive.
The next place to visit is a 15-minute walk from this legendary cafe. “Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan
The Shinshindo shop.
Kyodai Kitamon-mae is located at 88 Kitashirakawa Oiwake-cho, Sakyo District,
Kyoto City and is open from 8:00 to 18:00 every day except Tuesday.
At 10:00: Visit the Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa
Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa is the cornerstone of the Mitsui Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Japan.
This place just opened to the public in 2016.
The building was completed in 1925 after the original structure made in the Meiji period (1868-1912) was transferred to this area,
and after the entrance was added.
This building is seen as an important cultural property because modern Japanese-style villas like this are quite rare.
The next place to visit is a three-minute walk from this villa.
Old Mitsui Family Shimogamo Villa is located at 58-2 Shimogamo Miyagawa-cho,
Sakyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 9:00 to 17:00 except Wednesday (if Wednesday falls on a national holiday, the villa is closed the next day). The entrance ticket costs 410 yen.
11:00: Stop by the Kawai Temple “Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan
which is a Shinto religious temple is closely related to Shimogamo Temple.
The worshiped god is Jimmu, mother of the first emperor. Jimmu was known as a protector and was worshiped as a goddess of beauty in ancient times.
You can visit this temple to pray for beauty.
One popular way to pray here is to draw a face on a hand-shaped votive sign board that can be purchased for 800 yen, with its own makeup equipment.
The next place to visit is a six-minute walk from this temple.
Kawai Temple is located at 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 6.30 to 17.00 every day. The entrance is free.
At 11:30: Take a walk around Shimogamo Temple “Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan
The official name of Shimogamo Temple is Kamo Mioya Temple. This is the main temple of 1,186 Kamo Temples throughout Japan. This temple is said to have been built in the BC period. No wonder this temple is considered the oldest Shinto shrine in Kyoto.
The entire area is filled with trees from the Tadasu no Mori Forest, an ancient forest from the Heian era that gives a magical feel.
The next place to visit is a 20-minute walk from this temple.
is located at 59 Shimogamo Izumigawa-cho, Sakyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 6:30 to 17:00 every day.
The entrance is free.
13.00: Walk along the Nakaragi road “Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan
The Nakaragi trail is famous as the Sakura Hallway on the left side of the Kamo River.
When the cherry blossom season passes, this hallway changes color to fresh green.
You can try hiking with family or friends while enjoying the solemn sound of a flowing river.
Kyoto Botanical Garden is near Nakaragi.
The next place to visit is a five-minute walk from Nakaragi Street.
The Nakaragi trail is located in Kamo Imai-cho, Sakyo District, Kyoto city and is open to the public all day.
At 13.30: Taste the sweets at the Malebranche Kyoto Kitayama Main Store “Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan
Malebranche, a sweet shop that has been open since 1982.
Is popular with thick langue de chats “Cha no Ka” teas and other Test-matcha sweets?
You will find a tavern where you can enjoy a variety of limited edition sweet snacks typical of Kyoto which are only available at this branch.
Kyoto Kitayama’s Malebranche Main Store is located in Kitayama-dori Shokubutsuen Kitayama Mon-mae,
Kita District, Kyoto City and is open from 9:00 to 20:00 every day. The shop is open from 10:00 to 19:30.
Is one of the most famous places in Kyoto.
It is known for its rich natural scenery and beautiful temples surrounded by fresh green leaves during the summer and red leaves during the fall.
Tourists and locals can also enjoy a leisurely walk around this area other than autumn because this place tends not to be crowded.
In this article, we will introduce a route for a tour from Sagano to Arashiyama on foot that allows you to enjoy the view of the surrounding bamboo trees and feel peace.
11:45 a.m.: Visiting Ayu no Yado Tsutaya “Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan
Ayu no Yado Tsutaya stands on Atago Kodo Street which is the road to Mount Atago.
This 400-year-old restaurant allows customers to enjoy a relaxed lunch while enjoying the green scenery and solitude of Kyoto. Their ayu (sweetfish) dish is famous for cooking for several weeks until the bones become soft.
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Ayu Rice Bowl for 1,620 yen consists of all ayu cooked with shoyu (soy sauce), mirin (sweet sake), and sugar.
This restaurant began to be established as a tea house that offers ayu and tea to visitors of Mount Atago in the Edo period (1603-1868).
The next place is 15 minutes walk from this place.
Ayu no Yado Tsutaya is located at 17 Saga Toriimoto Senno-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 11:30 am to 18:30.
Lunchtime starts from 11:30 to 14:30 (schedules may change).
Visitors can contact this restaurant at + 81-75-871-3330.
At 13:00, Stop by Giouji Temple. “Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan
has a beautiful moss garden and has appeared in one of Japan’s classic literary works called Heike Monogatari.
This temple is known as the temple where Giou met after suffering a broken heart from Taira no Kiyomori,
one of the strongest warriors in Japanese history.
The colored leaves around the temple are famous for offering comfort to visitors.
Even the view from Yoshino’s window frame was beautiful.
This window is called the “Rainbow Window” because the lattice colors the leaf shadow.
Moss park in the middle of the temple consists of more than 20 types of mosses.
In this hut, there are five wooden figures. One of them is Taira no Kiyomori.
The next place is a 10-minute walk from this place.
Giouji Temple is located at 32 Saga Toriimoto Kozaka-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 9:00 to 17:00 every day.
The entrance fee for Giouji Temple is 300 yen.
While the combined admission to Daikakuji Temple and Giouji Temple is 600 yen.
Visitors can contact this place at + 81-75-861-3574.
At 13.40, pay homage at the Jojakkoji Temple. “Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan
is a Nichiren temple in the middle of the Ogurayama Mountains.
Its unique name comes from Buddhist culture.
The temple hall is furnished with green leaves of the maple tree and the view of Kyoto City from the temple area is very beautiful.
The southern gate of Honkokuji Temple, the main temple of Nichiren, was moved here as Niomon.
The 12-meter high Tahoto Pagoda is surrounded by maples. “Itinerary” A walking tour in Japan
The next place is five minutes walk from this place
Jojakkoji Temple is located at 3 Saga Ogurayama Ogura-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 9:00 to 17:00.
The entrance fee for the temple is 500 yen.
Visitors can contact this place at + 81-75-861-0435.
At 2:20 p.m., take a photo at the Okochi Sanso Park.
This place was once the location of the second home of Denjiro Okochi, a film actor in the early Showa period (around the 1920s and 1930s).
At present, this traditional Japanese garden has become one of the cultural assets designated by the Japanese state.
It took more than 30 years to complete this garden.
From here, visitors can get stunning views of Ogurayama, Arashiyama, Hozugawa River, and Kyoto cities.
Another noteworthy sight of this park is its main pool.
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Walkthrough the bamboo forest that leads to Okochi Sanso Park.
There is also the Okochi Sanso Park Museum inside the park which exhibits photographs of the Denjiro Okochi panel.
The park is on the southern side of Mount Ogurayama which was popularized by Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (a popular collection of 100 classic Japanese poems).
Gekkoutei is near the top of the mountain.
Visitors can see the city of Kyoto and Mount Hieizan from this advantageous place.
The next place is a five-minute walk (to the North Gate) from this place.
Okochi Sanso Park is located at 8 Sagaogurayamada Tabuchiyama-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 9:00 to 17:00.
The entrance fee to the park is 1,000 yen, including matcha snacks. Visitors can contact this place at + 81-75-872-2233.
At 15:20, Visit Tenryuji Temple.
is the main temple of the Rinzaishu Tenryuji school. The place was designated as one of the world’s cultural heritage sites.
Sogenchi Garden, a garden inside the temple, is also designated as Japan’s first historic site.
The view of Arashiyama from this place is quite beautiful.
The “Unryuzu” artwork on the ceiling of the ceremony hall is equally amazing.
This work was painted by a Japanese artist, Matazou Kayama.
Sogenchi Park with views of Arashiyama
“Unryuzu” is a dragon painting, looking eight directions, drawn on 159 pieces of hinoki wood.
Usually open for public viewing on weekends, national holidays, and every day during special exhibitions held three times a year.
The next place is five minutes walk from this place.
Tenryuji Temple is located at 68 Saga Tenryuji Susukino Baba-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
he special exhibition “Unryuzu” starts from 09:00 until 17:00.
The cost to visit the park is 500 yen.
Visitors must pay an additional 300 yen if they want to see the temple hall and 500 yen to visit the ceremony hall.
Visitors can contact this place at + 81-75-881-1235.
At 16:00, hang out at Arashiyama OMOKAGE Terrace.
Terrace opens on the first floor of the Arashiyama Saga Art & Culture Museum.
Inside this cozy cafe, there are chairs facing the glass window.
where visitors can enjoy dishes from the Kyoto-style French restaurant, Gion Okumura.
In that place, visitors can taste famous restaurant cuisine while enjoying the view of the park.
Okumura Special Beef Stew Rice for 1,296 yen consists of rice, meat, and sauce which is full of umami flavor.
From the restaurant, visitors can enjoy the view of the park.
Arashiyama OMOKAGE Terrace is located in Saga Arashiyama 1F Art & Culture Museum,
11 Saga Tenryuji Susukino Baba-cho, Ukyo District, Kyoto City and is open from 10:00 to 17:00 except on Tuesdays (if holidays fall on Tuesday,
the next day will be closed ). Visitors can contact the place at + 81-75-882-1111.