Kyoto Away from the Crowds
Kyoto Prefecture's major attractions can get crowded, so we suggest ways to tweak your plans to enjoy it in a more relaxed way. Yamashina, 5 minutes from JR Kyoto Sta., has temples connected to the imperial family and pottery workshops. Otsu, 1 stop further, sits on Lake Biwa and retains vestiges of its prosperous, post-town past. And, take a leisurely walk to the Golden Pavilion to find truly hidden treasures in the backstreets, and discover nature on a trail run through the mountains in the city's west.

Kyoto Away from the Crowds / Reporter: Amy Ota

Access
5 mins by train from Kyoto Sta. to Yamashina Sta.

From Yamashina Sta.

Bishamondo
10 mins on foot

Kiyomizu-yaki Danchi
30 mins on foot

Unraku-gama
30 mins on foot
* Pottery wheel experience
Access
5 mins by train from Yamashina Sta. to Otsu Sta.

From Otsu Sta.

Otsu Festival Hikiyama Exhibition Pavilion
15 mins on foot

Yaoyo
15 mins on foot

Sakamotoya
15 mins on foot

Mochihyo
10 mins on foot

Hotel Koo
15 mins on foot

Mii-dera
30 mins on foot

Festivals & Events
Otsu Festival: Sunday in mid-October (Every year)

Reporter: Meaghan Ballweg

Access
10 mins on foot from Kyoto Sta. to Nijojo-mae Sta.

Koshiya
1 min on foot

Soushunan
10 mins on foot
* Koto experience

Latte Art Junkies
40 mins on foot

Kamishichiken
40 mins on foot

Tsuzureori Adachi
40 mins on foot

Mt. Funaoka
50 mins on foot

Kadoya
40 mins on foot

Reporter: Jean-Yves Terreault

Access
3 mins by subway from Kyoto Sta. to Shijo Sta., then 20 mins by train to Arashiyama Sta.

From Arashiyama Sta.

Bamboo forest
20 mins on foot

Saga-Toriimoto
50 mins on foot

Tsutaya
50 mins on foot

Kosan-ji
About 2 hrs on foot