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Can You Walk Around Kyoto?

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Kyoto is one of the most walkable cities in Japan. In fact, you may walk around most parts of Kyoto without hiccups as many sidewalks are well-paved with visible signposts. Of course, the entire city of Kyoto is too big to walk around. Nevertheless, in terms of walkability, the majority of the districts in Kyoto are very pedestrian-friendly.

You can walk pretty much to and from major tourist attractions in Kyoto as well tourist areas such as Gion and Higashiyama, Kawaramachi, Philosopher’s Walk (Tetusgaku no Michi), Arashiyama, and Kamogawa River Noryo Yuka. If you are wondering what route to take when walking in Kyoto, we highly recommend walking from Chion-in Temple to Kiyomizu-dera and then down into Gion and back up to Higashiyama Station via Shirakawa Canal.

Nishiki Market is also a great spot to walk around without problems. If you are down for some shopping, walking around Shinkyogoku Street and Shijo-dori Avenue is like a walk in the park.

We get it. Walking is really one of the best ways to explore a new place. We at Kyoto Localized love to walk too. One thing we have learned from walking through the years (we are in the business of walking!), a comfortable pair of shoes is key to having the best time.

So, don’t forget to bring a comfortable and sturdy pair of shoes if you are planning to walk around Kyoto. Because really, no matter how good your walking plan or mood is, when your shoes are bad, it’s going to put a damper on your experience in Kyoto.

Of course, you can always take the train or even rent a bike in case the walking gets tough (no pun intended :)). Or, take a taxi if you must. There are a lot of them around, and they are relatively cheap. Got more questions about walking tours? Read everything you need to know about joining walking tours!


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