5 days in Kyoto, Japan: hidden gems

Explore the hidden gems of Kyoto in a 5-day itinerary, covering serene temples, quaint streets, and vibrant local spots. Each day is planned to ensure you experience the true essence of Kyoto's rich culture and history.

Day 1

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji

A hidden gem with over 1,200 unique stone statues, each with its own character, providing a quirky and peaceful atmosphere.

Day 2

Adashino Nenbutsu-ji

An ancient temple with thousands of stone statues commemorating the souls of the dead, set in a peaceful bamboo grove.

Day 3

Philosopher's Path

A scenic canal-side path lined with cherry trees, perfect for a reflective walk and discovering small temples and cafes.

Honen-in Temple

A tranquil temple with beautiful gardens, moss-covered grounds, and a unique sand garden featuring seasonal designs.

Day 4

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha is a famous Shinto shrine known for its thousands of vibrant red torii gates.

Tofuku-ji Temple

A large Zen temple complex known for its beautiful autumn foliage, traditional architecture, and serene gardens.

Day 5

Nishiki Market

Known as Kyoto's Kitchen, Nishiki Market is a vibrant marketplace offering a variety of local food and goods.

Pontocho Alley

Pontocho Alley is a narrow street running along the Kamogawa River, known for its nightlife and dining options.

Day 6


A mountain temple in the northern part of Kyoto, accessible by a scenic hike or a short train ride.

Kifune Shrine

A shrine dedicated to the god of water, located in a picturesque valley with a famous stone staircase lined with lanterns.

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