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Hot springs and historic temples characterize the leafy landscapes of Northern Kyoto. Acres of tranquil residential streets are interrupted by some of Kyoto's most gorgeous architectural gems, including the majestic Golden Pavilion of Kinkakuji, the serene artistry of the Ryoanji Temple rock gardens, and the bold red paint across the structures of Enryakuji Temple. Once a religious core of the city, the district now boasts some of its most remote and peaceful hot springs, as well as a few of its best family-run mom-and-pop restaurants. A blend of extremely local at its outskirts, and highly peopled at its tourist centers, Northern Kyoto nonetheless retains a halcyon air in harmony with nature.
We visited on a beautiful sunny day which made the experience more amazing. The sun reflecting from the golden temple was breathtaking, sadly because its such a holy place the temple itself is not open to the public. That does not detract from the amazing site of the temple surrounded by a traditional Japanese garden which in itself is a...
Gardens and brush paintings are gorgeous. Some of the wooden statues on display are over
1,000 years old.We were fortunate to see the corridor with paintings that have not been exposed to light for the last 372 years! Exhibit ends 12/16/18
"One of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, part of two, away from the main city."
reviewed 1 week ago by lucem808
Honestly, I was heading here to see the Kasagake Shinji (Horseback Archery) which is in October, and generally starts around 1pm. I arrived a bit late (3:30pm), and all the events had ended by then, so presumably the crowds and traffic, too.
As an aside, map apps are still finicky with Kyoto Buses. My best advice is to use the...
The gardens, located in the north part of Kyoto, are really peaceful and quiet. Compared to the other gardens we saw in and around Kyoto, it felt a bit melancholic to me... But if you want to get away from the crowded temples, then that's most definitely a good place for you!
I visited Genkoan in November 2016. It was allowed to take photos everywhere in the temple, including photos of the famous windows. Personnel working there are treating visitors kindly. On Nov.17th there were still no red leafs inside the round window view and I was recommended to visit few days later if I want to see red leafs' view as...
My dad was hungry so stopped by to get something quick. We had matcha soft serve which was amazing. It had distinct matcha. I had green tea cheesecake which was very fluffy and lift. I got a hint of mascarpone and great taste of matcha. The coffe was strong and very good. They offer free WiFi.
"Wonderful little cafe to start or end a nice walk around temples close by"
reviewed 3 weeks ago by stacehutch
Visited this gem of a place many times. The food is great, staff are lovely and it has an outdoor or indoor area for sitting. I normally order the spaghetti bolognese with spinach spaghetti. It’s delicious! The food normally comes with a little origami crane. The first time we went someone showed us how to make one!
Before visiting the sacred shrines. We start our morning tea with あぶり餅 "aburi-mochi" in かざりや "Kazariya" just like the olden days. This place hasn't changed since ancient time.
Kazariya started since year 1656 and hosting locals from different prefectures ever since. Located opposite Ichiwa, the original shop which has been there since a thousand year ago. Competition still exists to...
I really really enjoyed the aburi-mochi here. We had like 4 plates, one after another, so yeah... its good. Its a little bit out of the way if you're visiting from the town centre but I think its worth the effort to come here and try it.
Charming traditional ryokan with clean facilities and extremely friendly staff. Late check in was no problem. Rather try to get a room in the annex. Very beautiful garden and neighborhood. Good for trips to Kosan-ji and the surrounding area.
We did not stay here long due to timings of transportation but what we saw was great. Our room was recently renovated so was spotless with a wonderful powerful shower. We are not use to sleeping on the floor on a futon but we wanted to try it. The duvet was delightfully thick, fluffy & warm. We could hear some...
"Guesthouse / ryokan - very well prepared for guests"
reviewed 20 November 2017 by The_Protagonist
we've stayed several night here - and it was good idea even if the place is outside of main attractions; it has decent access with city transportation nearby, it is quiet, very well organized (incl washing machine). Also the host is very supportive.
The only issue for us were breakfasts - no reasonable place nearby.
"Everyone should consider this tatami roomed well positioned hotel in Kyoto!"
reviewed 30 April 2016 by Kasia J
Europeans should not be put off by Japanese style hotels as this one offers very good size rooms with the option of a separate onsen style bath complex. We had a big balcony overlooking the river which provided lovely water sound effects at night. Easy access to central Kyoto by subway, train and bus (number 5). Subway station is about...
Located in north side of Kyoto, about 15 minutes to the Golden Pavillion.
It's a good option if you want to stay in quite area, avoiding crowded spots.
Have good conections to several bus lines that could take you to city center and train stations. (About 30 minutos by bus to Kyoto stations, for instance)
Surroundings have plenty options of...