2024-02-02 | Recommendations

Kiyomizu-dera Itinerary Starting From The Millennials Kyoto

After discussing with those of you who have stayed at our hotel, we have come up with the idea of creating an itinerary focusing on Kiyomizu-dera so you can enjoy many of the main tourist venues from our hotel. We have the feeling that this guide will be very handy for those of you are visiting Kyoto for a short period of time and for the ones who just need some last minute inspiration without having to do too much of your own research!

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We recommend going to Kiyomizu-dera at the beginning of your day trip since it is the only place that has opening and closing hours. By doing so, you will be able to stroll around without worrying about time restrictions!

From The Millennials Kyoto you have a few bus options but we would recommend you to take the 207 from the stop “Shijo Kawaramachi” (5 min walk down the street from our hotel). Get off at “Kiyomizu michi” and just walk up the hill around 10 minutes to get to Kiyomizu-dera (follow the signs, google map or just the flow of people).

After enjoying the breathtaking view from Kiyomizu-dera, you can walk along the merchant streets (Sannen Zaka and Ninen Zaka) all the way down to another nice temple: Kodai-ji.

Kodai-ji features a beautiful stone garden, a pond and a bamboo grove with displays of Azuchi-Momoyama period architecture. The path that leads to the temple is discrete, but worth a visit!

From there, it will only be a 5 minute walk to get to the colorful and famous Yasaka Shrine. The main hall is gorgeous itself, but you may also have the chance to attend some cultural performances while there!

From Yasaka shrine, you can walk back to The Millennials Kyoto by visiting the Gion district and the famous Hanamikoji and Gion Shirakawa-dōri, where you might bump into a Geisha or a Maiko if you’re lucky! (do not forget that when you see them, they are actually working and most likely to be on their way to an appointment, so be sure to respect their privacy and allow them to be on time to wherever they are heading to)

Photo by Toshiyuki IMAI

Don’t miss on the Minami-za building, a beautiful Kabuki theater. This theater has stood at this spot for over 400 years and is historic proof that Kyoto has always been and still is an important place for traditional arts in Japan.

Photo by Sergiy Galyonkin

Dining Spots

The best spots to eat will be around the Gion district. There you will have a wide range of restaurants. However, do not miss out on the street food! Sannen Zaka and Ninen Zaka are full of small shops where you can enjoy a wide variety of Japanese finger food. You might also have a few food stands at the Yasaka shrine depending on the time of year you visit.

For dinner, we also recommend you to try one of the many restaurants along Pontocho street. It is a tiny street, but it has many restaurants and bars, so we are sure you will find something that fits your tastes!

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And don’t worry, if you are too tired or on a budget, you can still come home to The Millennials Kyoto and cook your own dinner in our kitchen. We provide all the tools, a refrigerator to store your food and drinks, and a warm and cozy atmosphere to relax at the end of your day!

The Millennials Kyoto is the ultimate high-tech capsule hotel experience located in Kyoto’s bustling Kawaramachi district. IoT integration, and a lobby that doubles as a coworking space.

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