Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizu temple, the 'secret' forest route in the heart of Kyoto


Tour Number

Activity Level



City, Hiking and Walking, Religious Heritage


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Italian (fluent), Japanese (conversational)

Avoid the crowds following a natural and easy path in the forest connecting two of Kyoto's major attraction

An easy hike for everyone starting from Yasaka Shrine. After entering the shrine precint we will first walk through Maruyama Park, famous for its amazing weeping cherry blossom tree set and the foot of a picture perfect pond, and will then continue to Chioin temple. We will approach the temple complex through the impressive Sanmon Gate and then check out Japan's biggest temple bell. We will enter the forest just behind the bell and walk gently uphill through the forest until we will reach Shogunzuka Seiryuden Hall and garden. From its massive wooden terrace you will have a magnificent 360 view of Kyoto and its surroundings. After visiting the small but impressive garden we will start our descent following again a natural forest path that will lead us to a 'secret' back entrance of Kiyomizu temple, possibly the most famous temple in the city. After a stroll in the temple gardens we will descend through the historical streets of Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka.


- Yasaka Shrine
- Maruyama Park
- Chion-in temple
- Forest path
- Shogunzuka Seiryudan viewing platform and garden
- Forest path
- Kiyomizu temple

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at your hotel or outside Yasaka Shrine, whichever is the most convenient.

End location: Kiyomizu temple

Duration: 4 hours


This is a walking tour.

What’s Included

- My time and service as your private guide.
- My transportation and entrance fees.
- Personal itinerary consultation service and tailor-made tour

Estimated Local Cash Needed

700 yen - Admission fee to temple.

*Please notice that religious sites and small restaurants do not accept credit cards but cash payments only.

What’s Extra

- Admission fees to the temples.
- Refreshments and snacks.

We strongly advise that travellers should be covered by their own travel insurance.

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