Kyoto - Gion & Southern Higashiyama (PDF Chapter)

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Kyoto - Gion & Southern Higashiyama (PDF Chapter)

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This is the Gion & Southern Higashiyama chapter from Lonely Planet’s Kyoto guidebook.

This is where you should begin your exploration of Kyoto. This area is home to some of Kyoto’s best temples and several of the city’s loveliest lanes. Downhill from the main sightseeing route, you’ll find Gion, Kyoto’s high-end entertainment and geisha district.

  • climb to the top of the Southern Higashiyama district to visit one of Kyoto’s most colourful temples, Kiyomizu-dera
  • maps
  • let your soul be soothed by the chanting monks at Chion-in
  • transport
  • sip a cup of green tea while admiring the sublime garden at Shoren-in
  • restaurants & bars

Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Drinking & Nightlife, Entertainment, Shopping, Activities.

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