Cross the Kamogawa River and discover shrines and temples aplenty, Eastern Kyoto awash with sights to savour and a great deal to see and do. Be sure to set aside sufficient time to explore the narrow streets here, as this is no place to rush. To do this properly, it’s important to take things slowly.
Start at Kiyomizudera, one of Japan’s most celebrated temples, before heading towards Higashiyama, a preserved historic district that demands to be explored. Ginkakuji is always worth a visit, whilst Gion — the famous Geisha district — is not to be missed. This is a peaceful place, its cobbled streets a far cry from Japan’s modern urban hubs, and with Kyoto’s Eastern Mountains providing a picturesque backdrop, you’ll find strolling the winding lanes and alleys here an enjoyable experience.
Be sure to look out for the Philosopher’s Path, a beautiful trail lined with cherry trees. Visit during spring and you’ll be treated to a spectacular natural show, with the blossom out and beautiful flowers all around.