The ancient capital of Kyoto is a photographers dream with many great spots offering fantastic panoramic views of both the city and its surrounding mountains. If you don’t mind a short hike then you are in for a treat. Join us as we look at some of the best places in Kyoto for panoramic views.
The view from the wooden framed balcony at Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the best in the city. The ancient temple offers spectacular sweeping panoramic views over the city and of Kyoto Tower off in the distance. The view changes from season to season with pink cherry blossoms in spring, lush green leaves in summer, red, orange and yellow fall foliage in autumn and the white landscape of winter.
Kyoto Tower, the tallest structure in Kyoto at 131 m (429 ft) high, offers what many consider the best panoramic views in Kyoto. You can get a 360-degree view of Kyoto from the 100 m (328 ft) high observation platform. The Kyoto landmark is the world’s tallest non-steel frame structure and symbolises a lighthouse illuminating the landlocked city of Kyoto.
The ultra modern and futuristic glass walled Kyoto Station has an open air observation deck on the top floor which offers excellent panoramic views of Kyoto and the surrounding mountains. You can also take the full architectural experience to the next level by walking in the glass encased hallways of the skyway on the top floors, which also provides stunning views of the city and station.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
The hike up the sacred Mount Inari to Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is worth the effort and sweat for majestic sweeping views of the city. One of the best spots is the Yotsutsuji Intersection about half way up the mountain, where some nice views over Kyoto can be enjoyed.
The UNESCO World Heritage Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Pavilion) is known for its garden, but it also offers magnificent views from its observatory. Climb the trail at the back of the garden and be rewarded with fantastic views over the entire temple complex and city of Kyoto beyond.
Arashiyama Monkey Park
The park which is located at the top of a mountain and inhabited by around 120 wild Japanese macaque monkeys offers fantastic panoramic views over the city of Kyoto.
Amanohashidate, located in northern Kyoto Prefecture, has been regarded as one of Japan’s three great views since ancient times. Nicknamed the ‘Bridge to Heaven’ because it looks like a pathway from heaven to earth, it is a pine covered sandbar that separates the Miyazu Bay from the Aso Sea.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.