Kyoto Sightseeing Plan – 2 Nights 3 Days in April

Since I moved to Kyoto years ago, my family and some of my friends have visited me. And usually I am the tour guide, naturally. And I’m always happy to do it because I want my family and friends to know more about this great historical city.

From April 14th (Sunday) – 16th (Tuesday) my parents will be staying in Kyoto. So now I’m making a plan for them.

The Cherry blossoms in Arashiyama
The Cherry blossoms in Arashiyama

This time I took cherry blossoms into consideration. Most of them have finished, but some are still in full bloom. So I will prioritize those places. If you are visiting today or tomorrow hoping to view the last cherry blossoms, I recommend you do the same (you can adjust the time).

Day 1
14:00 Kyoto Station and
Checkin (Shin Miyako Hotel)
14:30 – 17:00 Go to Kamigamo Shrine (220 yen by City bus).
17:00 – 18:00 Cafe time at Maeda Coffee.
18:00 – 19:00 Illumination Event at Rokkaku Temple held by the biggest flower arrangement organization Ikenobo.
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner around the Karasuma Oike area (there are hundreds of choices).
20:00 – 20:30 Go back to the hotel.

Day 2
9:30 – 11:00 Go to Ohara via City bus (Line 17) from Kyoto Station (580 yen) or take the subway Karasuma line and get off at Kokusai Kaikanmae and take the City bus (Line 19).
11:00 – 12:30 Visit Ohara Sanzenin Temple (700 yen).
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch in the Ohara area.
13:30 – 14:30 Visit Hosenin Temple (800 yen with green tea and traditional sweets)
14:30 – 16:00 Go back to Kyoto Station. 
16:00 – 17:00 Take the JR Sanin Honsen Sagano Line and get off at Nijo Station.
17:00 – 18:00 Walk around the Sanjokai arcade and have a relaxing cafe/tea time.
18:00 – 19:00 Go to Nijo Castle for the illumination event.
19:00 – 19:30 Take the subway Tozai line and get off at Karasuma Oike station. Find a restaurant.
19:30 – 20:30 Dinner.
20:30 – 21:00 Go back to the hotel.

Day 3
9:00 – 10:00 Take the subway Karasuma line and get off at Karasuma Oike station. Take the subway Tozai Line and get off at Higashiyama station and walk to Heian Jingu Shrine.
10:00 – 11:00 Visit Heian Jingu Shrine and walk down Lake Biwa canal.
11:00 – 11:30 Walk back to Higashiyama station.
11:30 – 12:30 Take the subway back to Kyoto station.
12:30 – 13:30 Eat lunch at the underground restaurant complex.
13:30 – 14:00 Walk to Higashi Hongaji Temple and pray for a safe trip.
14:00 – 14:30 Go back to Kyoto Station.

Photo of Heian Jingu Shrine
Heian Jingu Shrine

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