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Kyoto Half Day Guide - The Streets and Religious Sites of Gion

Luke K.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Luke K.

Last updated : Apr 28, 20223 min read

Itinerary Ideas

We introduce the most popular itineraries amongst our customers who choose tours on GoWithGuide. We hope it helps you to plan your perfect itinerary during your trip to Japan. In our fourth post of the series, we focus on the best sights to be visited in a half day tour of Kyoto.


This five hour itinerary takes you through some of the most traditional sights, including the area in and around the old entertainment streets of Gion. To Kennin-ji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, and finally Nishiki Ichiba Market.


1. Yasaka Shrine


Yasaka Shrine is not only beautiful, but the god of beauty resides here. Drinking sacred spring water is said to gain you beauty, which is why maiko and geisha come to Yasaka Shrine. Beauty water can also be applied to the skin, and praying here is said to grant you the power of a successful life. 

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2. Gion 

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A wander through the streets of Gion offers a chance to see a true representation of old Kyoto, in the style of maiko and geisha dressed in kimono. The rest of the streets here feature old houses, small restaurants, and tea houses, making it a great place to soak up the traditional atmosphere of a historic Kyoto.

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3. Kennin-ji Temple 

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One of the five most important temples of Kyoto, Kennin-ji also claims to be the oldest of Kyoto's Zen temples, and the impressive Zen garden reflects this fact. The most impressive sight within the temple buildings is the huge ceiling painting of the Twin Dragons, created in two years by Koizumi Junsaku to mark the 800th year anniversary of Kennin-ji's founding.

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4. Nishiki Ichiba Market 

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A huge market area selling a variety of traditional food, fish, and vegetables. You can try a vast array of unique foods local to Kyoto, along with famous sushi and tempura. The market is great to explore, and the atmosphere throughout the day can be enjoyed over the food itself. Search the market for some interesting examples of Kyoto cuisine, and stop off for a delicious lunch after a day of exploring the old Kyoto streets. 

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Shiga Tour Guide - Koichi W.

Koichi W.

4.95 / 5
(56 reviews)

Hi! I'm Koichi. I was born in Osaka, I studied in Kyoto when I was a university student. Now I live in Shiga next to Kyoto. I am a national government licensed tour guide. I have been guiding about 160 groups over the past twelve months. I usually guide my customers mainly in Kansai region including Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe and Shiga by public transportation systems. Well, I am curious about Japanese history, especially the history of Japan's ancient times since I was raised next to the world biggest mausoleum of the ancient Emperor called "Nintoku" in Sakai city Osaka which has just become one of the world cultural heritage sites. I dug out some ancient earthen ware vessels around there when I was a primary school student like the adventure archaeologist “Indiana Jones" (It’s our secret!!). That was my hobby. Now, one of my hobbies is outdoor activities such as mountaineering, kayaking, skiing and others. So I would like to take you to some good places where you can enjoy Japanese unique nature. I love to guide foreign visitors from all over the world. I think it is my calling or heavenly given job. Let's go and enjoy together! I hope to see you soon.                                                                                                                                 

Osaka Tour Guide - Takashi M.

Takashi M.

5.00 / 5
(17 reviews)

Hi, my name is Takashi!! When I go abroad, I think that how nice it would be to have a friend there and hang out together. I want you to feel like you have a friend in Osaka and we can go around and explore the city. I was born and grew up in Japan. And I speak English, Spanish and Japanese. I can be the perfect guide for you!! I can also guide you any other cities in Japan, just let me know where you wanna go :)                                                                                                                                 

Osaka Tour Guide - Kazuyoshi M.

Kazuyoshi M.

5.00 / 5
(5 reviews)

This tour mainly tours Osaka and Kyoto. I have lived in Osaka for 10 years and have been to Kyoto 300 times through tourism. I can also offer hands-on guided tours. I can offer maiko and geiko viewing, furoshiki (wrapping cloth) making, matcha (powdered green tea), professional acupuncture in ninja costume, and introduction-type experiences. My Instagram account has been viewed by 130,000 people in one month. Not to mention famous places. I can also guide visitors to places where foreign tourists do not usually go. I can be flexible. Best regards.                                                                                                                                 

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