Higashiyama is a very large district of the city of Kyoto. This page is dedicated to the southern area
For the more famous main area of this district, where the famous Kiyomizudera
and other important spots are located, see this page
The two main attractions of the southern part of the vast Higashiyama district are virtually facing one another, we are talking about the temple Sanjusangendo and the Kyoto National Museum.
(admission 600 yen, opening hours 8-17, 9-16 16nov-31mar)
This temple is famous for what is kept inside, in the vast hall of the temple, which is also the longest wooden building of Japan (120 meters long). Inside this building you can see a collection of 1001 wooden statues made of Japanese cypress wood, carved between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, depicting the Buddhist deity Kannon. At the center of the building there is a main larger statue, surrounded by 500 smaller statues on its right and another 500 on its left. A view like this is the only one of its kind in Kyoto and it's really impressive, recommended visit.
the main hall of the Sanjusangendo
the incredible number of statues kept inside the temple Sanjusangendo
Kyoto National Museum
(variable admission fee, opening hours 09:30-20 on friday, other days 9:30-18, closed on mondays)
One of the four "national museums" of Japan, houses an extensive collection of art and archeology of pre-modern Japan and temporary exhibitions that vary widely throughout the year. More information on the official website
the Kyoto National Museum
Other attractions of the area are two almost unknown shinto shrines, Shinhiyoshi Jingū
, nothing special to say about them.
Pratical guide, how to get to southern Higashiyama
All the places mentioned on this page are close to each other, at a distance ranging from 1.5 and 2 km east of Kyoto station.
The nearest railway station is Shichijo station
along the Keihan Main Line
By the way, from Kyoto station is easier to take a bus (lines #100, #206 o #208) which stops just in front of the Sanjusangendo (Hakubutsukan-Sanjusangendo-mae
Map of southern Higashiyama
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Govoyagin
How to use Govoyagin
Govoyagin is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience
, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Govoyagin you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities
all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Govoyagin you can also buy tickets
for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table
in hundreds of restaurants.