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Address: 28 Zushiokukacho-cho, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto 607-8456, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-771-0390

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A great spot overlooking the city

I consider this place to be a slightly hidden gem. It's a little inconvenient to get there if you're short on time/energy as it's a pretty long walk from the nearest stations and... read more

Reviewed 8 July 2015
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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I believe the best way to enjoy this spot is to earn it, by hiking from the bottom. The usual path starts from Choin-in, follow the signs towards the Big Bell (the largest temple bell in Kyoto, I was told). Behind the bell are a set stairs that take you up hill. From there, it's leisure walk to the top... More 

Thank twotterdhc6
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

The views were awesome! We went late in the day to see the sun set and while we waited we stared at the beautiful colors of the trees!

Thank AndyDanica2016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Cherry blossams at night is absolutely stunning during the spring I live in Yamashina, so I sometimes visit there.d

Thank Satohi K
Melbourne, Australia
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Can't remember from where I read about this place, but I was determined to go once I saw the picture. A very nice lady in the tourist info office told me there's a Keihan bus going up to Shogunzuka on weekends. You can't use the Kyoto bus one day pass, but 230 Yen one way is very reasonable I think.... More 

1 Thank Jessica H
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Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

It's was my lucky day, I went there by driving a car. There's no public buses to shogunzuka, you only can go there by taxi or sightseeing bus and walking or hiking. When you reach the top of that hill you can see through the Kyoto city. The place is good for couples because look very romantic scenery.

Thank Pelangi Jingga D
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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509 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 575 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2015

A lovely viewpoint, on a clear day, to see Kyoto from above without jostling the crowds. The deck behind the temple building with the glass tea house is the more pleasant of the two viewing spots inside the temple. There is a free viewing deck a 100m before the temple at the public car park with more restricted vistas through... More 

2 Thank BadgerCT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Though it was cloudy with occasional showers, I went to the Syoren-in temple and the Syogunzuka Dainichi-do temple. The former is located at the foot of Mt.Higashiyama, and the latter is on the top, an isolated part of the Syoren-in temple estate. Those are located on a part of the Kyoto Trail, a 70- kilometer hiking trail stretching from the... More 

1 Thank AsukaSaki
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2015

I consider this place to be a slightly hidden gem. It's a little inconvenient to get there if you're short on time/energy as it's a pretty long walk from the nearest stations and bus stops. Perhaps for that reason (and it being a rainy Monday afternoon), there were only a handful of people there when I went (and no large... More 

3 Thank DiscoJul
Kyoto, Japan
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2011

I climb this hill often. It's only 15 minutes from the back of Maruyama park to the awesome view in this photo. Follow the trail up to the parking lot and view on the right. You can cross the parking lot and go right for another 10 minutes to hike to Kiyomizu temple. Follow signs (only in Japanese) marked as:... More 

8 Thank PetertheJustOkay

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