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Walking in Kyoto! 8 walking courses in Kyoto where you can take a casual stroll or a strenuous walk and see spectacular scenery.

Walking in Kyoto! 8 walking courses in Kyoto where you can take a casual stroll or a strenuous walk and see spectacular scenery.

2021-07-09 Management office

If you would like to experience Japanese culture while strolling through the streets of Kyoto, we recommend you to take a walk in Kyoto. Take a slow walk and see the beautiful cityscape, discover modern Japanese-style stores, and many other sights in Kyoto. And what we recommend is a walk to see the scenery that can only be seen in Kyoto. If you go up the mountain a little, the scenery there will also be spectacular.
In this article, we will introduce some of the best courses for a walk in Kyoto, so take your time and enjoy a leisurely stroll.
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Gion Shijo

In Gion, where the scenery is typical of Kyoto, there are various streets such as Hanamikoji Dori and Ishibe Dori that are perfect for a stroll. Tatsumi-daimyojin is also located here, so you will be surprised at how much fun you can have if you go out with the intention of walking.
It is about 1.4 km from Gion Shijo to Niningsaka, so you can enjoy a pleasant stroll. You may occasionally encounter a maiko (apprentice geisha).

Let's go up to Niningsaka.

Niningsaka and Sanneizaka, which lead up to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, are stone-paved sightseeing spots, lined with elegant souvenir shops. On the way to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, there is also Yasaka Koshindo Hall and a five-story pagoda, which will make you feel as if you are strolling through the city of Kyoto.
It is also known as the slope of Kyoto, and is characterized by its gently sloping path. Legend has it that if you trip and fall here, you will die within two years, meaning be careful of the cobblestones.
There are many souvenirs that you can only find here, so please stop by as you go.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Gion Shijo
Address: 〒605-0000 Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Space and Facilities: A stone-paved path runs along the Kamo River. You can enjoy the rows of cafes and souvenir shops in old houses.

road of philosophy

The Philosopher's Path, which runs from Eikando to Ginkakuji Temple, is a perfect walking course.
It is one of the 100 best roads in Japan, and was named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida and others who used to walk along it while pondering their thoughts. It is also famous for fireflies flying in the summer nights, so we recommend that you watch your step at night to see them.

There are creatures in the river, too.

There are creatures living in the river, but the Philosopher's Path is characterized by many cats. You can enjoy walking around the various architectural structures and stores.
Is it because this walk is unique to Kyoto that if you go a little off to the side, you will find shrines and temples such as Kumano-Wakaoji Shrine, Otoyo Shrine, Reikanji Temple, and Honenin Temple? Please enjoy your walk while taking a side trip.
There are also many sweet shops, so let's take a break along the way.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Philosophy Path (Tetsugaku no Michi)
Address: Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8401, Japan
Space and Facilities: Take a walk along the path named Philosophical Path, which was named after the philosopher who walked it while pondering. There are souvenir shops and sweet shops, making it a good walking course.

Kamogawa Delta

The Kamo River Delta, a famous healing spot in Kyoto, is a delta (delta) located at the confluence of the Takano River and the Kamo River.
Located just a short distance from Demachiyanagi Station, it is a relatively easy walk to get to.
The Kamogawa Delta is often used for filming movies, including Patchigi and Kamogawa Horumo.

The famous stepping stones are the anime Keion! as well.

Not only do tourists fly over the steppingstones, but in fact the locals also use them as a means of passage, and some stones are shaped like turtles and others like birds.
The forest behind the Kamo River Delta is the Tadasunomori forest of Shimogamo Shrine. It is said that wild raccoon dogs live in this forest!
It might be a good idea to take a walk there and look for wild raccoon dogs.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Kamogawa Delta
Address: Shimogamo-Miyagawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-0801
Space and Facilities: Take a walk around the delta where the Takano and Kamo Rivers meet, where lots of nature remains.

Great Text Mountain

How about a little trekking up the mountain?
Daimonji, famous for the Gozan bonfires, is close to the city and at 466 meters above sea level, it is an easy mountain to climb. The view from the top of the mountain is recommended for its spectacular panoramic view over Kyoto City.

The mountain road leads up to ...... a spectacular view!

As you walk up the mountain path, you may encounter wild deer. It is also quite a fun and interesting experience. It takes about one hour from the Ginkakuji-michi bus stop to the top of the mountain if there is nothing to do from the start.
Of course, you can also walk to the fire place of the bonfire marked by that "big ".
Please come and visit us for a memorable visit to Kyoto!

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Daimonjiyama (Mt. Daimonji)
Address: Nyoigatake-cho, Awataguchi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8452, Japan
Space and Facilities: You can walk up Mt. Daimonji, famous for the Gozan Bonfire. You can also see wild deer.

Kekkami Incline

The Keage Incline is an inclined railroad track that has been preserved as a walking course.
This seemingly endless track is 582 meters long and is said to be the longest in the world. The straight line of the track reminds me of Stand By Me.
Cherry trees are planted next to the railroad tracks, and during the cherry blossom season, many people walk around the area as a cherry blossom viewing spot.

Fresh green season is also recommended!

It is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, so you can go at any time of the day, but at night there are no lights, so watch your step.
Cherry blossom season is nice, but I recommend the season of fresh greenery. Walking through the endless forest while talking with someone about unimportant things will also be a memorable experience.
If you take a side trip, you can see the Suijikaku at Nanzenji Temple, which is also a must-see. There is also a yudofu specialty restaurant, Nanzenji Junjo, and a café, so we recommend taking a break there after walking.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Keage Incline
Address: 〒605-0044 339 Higashi-Koza-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Space and Facilities: This is a walking course where the remains of an incline railroad are still intact. The track is 582 meters long, making it the longest in the world.
URL: https://www.city.kyoto.lg.jp/suido/page/0000007477.html

Kam Market

A walk around Nishiki Market, the kitchen of Kyoto, is also recommended. In addition to the market, there is also the Nishiki Market Shopping Street, which offers a wide variety of souvenirs and delicious, inexpensive restaurants that can only be found near the market. Try to go out early in the morning, as the stores with seafood fish from the market close early in the morning and close around noon. Of course, other stores are open!
It is a place with many interesting discoveries. We encourage you to take a stroll.

Fruit Parlor Yaoiso

Fruit sandwiches made with plenty of fresh fruit and fruit parfaits are very popular not only among tourists but also locals. It is a fruit parlor that has been there as long as it has been there, and it is surprising that it has been featured in such films as Detective Conan! If you get tired during your walk, drop by.

"Store Information "
Name: Fruit Parlor Yaoiso
Address: 496 Tachinakamachi, Shijo Omiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8389, Japan
Phone number: 075-841-0353
Business hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Budget: 1,000-1,999 yen
No smoking and no eating: No smoking at all seats
Space and Facilities: A long-established fruit parlor that has been in existence since 1872, where you can enjoy the fruit sandwiches that the orchids ate.
URL: http://yaoiso.com/


Ponto-cho is the best place to enjoy a stroll in Kyoto.
Maiko (apprentice geisha) walk and all the high-end stores are lined up, but walking is free (free of charge). It is recommended to take a walk while enjoying the unique streetscape and scenery of Kyoto. Especially at night, you can enjoy the many people. Surprisingly, there are some cheap places to drink, so it is recommended to look for them.

Since I came to Kyoto, I want to see maiko!

Ponto-cho at night is full of Kyoto atmosphere with the sounds of maiko (apprentice geisha) playing shamisen (three-stringed Japanese banjo) and lighting lanterns.
After practicing at a singing and dancing parlor and debuting as a maiko, one can become a geiko. Even today, playing the role of a geiko is still considered a status in Japan, and is seen as an activity for the best of the best.
I would like to play with them someday. If you walk around Ponto-cho, you may meet a maiko on her way to her tatami room.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Pontocho
Address: Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Space and Facilities: If you take a walk in Ponto-cho, which is famous for its maiko's ozashiki (formal Japanese room) entertainment, you may head for the ozashiki and meet a maiko. The narrow street is paved with stone pavement and lit by lanterns at night, creating a great atmosphere.

Kuya Waterfall

Falling vertically from a height of 15 meters, the waterfall is said to be the place where Kuya Shonin practiced asceticism. Even today, there is a dojo for ascetic ascetics, and there are actually people practicing asceticism there. The water splashes, so a kappa is a must, but it is a place worth visiting and is famous as a power spot.
The spot is cool even in summer, and the mossy landscape is also spectacular. It is a good walking course, but be sure to wear sneakers as the footing can be slippery.

The atmosphere is excellent!

The atmosphere is also outstanding until you reach the mysterious waterfall.
The path is surrounded by a stream and trees, and the scenery alone is enough to fill one's heart with contentment. There are many stone monuments such as Fudo Myoo, so it is recommended to walk along the path while finding them.
Just looking at the waterfall is soothing.

"Facility Information "
Facility name: Kuya no Taki Waterfall
Address: Kiyotaki-Gekinowa-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Space and Facilities: You can see a waterfall falling vertically from a height of 15 meters at the foot of Mt.


What do you think? We recommend taking an easy and enjoyable stroll in Kyoto, but we also recommend taking a strenuous stroll and taking in the spectacular views. You can enjoy the cityscape, culture, and nature from various angles.
There are many places to see in Kyoto, and we hope that your walk will be as memorable as possible.

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