Where to go on your first day in Kyoto



Where to Go on Your First Day in Kyoto




LOCATION:Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Nishiki Market

HIGHLIGHTS:Temples and shrines, snacking and strolling


(Excludes transportation fees)

This one-day plan will take you by bus and train to three of Kyoto's most iconic locations: Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and Nishiki Market.

Kyoto Station

icn_plan_train.png icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 5 min

  • 5 min. ride on the JR Nara Line bound for Joyo (140 yen) → Inari Station → brief walk from station

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

  • TIME NEEDED:1 hour
  • COST:0 YEN

Get some great pictures as you wind your way through tunnels of orange torii gates.

icn_plan_train.png icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 30 min

  • Fushimi Inari Station → 6 min. on the Keihan Main Line bound for Demachiyanagi (210 yen) → Kiyomizu-gojo Station → 25 min. walk from Station up Chawan-zaka hill

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

  • TIME NEEDED:30 min
  • COST:300 YEN

A UNESCO World Heritage site, this temple offers a stunning view of Kyoto city from the wooden stage that extends from its main hall. While you're there, take a sip of the water flowing from the mountains of Kiyomizu Temple at Otowa Waterfall for good luck!

icn_plan_walk.png brief walk

Jishu Shrine

  • TIME NEEDED:30 min
  • COST:0 YEN

Located within the compound of Kiyomizu Temple, Jishu-jinja Shrine is considered Kyoto’s oldest matchmaking shrine. If you want some insight into your love life, check out the popular Love Fortune-Telling Rocks. It's said that if you can successfully walk from one stone to the other with your eyes closed, then you'll find your true love!

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Tamejiro Kiyomizuzaka store

  • TIME NEEDED:45 min
  • COST:980 YEN

This is a Japanese-style cafe run by a store that sells yatsuhashi, one of Kyoto's famous confectionaries. We suggest trying the delicious matcha parfait. Yum~ In addition to sweets, they have an extensive menu including chicken broth-based Kyoto-style ramen for 980 yen.

icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 5 min


  • TIME NEEDED:45 min

Pick up some Kyoto-esque knick knacks, souvenirs, and some snacks as you walk around this gorgeous area.

icn_plan_car.png icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 30 min

  • 10 min. walk → Higashioji-dori Street → get a taxi near the Kodaijiminamimon-dori crossing → 20 min. by taxi (1,080 yen for approx 2 mi / 3.5 km) → Nishiki Market *Taxi fare and travel time may change depending on traffic

Nishiki Market

  • TIME NEEDED:1 hour

Enjoy a stroll down this shotengai or shopping street filled with all the ingredients needed for traditional Kyoto cooking. Many of the shops also sell snacks so feel free to eat as you go! The nearby Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine is said to be a good place to pray for academic or business-related success.

icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 5 min

Kyogoku Kaneyo

  • TIME NEEDED:45 min
  • COST:2,100 YEN

Try the Kinshi-don, eel covered with a thin layer of omelet and served over rice, for 2,100 yen.

icn_plan_walk.png icn_plan_train.png Approx. 20 min

  • 15 min. walk → Shijo Station → 5 min. ride on the Subway Karasuma Line (210 yen) → Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station


The areas of Sanneizaka, Ninenzaka, and Nishiki Market are filled with stores selling Kyoto specialties such as yatsuhashi, matcha, and shichimi-togarashi spice. There are also a number of both Japanese-style and modern cafes that serve Japanese sweets like mochi rice cakes and sweet red adzuki beans. It's a great place to pick up some souvenirs, grab a bite, or just walk around to take in the atmosphere of Kyoto. When planning your day, keep in mind that many of the stores in Nishiki Market close at 6:00pm




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