The sightseeing center of Kyoto, preserving a variety of architecture and gardens, as well as many cultural masterpieces.
The eastern part of Kyoto is generally called Higashiyama, located at the west end of the Higashiyama Mountain Range. As early as the middle of the 14th century, many shrines, temples and aristocrats' villas were built in this area, where a variety of architecture and gardens, artistic and cultural masterpieces such as paintings, crafts and many artistic activities, such as flower arrangement (ikebana), the tea ceremony (sado) and Noh performances, flourished and developed in this area. There are many masterpieces of historic architecture still existing today, which attract a lot of visitors and tourists every year from every corner of the world.
In the southern part of the Higashiyama district, there is a famous temple named Kiyomizu-dera Temple. It is built halfway up a steep cliff and it has a main hall projecting over a precipice. 

Yasaka-jinja Shrine, which is supposed to have been built around the 10th century, is also well known as the central site of the Gion-matsuri summer festival.
The northern part of the city is known for the Heian-jingu Shrine, where the Jidai-matsuri (Festival of the Ages) autumn festival is held. This is a costume parade presenting costumes, manners and customs from ancient days. This red-painted shrine is colored with Hekiruri (an earthen roof material burned with a green-color glaze) making this structure very graceful.

Nanzenji Temple, which flourished in the Momoyama Period in the late 16th century, boasted the highest status amongst the temples of that age. The temple appears in the famous Kabuki play "Sanmon gosan no kiri" with the speech "Zekkei kana, zekkei kana" (What a superb view! What a superb view!). The temple owns numerous excellent properties, such as the 22 meter-high Sanmon Gate (main gate), the 124 fusuma (sliding door) paintings by the Kano Family and the Ho-jo (the abbot's living quarters), a national treasure, which was built when Kyoto Gosho (Imperial Palace) was transferred and altered.

There is a promenade called Tetsugaku-no-komichi (the Path of Philosophy) extending from Nanzenji Temple to Ginkakuji Temple. In Ginkakuji Temple, there is a Chisen-kaiyu style garden (wet strolling garden), which is structured in a sophisticated style representing the Japanese sense of art, and is designated a World Cultural Heritage site.

東山是京都市區東部地區的總稱,位於東山群蜂的西麓。自14世紀中葉起,東山一帶建造了許多寺院和貴族的別墅,逐步形成了以後成爲日本文化源流的優秀文化,包括建築、庭院建造、這些寺院和別墅中收藏的繪畫和各種工藝品、以及花道、茶道、能樂等。因此,許多成爲京都代表性的觀光景點的歷史建造物分佈在東山地區內,每年都有許多外國客人前來參觀。
東山南部有似乎是從斷崖上突出的清水寺和10世紀中葉建造的、以夏天的祗園節聞名的八阪神社
東山南部北部有平安神宮和南禪寺。平安神宮以秋天的時代節而聞名,時代節時傳著各個年的服裝、模仿著各個年代的風俗的遊行隊伍,按年代順序排列著行進在大街上;南禪寺集中了16世紀後期的桃山時代的建築和美術。

How to get there?

乘坐JR東海道線快速從新大阪車站至京都車站約25分鐘。乘坐巴士從京都車站至清水寺約10分鐘。五條阪下車。從京都車站至平安神宮約30分鐘。京都會館美術館前下車。

25 minutes from Shin-Osaka by JR Tokaido-Line. To Kiyomizu-dera temple a 15-minute bus ride, getting off at Gojosaka bus stop. To Heianjingu Shrine, half an hour's bus ride from Kyoto Station, getting off at Kyoto Kaikan Museum bus stop.