Local Information


Local Information

“Gion Shinmonso” is located in the middle of Hanamachi where you can feel the atmosphere of good old Kyoto. It has good access to famous shrines and temples such as Yasaka Shrine, as well as sightseeing spots. Shirakawa Tatsumi-bashi Bridge is nearby.
You can fully enjoy sightseeing with “Gion Shinmonso” as your base.

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  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    about a 20-minute walk

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple which has a history of 1200 years and is registered as a World Heritage Site, is one of Kyoto's representative temples. There are many national treasures and important cultural properties such as the main hall with the scenic “the Kiyomizu stage” and the three-storied pagoda. There are also many tourism spots, such as Otowa Falls, which is said to bring luck in love, and Zuigu-do Hall, which is famous as a tour called Tainai -meguri.

  • Sannei-zaka (Sannen-zaka)

    Sannei-zaka (Sannen-zaka)

    about a 19-minute walk

    The street is famous as a pilgrimage route to Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The stone-paved street and traditional wooden townhouse have a tasteful atmosphere, and there are many pottery shops and souvenir shops along the street.

  • Hokan-ji Temple (Yasaka pagoda)

    Hokan-ji Temple (Yasaka pagoda)

    about a 14-minute walk

    Hokan-ji Temple belongs to the Kennin-ji branch of the Rinzai sect. It is a very ancient pagoda that is said to have been built by Prince Shotoku. The Yasaka Pagoda, which can be seen while walking, is a five-storied pagoda with a very beautiful silhouette that makes you want to take pictures.

  • Ninen-zaka


    about a 16-minute walk

    This slope leads to Sannen-zaka, which is lined with teahouses and souvenir shops. When you reach the top of the slope, you can see a panoramic view of Mt. Higashiyama and Yasaka Pagoda.

  • Kodai-ji Temple

    Kodai-ji Temple

    about a 13-minute walk

    The temple was established by Kita-no-Mandokoro (Nene) in memory of her late husband Toyotomi Hideyoshi.There are many important cultural properties such as Kodaiji Maki-e and Kaisando. The precincts are rich in nature, and there is a bamboo grove and a tea-ceremony room.

  • Yasaka-jinja Shrine

    Yasaka-jinja Shrine

    about a 8-minute walk

    It is an ancient Gion-style shrine built before 794. The architectural style of the main hall (national treasure) is from the Heian period. In the precincts, many gods such as Susanoo no Mikoto, the main deity, are enshrined.

  • Chion-in Temple

    Chion-in Temple

    about a 6-minute walk

    The temple is the famous as the headquarters of the Jodo sect. There are many buildings designated as national treasures and important cultural properties, such as the overwhelmingly large San-mon Gate. You can enjoy the scenery of each season in Yuzen-en Garden and Hojo Garden. New Year's Eve bells rung by monks are a highlight and are famous in Japan. Chion-in Temple is very beautiful when it is lit up, and it is filled with a sacred atmosphere.

  • Tatsumi-bashi Bridge

    Tatsumi-bashi Bridge

    about a 2-minute walk

    Tatsumi-bashi Bridge in Gion Shirakawa is the closest sightseeing spot from "Gion Shinmonsou" and is also famous as a cherry blossom viewing spot. A stream and a small red-painted bridge create an atmosphere typical of Kyoto.

  • Gion(Hanamikoji)


    about a 1-minute walk

    Hanamikoji Street is lined with red latticed Japanese houses, giving it a Japanese atmosphere. When you reach the top of the slope, you can see a panorama of Mt. Higashiyama and Yasaka Pagoda. It is the perfect place for a stroll while enjoying the tasteful scenery. If you are lucky, you may be able to see Geiko and Maiko.

  • Kennin-ji Temple

    Kennin-ji Temple

    about a 8-minute walk

    It is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto. The principal image is Shaka Nyorai which is located in the lecture hall of the temple. The building with graceful shingled roof is famous. The temple is one of Kyoto's best spots for fall foliage and cherry blossoms. The garden is very beautiful and you can feel the Azuchi-Momoyama culture. The "Painting of two dragons" on the ceiling is a must-see. The temple is located at the end of Hanamikoji Street, and you can stroll around like a park.

  • Kamogawa Noryo-yuka (Kamo-gawa River)

    Kamogawa Noryo-yuka (Kamo-gawa River)

    about a 10-minute walk

    The Kamo-gawa River is a 23-kilometer long river that runs through the north and south of Kyoto City. It is a river that nurtured the thousand-year capital and Kyoto culture, and is familiar to many people. The Noryo-Yuka, a summer tradition (May to October), is a nationally famous cultural custom that has continued for over 400 years since the Edo period. Please experience the tradition.