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Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Explore popular tourist spots

Our hotel is surrounded by tourist attractions ranging from popular leisure spots to places known for their scenic beauty.
Make a plan that matches your mood and get the most out of your trip.

京都鉄道博物館
Kyoto Railway Museum
About 20 minutes by bus and foot from the hotel

Japan's largest railway museum opened in 2016 with the concept to create a hub where society could connect with wider society. Encounter historically important trains, including the biggest locomotive in Japan and fifty three C62-type trains, including the first Japanese bullet train (Shinkansen). The driving simulator is also a must-see and you can enjoy a view of real running shinkansen and Kyoto tower from the Sky Terrace on the third floor.

京都国立博物館
Kyoto National Museum
About 15 minutes by bus and foot from the hotel

Come discover approximately 14,000 items including national properties and important cultural properties, such as deposited treasures from shrines and temples in Kyoto; and works of art and cultural arts made in Japan or those that came from other Asian countries. Discover two types of buildings; the first is called 'Meiji Kotokan Hall' with its impressive bricks (However, an exhibition regarding important cultural properties is not available now), the other is 'Heisen Chishinkan Wing' produced by Yoshio Taniguchi, a Japanese architect who designed The Museum of Modern Art in New York and GINZA SIX in Tokyo. In this latter building, in addition to the normal exhibitions, you can enjoy special ones organised twice a year.

伏見稲荷大社
Fushimi Inari Taisha
About 15 minutes by foot and train from the hotel

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is a must see for any tourist visiting Kyoto. It is the head shrine of approximately 30,000 Inari-jinja shrines in Japan and is where Inari Okami (the deity of agriculture) is worshipped. It is said that the Okami deities descended upon Inari Mountain in 711, and they have been enshrined as they are also believed to be deities of business and abundant harvest. The highlight is sure to be senbon torii- the thousands of torii gates which climb the mountain behing the main hall, which has been recognized as an important cultural property. The shrine continues to attract worshippers every day from all over the world for its iconic red gates.

元離宮二条城
Nijo Castle
About 25 minutes by foot and bus from the hotel

By the command of Ieyasu Tokugawa, this castle was constructed as a dormitory for provincial constables and shogun who were supposed to proceed to the ancient capital of Kyoto. The construction was finally finished during the period of Iemitsu Tokugawa, the third shogun of the family. There are many beautiful things to see at Nijo Castle including the Higashi Ote Gate (main gate); a Karamon gate with colorful sculptures; and corridors with "nightingale floors", floors which chirp like a bird every time you walk on them. The Ninomaru Palace, famous for its breathtaking partitions painted by Kano painters, is a great spot for art lovers, and the Ninomaru Gardens are a must see for thier classic Japanese design. Registered as a world heritage site in 1994, this place boasts many beautiful and historic spots that can't be missed!

京都水族館
Kyoto Aquarium
About 20 minutes by foot and bus from the hotel

Experience Japan's largest inland aquarium filled with 100% artificial sea water and meet approximately 250 species of marine creatures- that's around 15,000 animals! The aquariam is home to Japan's largest exhibit of Giant Japanese Salamanders, which has come to be recognised as a national monument. Here you can Immerse yourself in aquatic life with plenty of events held, including a daily dolphin show. There are even feeding programs, where you are the kids can get up close and personal with some of the friendlier members!

東福寺
Tofukuji Temple
About 20 minutes by foot and train from the hotel

Visit the main temple of the Rinzai Sect. One of Kyoto Gozan (the five great Zen temples in Kyoto), this temple was founded by the great statesman, Kujo Michiie, who wished to build a major temple for the sake of his family's reputation. The construction took 19 years and finally ended in 1255. The name Tofukuji was created from the “To” of Todaiji and the “fuku” of Kofukuji in Nara. You can also find subordinated halls such as the Sanmon Gate, Hatto (a lecture hall of Zen sects), Buddist altars, and numerous other national treatures and important cultural properties. The autumn foliage at Tsutenkyo Bridge and in the Japanese gardens are beautiful. This temple is a spectacular adventure through Japanese history and architecture.

八坂神社
Yasaka Shrine
About 30 minutes by foot and bus from the hotel

Come discover the spectacular main shrine of the 3,000 Yasaka shrines that exist across Japan! The famed vermilion Nishi-romon Gate is a landmark of the Higashiyama area. This shrine is also recognized as a nationally important cultural property and is reknowned for the thrilling Gion Festival held every July; it's one of the 3 biggest matsuri, traditional festivals, in Japan. This spot also attracts plenty of couples and a few lonely hearts as it includes Okuni Shrine, which is dedicated to a deity of marriage, many women flock to Utsukushi Gozensha, devoted to the three Munakata goddesses, Munakata-sanjojin, dedicated to beauty of the heart and body.

渡月橋
Togetsukyo Bridge
About 30 minutes by foot and train from the hotel

Appreciate the beauty of the symbol of the Arashiyama area which attracts many tourists to Kyoto! Contructed by Dosho, a disciple of Kobo Daishi and the priest who built Horinji Temple. The name 'Togetsukyo' literally means 'moon crossing a bridge' and comes from the fact that Emperor Kameyama described the view as if the moon was crossing the bridge. You will be deeply moved by the graceful view which echoes the surrounding mountains. This area attracts many people during Japanese sakura (cherry blossom) and maple tree viewing seasons.

下鴨神社
Shimogamo-Jinja
About 35 minutes by foot and bus from the hotel

Come to one of the oldest shrines in Japan that was registered as a World Heritage Site in 1994! The site is so historic that it is even described in the Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) and the Pillow book (Makura no Soshi) published in the Heian era. A famous deity of marriage is enshrined here and the Aoi Festival held in May attracts many visitors to Shimogamo-Jinja. Immerse yourself in a world of picture scrolls depicting Japanese aristocrats, you can also find Kawai Shrine, which features an elegant mirror-shaped ema votive plaque (kagami-ema).

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