The Kyoto Trail

The 70-kilometre Kyoto Trail takes you all around Kyoto’s mountains, from the southern mountains of Fushimi Inari all the way round to the western mountains of Arashiyama. Many of Kyoto’s best temples and shrines are on the route. You’ll also see numerous waterfalls and cross multiple streams.

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The Hidden Fushimi Inari

Fushimi Inari is now Japan’s most popular tourist spots, but most people walk on the main trail, missing out entirely on the bamboo forests, waterfalls, and secluded shrines. This 4.2 kilometre route takes you on the back path of the mountain, then up to the summit, and then down through the main path.

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Daimonjiyama Hiking Trail

There are websites that show you how to get to the viewpoint from Ginkakuji, the Silver Pavilion, but they don’t have a map of the full trail down to Keage Station. So here’s the Craft Tabby version, which will take you up Daimonjiyama from nearby Nanzenji Temple all the way to Ginkakuji Temple.

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5 torii gates not to miss in Kyoto

Torii gates mark the transition from our ordinary world to the extraordinary world of the gods, so you'll find them at the entranceways to Shinto shrines. Being so prominent, they are sometimes used like signage to show visitors what the shrine is all about. Here are 5 unique torii you should visit in Kyoto.

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