Recommended sightseeing spots in Higashiyama, Kyoto where you can rent a kimono and go as a couple

Kyoto’s Higashiyama area is dotted with historical buildings, beautiful gardens, and quaint townscapes, making it the perfect place to stroll around wearing a kimono or yukata.
Here we will introduce 10 recommended sightseeing spots that couples can enjoy. To make wonderful memories, be sure to rent a kimono and enjoy Higashiyama to the fullest.

Recommended sightseeing spots for couples in the Kyoto/Higashiyama area

Kiyomizu temple

It is a tourist attraction that represents Kyoto and is also registered as a World Heritage Site. The view from Shimizu’s stage is especially spectacular, and it’s perfect for taking photos in kimono.


It is located on the approach to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and is surrounded by a series of stone-paved slopes. The area is filled with historic buildings and traditional townscapes, creating a romantic atmosphere.

Yasaka Shrine

It is one of the shrines that represents the Higashiyama area, and it looks fantastic when lit up at night. It is also a recommended spot for a date night.

Kodaiji Temple

Kodaiji Temple is also known as a famous spot for autumn leaves, where you can enjoy beautiful autumn leaves. The gardens and buildings that change their appearance depending on the season are highlights.

Shijo Kawaramachi

Shijo Kawaramachi is a bustling downtown area lined with cafes and shops. Couples can also enjoy shopping in a stylish atmosphere.


Hanamikoji, which has a retro atmosphere, is lined with stylish cafes and souvenir shops that are renovated old houses. It’s perfect for strolling around during the day.

Yasaka street

Yasaka Street, which runs through the Gion area, has the atmosphere of an ancient capital. It is lit up at night, making it even more beautiful.


There are many restaurants and cafes along the river, and the scenery is romantic when lit up at night. Strolling around while feeling the river breeze is a special experience.

Higashiyama Hanatoro

This event is held every spring, and the Higashiyama area is illuminated with magical lights. Be sure to stop by for a night stroll.

Yasaka Koshindo

Yasaka Koshindo, also known as Sarutahiko Shrine, is characterized by the Sarutahiko Shrine and Koshin Tower. Making a wish as a couple will also be a great memory.


The Higashiyama area is an attractive area that is home to many of Kyoto’s most famous tourist attractions. Why not rent a kimono as a couple and enjoy a romantic moment while touring the historic buildings and beautiful gardens? There is no doubt that you will make wonderful memories.


Author of this article


Waplus Yasaka Shrine store staff

Ayana Ogawa

We would like to help many customers smile through kimono rental.
I love spending time listening to customer requests and proposing kimono coordination and deciding on hair styles!
I am particularly good at hair styling, so please leave it to me to create the currently popular feminine hair.
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