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Best things to do in Shiga

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Buddhist Temple
“The sloping road with 1.2 km long from Higashi-oji street to Kiyomizutera is called Kiyomizu Saka, there are lots of souvenir shops for tourist at both sides. The shrine is leveled land with stone wall in the middle of Kiyomizuyama (Otowa Mauntain) at 242 meter elevation and lots of houses stand side by side. After passing the Nioumon gate at the entrance, go straight at the West gate, three-story pagoda, Buddhist library, Tamura-do and Asakura-do and arrive at the main hall. After passing the main hall, Shakado and Amidado, you may see Okunoin standing at the cliff and the fall with very famous water, so called Otowanotaki. If you go further in a southern direction from the Otowanota, you may see the Taizan-ji over the valley named as Kinunkyou, and three-story pagoda named as Koyasutou. Furthermore, there are Jinushi Shrein in a northern direction of the main hall and the main house of chief priest named as Seijyuuin.”
206 locals recommend
Shrine
“Let's walk while stepping on step by step the mysterious 150m surrounded by amber light.”
181 locals recommend
Shrine
“Yasaka shrine is known for the name of “Gion-san” in general and called “Gion-sha” (the “sha” means shrine in Japanese) in acient. This is HQ of shrine in Japan and it is said that it was established in 876 to pray for the recovery from epidemic after the priest Ennyo invited the Emperor Ushizu to Kyoto, and peoples in Kyoto tried to enshrine this shrine and escape from such epidemic. Base on such history, Gion committee was started and the parade of decorated floats were conducted from the middle of Heian period and Gion committee has been held magnificently in July every year as the traditional festival of Yasaka Shrine. This shrine is famous for the prosperous business and charm against evil.”
109 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“The Byōdō-in Temple, established in AD 988, boasts many unique buildings, shrines, and artworks worthy of a visit.”
18 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“The name of this temple is "Gin"kakuji. But this temple doesn't use silver. the beautiful Japanese temple. You will be healed because they are calm appearance.”
77 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“At this place, you can see thousand statues of Buddha. They are so great. You will feel something mysterious there. Sanjusangendo is close to Kyoto National Museum, so you should go both.”
68 locals recommend
Shrine
“Fushimi Inari(伏見稲荷大社)" Shrine is a popular spot for foreign tourists.The scenery that countless torii lined is magnificent.”
121 locals recommend
Museum
“This museum is most famous in Kyoto. You can enjoy popular exhibitions. This is next to Sanjusangendo, so I recommend you to visit both. ”
55 locals recommend
Shrine
“You will see a so huge gate and beautiful shrine. This shrine is very famous. Around this shrine, there are some places we recommend like an art museum or a zoo.”
57 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Ujigami-jinja Shrine is a remnant of the distant past, the oldest extant shrine architecture in Japan. ”
4 locals recommend
Park
“Enyama Park is a beautiful place to go and have a picnic and enjoy the sun. Come with your family and see the temple (Yasaka Shrine) thats right next door as well!”
41 locals recommend
Shrine
“Kamigamo Shrine's sister shrine. Despite being in the city,there are ancient virgin forests and clear streams.”
61 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“You may see lots of maple trees inside of the temple grounds. Especially, in a spot nearby the Three Gates is very popular with the saying of “what an impressive site, what an impressive site” by a famous thief Goemon in the Kabuki show. This is the best place to see marvelous view of red leaves around the Kyoto City. It is also worth seeing the garden of Chisen Kaiyu Style (pond at the center and surrounding garden path style) located in the Nanzen-In Tenjyuan In Spring, the temple grounds will also be full of cherry blossoms. The temple grounds are so huge that it is difficult to point out the best spot, but I am sure that you will be happy visiting Kyoto after you enjoys the collaboration of white wall, garden path and cherry blossoms.”
40 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“In autumn, in this temple, colored leaves are the highlight. And this temple is the one of the oldest and biggest in Japan. You are worth going!”
52 locals recommend
Museum
“Highly recommend this beauty of a museum designed by I.M. Pei if you are staying in Kyoto for more than a couple days. A great day trip out to Shiga prefecture. Please check their website for directions and opening hours. May be closed during winter time.”
3 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“In spring, bloom beautiful sakura (cherry trees), in autumn, can see beautiful turned leaves(red, yellow, orange .etc). In neighborhood, there is Kiyomizu, temple, so it is indispensable in the Higashiyama walk. ”
34 locals recommend