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Higashiyama Tourist Map for Wheelchair Users
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Must-See SpotImportant or recommended spots on the route
Key PointKey point for wheelchair users
Famous Spots of Higashiyama Route (Time: 60 minutes, Distance: Approx. 1km)

This is a route, that takes in numerous famous spots of Higashiyama.
This route includes the “stars” of Higashiyama, such as the symbol of Higashiyama, Hokan-ji Temple, the Nene-no Michi path (Nene was the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi), and the 800 year-old Chion-in Temple.

Nearest Station: Keihan “Kiyomizu Gojo”
Hokan-ji Temple (Yasaka Pagoda)
Ishibe-koji Alley
Nene-no Michi (The Path of Nene)
Daiun-in Temple
Sanmon Gate of Chion-in Gate
Nearest Station: Subway Tozai Line “Higashiyama”

Comments from the Route Planners

Hokan-ji Temple (Yasaka Pagoda) Hokan-ji Temple (Yasaka Pagoda)

This pagoda, built in the late 6th century, is said to have been established by Prince Shotoku Taishi. According to legend, he received a prophecy from a god in a dream, when he was this area searching for materials to build Shitenno-ji Temple. It has undergone several restorations following destruction by fire, and only a few buildings are left, including the five-storey pagoda, rebuilt by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, and the Taishi-do and Yakushi-do Halls. The pagoda stands on the original foundations from the 6th century and is a symbol of the Higashiyama Area.

Ishibe-koji Alley Ishibe-koji Alley

This stone-paved alley, originally created during the early Taisho Period, connects Shimogawara Street and Nene-no Michi (The Path of Nene), and is lined with stone walls. Once a bustling red-light district, which was broken up during the Meiji Period, many of the traditional restaurants and inns still remain here. This was also a popular meeting place for famous celebrities and Kabuki actors.

Nene-no Michi (The Path of Nene) Nene-no Michi (The Path of Nene)

This path is called Nene-no Michi, as Nene, the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, loved to stroll this path in the later part of her life spent here. The road starts from Kiyomizu Temple, winds on via Sannei-zaka Hill and Ninen-zaka Hill, and leads into this path. The stretch between the west side of Kodai-ji Temple, which was built by Nene, and Maruyama Park is called Nene-no Michi. This path is visited by many tourists all year round.

Daiun-in Temple Daiun-in Temple

This temple was first established in 1587 by Joan Shonin in Karasuma Nijo to mourn the loss of the famous warlord, Oda Nobunaga and his son Nobutada, but was later transferred to Teramachi Shijo on the orders of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The first Kyoto City Assembly was held there, and the temple was then moved once more to its current location in 1972. The Gion-kaku tower, which resembles a Gion Festival float, was built as a second home for Okura Kihachiro, of the famous Okura Family.

Sanmon Gate of Chion-in Gate Sanmon Gate of Chion-in Gate

Construction of this gate was ordered by the Shogun Tokugawa Hidetada in the 17th century, and is 24m in height, 50m across, and adorned with approximately 70000 roof tiles. This is the largest and most remarkable wooden, double-roofed gate in Japan in terms of both structure and scale. Under the upper roof is a large sign that says “Kacho-zan,” which is another name for Chion-in. The name “Sanmon” literally means three gates, and was so named to imply three mental states of liberation.

Check Points for Wheelchair Users
The Yasaka Pagoda area[Stone-paved streets and vehicle traffic]
The Yasaka Pagoda area
[Stone-paved streets and vehicle traffic]
The stone-paved streets are bumpy and narrow. Be careful of the frequent vehicle traffic.
Nene-no Michi (The Path of Nene)
Nene-no Michi (The Path of Nene)
[Pedestrian and vehicle traffic]
Both the pedestrian and vehicle traffic is quite heavy. There is a ditch on the pedestrian side of the road, so be careful not to fall down it.
Choraku-kan [Stone-pavement at the intersection south of Choraku-kan]
[Stone-pavement at the intersection south of Choraku-kan]
Once past this bumpy section, you will find a flat road surface upon entering Maruyama Park.
The Choraku-kan Area [Bollards]
The Choraku-kan Area
Wheelchairs can pass between the bollards.
North gate of Maruyama Park ⇒ Path leading to the Sanmon Gate[Bollards]
North gate of Maruyama Park ⇒ Path leading to the Sanmon Gate
Wheelchairs can pass between the bollards.
Chion-in Temple
Chion-in Temple
[Vehicle traffic in the Sanmon Gate area]
Be careful of the vehicle traffic, including taxis and tour buses.

Comments from the Route Planners

This route is packed with famous spots that showcase the charms of Higashiyama, starting with the symbol of this area, Hokan-ji Temple (Yasaka Pagoda), followed by the stone-paved Ishibe-koji Alley, laid with flag stones formerly used on the city’s tram network. As you move along on this bumpy surface, it may be interesting to think of the trams that used to be one of the principal modes of transportation in Kyoto City about a half century ago.
Ishibe-koji Alley leads you to the Nene-no Michi path, and as you turn back to the south just after entering the path, you can see Yasaka Pagoda from a distance. This offers a breath-taking view of the pagoda and the path together. After this, the path will lead you to more famous spots, including the Gion-kaku steeple of Daiun-in Temple, Maruyama Park, and the Sanmon Gate of Chion-in Temple.
Aside from the famous spots, there are plenty of other things worth seeing, such as the several healing Buddha statues that you can touch in the Nene-no Michi area, the Basho-do hall and the Saigyo-an hut located east of Daiun-in Temple, and the Maruyama Park Outdoor Music Stage. Multi-purpose toilets are situated in Kodai-ji Park and near the Sanmon Gate of Chion-in Temple.

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