Yasaka Shrine to Kiyomizu temple via the “secret” forest path

Avoid the crowds following a natural and easy path in the forest connecting two of Kyoto’s major attraction

An easy hike for everyone starting from Yasaka shrine. After entering the shrine precint we will first walk through Maruyama park, famous for its amazing weeping cherry blossom tree set and the foot of a picture perfect pond, and will then continue to Chion-in temple. We will approach the temple complex through the impressive Sanmon Gate and then check out Japan’s biggest temple bell. We will enter the forest just behind the bell and walk gently uphill through the forest until we will reach Shogunzuka Seiryuden Hall and garden. From its massive wooden terrace you will have a magnificent 360 view of Kyoto and its surroundings. After visiting the small but impressive garden we will start our descent following again a natural forest path that will lead us to a ‘secret’ back entrance of Kiyomizu temple, possibly the most famous temple in the city. After a stroll in the temple gardens we will descend through the historical streets of Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka.

Day 1
From Yasaka shrine to Kiyomizu temple through the "secret" forest route

– Yasaka Shrine

– Maruyama Park

– Chion-in temple

– Forest path

– Shogunzuka Seiryudan viewing platform and garden

– Forest path

– Kiyomizu temple

Included in the price:

  • - My time and service as your guide.
  • - My entrance fees.

Not included in the price:

  • - Refreshments and snacks
  • - Entrance fees
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How long is this tour?

It’s about 6 km.

How fit do I need to be?

The hike is relatively easy but it requires a steady but not steep climb all the way up to the viewing platform. Beware of the heat and humidity in summer.

How many hours does it take?

It takes about 3 hours.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the season and shoes suitable for walking. Light hiking boots are recommended after rainy days. Bring also sunglasses or some eye protection and a hat in summer.

Is the tour on in case of rain?

The hike will be cancelled only in case of really inclement weather. In case of light and not persistent rain the tour goes ahead, make sure you wear the appropriate gear.

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Trip Facts

  • Walking
  • Max 8 people