Higashiyama area is among the most popular area in Kyoto, and is famous for numbers of shrines and its traditional landscapes of wooden buildings.
It's one of the must-go-place that travelers who want to experience the atmosphere of ancient Kyoto should visit.
Here in this blog, we would like to show the "Higashiyama cycling course" that we are recommending to our customers and some sightseeing spot you better go for people who are thinking about exploring the area around Kiyomizu-temple with bicycle.
(The red dot line on the map below shows the Higashiyama cycling course.)
1. After departing Fuune to the north, you will reach a big street called Gojo street（五条通）.
Go straight the Gojo street toward east for about 10 min. and you'll reach the Higashiyama Gojo crossroad （東山五条） on the photo below.
Here's the start point of our "Higashiyama cycling course".
Turn left and go straight the Higashi Oji street（東大路通）. (the vertical line on the map)
For those who are thinking about walking around Kiyomizu-temple after parking your bike, there is a Kiyomizu-zaka parking lot up on the Gojo-zaka.
The hill to the parking lot is diagonally in front on the left at the cross road.
(The blue P mark with white circle on our map shows the parking lot. The fee is 200 yen.)
If you want more information about the parking lot, below is the link to our blog about the 1-day parking pass.↓
②At the point you see the Yasaka tower on your right, cross the traffic light and go straight the Yasaka street.
(It's the fifth traffic light from the Higashiyama Gojo crossroad, the starting point. Approximately 3 minutes from there.)
In passing, if you keep going straight the Higashi Oji street, Yasui Konpira shrine, which is famous for the god of relationship, will appear on your left hand.
There is a stone called "縁切り縁結び碑( = Stone of cutting and connecting relationship)" in the shrine and it is said that if you go through the hole twice with the card called "Katshiro", you can cut the bad relationship and connect a new good one.
There is a free parking space for people visiting the shrine, so if you are interested, you can add to your cycling course.
3. Go straight the Yasaka street seeing the Yasaka tower in your front, and make a left turn at the end of the street.
(Yasaka street will be crowded on weekdays. If so, please get off and push the bike.)
There are several spot that is famous among Japanese and also forigners along the Yasaka street.
Yasaka Koshin-do （八坂庚申堂）which is famous for the colorful toy monkeys, is one of the popular photo-place in Kyoto that many girls visit.
At Minefu-do you can try various kind of bean snacks and traditional Warabi-mochi, so you can make a choice of sovernir for your friends there.
4. After making a left turn at Yasaka street, go straight and turn right at the first corner.
5. Make a left turn at the first corner here as well at this street.
Go straight this street called "Nene-no-michi (= Nene road)".
6. Turn right at the end of the Nene road and make a turn left at the first corner.
Keep going straight, you'll reach the Maruyama park so go thorough the park and the North gate of Chion-in as well.
You'll see the main gate of Chion-in on your right hand.
7. Go straight for a while the street below.
Make a right turn at the second crossroad, the one where you can see the red gate of the Heian Jingu shrine.
8. Going straight up the hill, there is a tunnel called "Nejiri Manbo tunnel" on your left hand, so go through this tunnel.
8. Here is the final destination of our Higashiyama course, Nanzen-ji!
Some shrines and gardens in Nanzen-ji require admission fee, but basically the area are free to look around and you can park your bike at the free parking space in front of the temple.
The course ends at Nanzen-ji, but it's also nice to go further north to visit Ginkaku-ji (Silver temple) or to just explore the Okazaki area on the west side (there're Heian-jingu Shrine, Kyoto animal zoo, Murinan-garden, etc.).
Here at Fuune, our staff will be glad to help you with your itinerary so that you can make the most of your day!
We will be looking forward for your visit:)