Popular sightseeing spots

 Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社

Fushimi-Inari is the head of Inari shrine among 30000 in Japan. It located in the mountain of South-East from Kyoto station and the area is called Inari-yama (Inari mountains). It has been respected as sanctuary since 700 AD.
One of the famous spots in this shine is "Senbon-Torii" (means there are 1000 Trio gate). The path towards the main shrine is full of red Torii gates. You can easily find Torii gates in everywhere in there and it is said there are more than 10000 gates in total. The view is unforgettably beautiful. From the first Torii gate to the top Torii gate, it will take for 40 minutes at least even you walk faster than usual or take even for 1 hour if you walk slowly and have a small break.
Basic information

[Address] Fukakusa-yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto-city, 612-0882 Kyoto
[Access] Approx. 3-minute on foot from JR Nara line Inari Station
Approx. 6-minute on foot from Keihan Main Line Fushimi-Inari Station eixt 2
Approx. 7-minute on foot from Keihan Main Line Fukakusa Station eixt 1
[Hours] 8:30am - 4:30pm
[Close] 7 days a week
[Estimate time] About 2 hours
[Website] http://inari.jp

Access information

[By train] Kyoto Station ⇒ JR Nara line [5 minutes / 140 yen] ⇒ Inari Station
[By bus] Kyoto Station bus stop ⇒ C4 depot "South Route 5" bound for "Takeda Staion(Higashiguchi)" [15 minutes / 230 yen] ⇒ Inari Taisha-mae bus stop


 Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima Shrine 厳島神社

"Itsukushima-shrine" is registered as UNESCO World Heritage and head of Itsukushima-shrine among 500 in Japan.
Itsukushima is selected the best 3 view of Japan and called "Aki-no-Miyajima" (Miyajima is also the best 3 views in Japan located in Tohoku area.)
There is Itsukushima-shrine which is one of the preeminent shrines in Japan. The shrine is built in the sea and famous as manner of Heian era palatial architecture from Heian period (794-1185).
The main building which is connected a vermilion corridors looks like the shine is as if it is floating in the sea when the tide rises.
You can also enjoy the view Setonaikai ocean behind. The view of the big red Torii gate built in the sea and other buildings made by woods will be unforgettably beautiful and you will not find the similar one even in Japan.
When the tide rises the main building looks like as if it is floating.
It is absolutely dignity due to its beautiful Japanese architect. The concept of being built in the sea is very unique and attractive.
Basic information

[Address] 1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-city, 739-0588 Hiroshima
[Access] Approx. 10-minute by ferry from Miyajimaguchi Ferry Terminal
[Hours] (January 6 - February 28) 6:30am - 5:30pm / (March 1 - October 14) 6:30am - 6:00pm / (October 15 - November 30) 6:30am - 5:30pm / (December 1 - December 31) 6:30am - 5:00pm
[Admission fee] Adults : 300yen / High-school student : 200yen / Junior high-school student, elementary school student : 100yen
[Website] http://www.miyajima-wch.jp/jp/itsukushima

Access information

[By train]
Miyajimaguchi Station ⇒ [Approx. 5-minute on foot] ⇒ Miyajimaguchi Ferry Terminal ⇒ [Approx. 10-minute by ferry] ⇒ Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine)


 Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple 金閣寺

It is well-known as Kinkaku-ji shrine but the official name is Rokuon-ji shrine.
It was registered The World Heritage as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" in December, 1994.
The building Kinkaku is the part of Shariden (reliquary hall) which is built Rokaku architect and the inside and outside is decorated by gold foil. Kinkakuji is indicated all the area.
Unfortunately, all the buildings were lost due to the fair in 1950. However, it was re-built almost perfectly in 1955.
There is the beautiful garden "Chisenkaiyu-siki-garden" (a type of Japanese garden with a pond in the centre ) around Kinkaku. Kyokochi pond exists in the center and you can find large or small islands, the rocks and stones collected from many countries, then also Mt. Kinugasa behind. The garden is registered as a special historical sites and a place of special scenic beauty in Japan.
Basic information

[Address] 1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-city, 603-8361 Kyoto
[Access] 1 minute on foot from Kinkakuji-michi bus stop
[Hours] 9:00am - 5:00pm
[Close] 7 days a week
[Admission fee] Adults : 400yen / Junior high-school student, elementary school student : 300yen
[Website] http://www.shokoku-ji.jp/k_about.html

Access information

By bus

Take Kyoto bus No.205 (towards Kitaoji bus terminal) from Kyoto station or Kyoto City bus No.101 (towards Kinkakuji), then get off Kinkakuji bus stop.

Take Kyoto City bus No.205 (towards Kitaoji bus terminal) from Hankyu-Kyoto line Shijokawara station and get off Kinkakujido bus stop or take Kyoto City bus No.12 (towards Ritsumeikan-Daigaku (Ritsumeikan University) and get off Kinkakuji station.