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Tourist Spots in Southern Area

  • The Gracefulness of Old Temples–Travel the Pilgrims’ Path–

    The Yamashiro region is located in the southern area of Kyoto. Along the historical cultural axis linking Kyoto with the ancient capital of Nara are scattered many old temples heavily influenced by southern capital Buddhism. These form what is called the ‘Pilgrims’ Corridor.’
    This area is also home to Uji tea which is grown in a rich, natural environment surrounded by the three Katsura, Uji and Kizu Rivers and hilly and mountainous areas. Other brand local specialties, that the whole country can be proud of, are also produced in this region. Towns are being developed here in a distinctive way of their own as typified by the Kansai Science City.

  • Seated statue of Amitabha Buddha at Joruri Temple

    Seated statue of Amitabha Buddha at Joruri Temple

    Kizugawa City

    The national treasure Nine Amida Buddha statues even now convey Amida worship that was prevalent in the Heian period (794–1185).

    • address.40 Nishio Futaba, Kamo Town, Kizugawa City, Kyoto Prefecture
    • open.March to November 9:00 to 17:00, December to February 10:00 to 16:00
  • Byōdō-in

    Byōdō-in

    Uji City

    This temple is associated with the Fujiwara clan in the Heian period (794–1185). The clear-cut sight of the temple’s “Ho-o-do” or Phoenix Hall will leave a strong impression on you. Repairs have brightened up the look of this hall.

    • address.116 Ujirenge, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
    • open.8:30 to 17:30 (Reception until 15 minutes prior)
    • holidayOpen everyday
    • tel.0774-21-2861
    • visit website.
  • Den Kokuzomagai Butsu Buddha rock carving

    Den Kokuzomagai Butsu Buddha rock carving

    Kasagi Town

    The giant figure of Magai-butsu Buddha carved into the mountain rock face is a masterpiece.

    • address.Kasagiyama, Kasagi Koaza, Kasagi Town, Soraku District, Kyoto Prefecture
    • open.Summer 8:30 to 17:00, Winter 9:00 to 16:00
    • visit website.
  • Ikkyu Temple (Shuon-an Temple)

    Ikkyu Temple (Shuon-an Temple)

    Kyotanabe City

    This temple is associated with the famous Zen priest Ikkyu Sojun in the Muromachi period (1333 to 1573). The famous highlights of this temple are the fusuma or sliding door screen paintings by Kano Tan’yu and its beautiful scenic garden.

    • address.102 Takigisatonouchi, Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Prefecture
    • open.9:00 to 17:00 (Treasury House 9:30 to 16:30)
    • visit website.
  • Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine

    Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine

    Yawata City

    This old shrine was built in the Heian period (794–1185) for protecting the Emperor’s palace and is also mentioned in the Tsurezuregusa ‘Essays in Idleness.’ One of the Three Great Shrines of Japan.

    • address.30 Yawatatakabo, Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture
    • open.6:30 to 18:00 (Times may change depending on the season)
    • tel.075-981-3001
    • visit website.
  • Take-no-michi bamboo grove

    Take-no-michi bamboo grove

    Muko City

    This path is built in a bamboo grove which is famous as a bamboo shoot producing area. Here, you can take a relaxing walk and enjoy sunlight filtering through the bamboo leaves and the gentle breeze.

    • address.Between Shibayama, Terado Town and Nagano, Mozume Town (Nakakaido area) in Muko City
    • visit website.
  • Hoshaku Temple

    Hoshaku Temple

    Oyamazaki Town

    This old temple is located on the side of Mount Tenno and was often the stage of many historical events.

    • address.1 Oyamazaki Zenihara, Oyamazaki Town, Otokuni District, Kyoto Prefecture
    • open.9:00–16:00
  • Keihanna Commemorative Park

    Keihanna Commemorative Park

    Seika Town

    Located in Kansai Science City, this well-maintained park offers a expanse of grassy open spaces and a Japanese garden.

    • address.6 Chome 1 Seikadai, Seika Town, Soraku District, Kyoto Prefecture
    • open.Garden 9:00 to 17:00 (Admission until 16:30)
    • holidayClosed at year end and New Year
    • visit website.

For more tourist information, refer to the →Kyoto Prefecture Tourism Guide