Ninnaji

The following is a suggested half day itinerary for northern Kyoto, including the popular temples Kinkakuji and Ryoanji. This itinerary can be easily extended to a full day plan with a few additions.

Ryoanji (1 hour)

Take bus number 59 to Ryoanji and spend some time in contemplation at Japan's most famous Zen garden. Alternatively, it takes about 20 minutes to walk from Kinkakuji to Ryoanji.

Ninnaji (1 hour)

Walk a few more hundred meters to Ninnaji and check out its interesting temple grounds. Afterwards, consider continuing on to Arashiyama from nearby Omuro-Ninnaji Station.

Recommended additions

Daitokuji

Daitokuji is a large temple complex with many smaller subtemples and an excellent variety of Zen gardens. Consider visiting Daitokuji on your way to Kinkakuji if you do not mind a temple-heavy morning.

Hotels around Kyoto

Recommended Hotels
Backpackers Hostel Ks House Kyoto
One of Kyoto's most popular hostels. A ten minute walk from Kyoto Station.
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Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Located inside Kyoto Station, this is Kyoto's most convenient 4-star hotel.
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Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel
Elegant luxury hotel located near Sanjusangendo Temple.
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Khaosan Kyoto Guest House
Cheap and popular hostel located in the heart of the city near Kawaramachi Station.
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New Miyako Hotel Kyoto
Reasonably priced 3-star hotel located just across the street from Kyoto Station.
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Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto
Modern hotel along Sanjo Street close to Pontocho and other dining options.
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Page last updated: February 1, 2018