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10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Kyoto, Japan

Best Places to Visit in Kyoto, Japan
[Arashiyama Bamboo Grove | Image Courtesy of Walter Mario Stein / Unsplash]

10 Most Instagrammable Spots in Kyoto, Japan

Though known for its kaiseki (traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) and still-thriving geisha culture, the dazzling city of Kyoto never runs out of Instagram-worthy spots.

From temples and shrines to gardens and century-old streets, Kyoto does not disappoint at every turn.

Unraveling all these picturesque tourist spots in Kyoto on your own is never easy. That’s why we want to do all the work for you. All you need is to relax right there and read through our list of 10 most Instagrammable spots in Kyoto.

1. Togetsukyo Bridge

Togetsukyo Bridge - Walking Tour Kyoto
[Togetsukyo Bridge | Image Courtesy of Agustin Rafael Reyes / Flickr]

Togetsukyo Bridge spans 155 meters across the Katsura River connecting Saga Arashiyama. What makes it a picture-perfect spot is the scenic footpath and lush hills projecting in the background. Can you imagine how magnificent this spot transforms each season?


2. Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple - Walking Tour Kyoto
[Kiyomizu Temple | Image Courtesy of Jordy Meow / Wikimedia Commons]

Kiyomizudera is one of the most stunning temples in Kyoto. The temple is conveniently located at the center of scenic greenery. But right from its large open-air wooden terrace is another experience as you will be treated with a wonderful view of Kyoto in all its glory.

Kyoto Localized offers a free walking tour in Kyoto where English-speaking local tour guides will bring you to Kiyomizudera and few other landmarks in the city.


3. Toji Pagoda

Toji Pagoda - Walking Tour Kyoto
[Toji Pagoda | Image Courtesy of Kalexander2010 / Flickr]

This 5-story pagoda stands 57-meter tall in the middle of Toji Temple, the biggest and one of the most stunning Buddhist temples in Kyoto. Toji Pagoda was first built in 826 and has remained to be the tallest wooden pagoda in Japan.


4. Kyoto Botanical Garden

Kyoto Botanical Garden - Walking Tour Kyoto
[Kyoto Botanical Garden | Image Courtesy of KimonBerlin / Flickr.jpg]

The Kyoto Botanical Garden is an underrated hideaway among nature lovers. For a minimal fee, this botanical garden offers an astonishingly wide variety of flora (staggering 12,000 species of plants) and a landscape that changes in the season.


5. Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower - Walking Tour Kyoto
[Kyoto Tower | Image Courtesy of Jonathan Cho / Unsplash]

Kyoto Tower is the highest structure in Kyoto standing 131 meters tall. The outside ground is already an Instagram-worthy spot with the iconic tower as your background. For a fee, you can go up the observation deck to get a full 360-degree view of Kyoto.


6. Kifune Shrine

Kifune Shrine - Walking Tour Kyoto
[Kifune Shrine | Image Courtesy of Yoshie Yokouchi / Unsplash]

Kifune Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the small town of Kibune north of Kyoto. It’s quite popular for its visually striking stone stairs lined with red lanterns that light up at night.


7. Yasaka Pagoda

Yasaka Pagoda - Walking Tour Kyoto
[Yasaka Pagoda | Image Courtesy of Sorasak / Unsplash]

One of the most iconic sites in Kyoto is Yasaka Pagoda, a 5-story, 46-meter structure standing tall inside Buddhist Hokanji Temple (now gone) in Higashiyama. Yasaka Pagoda is hard to miss if you are strolling around Gion and Higashiyama. Anywhere around the area where Yasaka Pagoda can be seen makes for a great Instagram photo.


8. Philosopher’s Path

Philosopher’s Path - Walking Tour Kyoto
[Philosopher's Path | Image Courtesy of Pablo Padierna / Flickr]

The Philosopher’s Path is a meditative pedestrian trail right off the sides of Lake Biwa Canal which is covered in cherry blossom trees. It’s perfect for Instagram photos during cherry blossom seasons when the trees are in full bloom.


9. Fushimi Inari Shrine

Fushimi Inari Shrine - Walking Tour Kyoto
[Fushimi Inari Shrine | Image Courtesy of Eleonora Albasi / Unsplash]

Of course, we are not wrapping this roundup up without Fushimi Inari Shrine — one of Kyoto’s most tagged places on Instagram. This iconic Shinto shrine is home to more than 1,000 vermillion torii gates — something that you’ve probably seen all over Instagram.


10. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove - Walking Tour Kyoto
[Arashiyama Bamboo Grove | Image Courtesy of Walter Mario Stein / Unsplash]

Another Instagram-worthy contender is Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Like Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is also one of Kyoto’s most tagged spots on Instagram where thousands of towering bamboo stalks abound.


Kyoto is the heart of Japan and has rich history and culture. Our walking tours will show you why. On our Walking Tours you will learn about the Old and New Kyoto, tradition, religion, history, food, and culture. Free Walking Tours in Kyoto | Kyoto Walking Tours. Book your free walking tour of Kyoto today.


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