4 Simple Steps to Plan Your Kyoto Sightseeing

Stage of Kiyomizu
Stage of Kiyomizu

As mentioned so many times on this website before, Kyoto has a large amount of spots to see. Limiting the spots to World Heritage Sites, there are 15 places. And although World Heritage Sites are worth visiting, it is obvious that there are many more places to see in Kyoto. Nanzenji Temple, Heian Jingu Shrine, Kamogawa River, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Higashi Honganji Temple, Sanjyu Sangendo Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Kodaiji Temple… these are just a few examples of the famous sightseeing spots in Kyoto.

Simply put, there are too many places to visit in a few days. But of course, most people think that visiting as many places as possible is desirable, especially for those who come from foreign countries.

So, here are 4 easy steps to plan and visit the sightseeing spots scattered around Kyoto. Note that the following procedure is designed for a 3 day trip.

1. Check out information resources about Kyoto’s sightseeing spots such as our Kyoto e-Guidebook. And determine which spots are interesting and worth visiting.

2. Draw a rough map of Kyoto on a piece of paper. Divide it into three with two horizontal or vertical lines.

3. On the map, write in the spots you chose based on the research.

4. Apply Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3 to the three sections, and carefully decide the order to visit the spots in each section. It is good idea to use a transportation method there and back from the hotel, and walk between the spots.

Note: Be sure to check the days each sightseeing spot closes. For example, many museums close on Mondays. And it is the rule of thumb that most temples close at 16:00 – 17:00.

In ourKyoto e-Guidebook, there are plenty of information which will be helpful when making a plan.

Learn more about our Kyoto e-Guidebook here.

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