My favorite route to walk around Kyoto city starting at Kyoto Station is to visit Higashi Honganji, Shosei En and Sanjusangen-do, in order to see the east part of Kyoto. It took two hours including sightseeing. Using this route, you can see old Machiya (traditional merchant’s houses) and enjoy Kamogawa and Takase riversides.

Mt. Fuji from Bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto

Mt. Fuji from Bullet train between Tokyo and Kyoto

Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower

 

Higashi Honganji is the head of Jodo Shinshu Otani group and has a huge site with several buildings, Goei-do and Amida-do dating back to 1602. I usually meet up with my friends and family here, rather than Kyoto Station, because it is a much calmer and quieter space with less people.

Higashi Honganji

Higashi Honganji

One of superior priests of Higashi Honganji retired and built Shousei-en in 1635 near Higashi Honganji. It took about 10 mins to walk from Higashi Honganji to Shousei-en. The main buildings, such as  Shukuen-tei, a tea house and Kaito-ro, a Chinese corridor-style Bridge,were rebuilt in the 19th and 20th centuries, but these buildings and gardens are still astonishing to see.

Shosei-en Garden

Shosei-en Garden

 

After visiting Shosei-en Garden, you can walk to Sanjusangen-do visiting Takase River and Kamogawa River on foot in 20 mins.

Takase River

Takase River

 

Kamogawa River

Kamogawa River

 

Old building in Kyoto

Old building in Kyoto

Sanjusangen-do is my most favorite temple in Kyoto. Everytime when I visit Kyoto, I can not resist visiting here. There are about 1,000 Kannon statues, all the same size as humans. Each of them has different facial expressions and atmospheres. If you do Archery, this temple does Toshiya, a long-range Japanese Archery event, in every mid-January.

Sanjusangen-do

Sanjusangen-do