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What you should know about Shimogyo

It’s not hard to see why Shimogyo is one of Kyoto’s most popular neighborhoods. It is a foodie paradise, has amazing shopping opportunities, and is home to some of the top-rated attractions in the entire city. One of the best things about this area is how it skilfully blends the old and new for a unique experience. Ranging from the gleaming architecture of Kyoto Station to the serene tranquility of Shōsei-en Garden, there’s a mix of different styles that makes for a fascinating and exciting destination.

Hotels in Shimogyo

There is a staggering amount of choice when looking for hotels in Shimogyo. Although you’ll find there is something for every budget, the accommodation in Shimogyo mainly consists of 3- and 4-star hotels. If you’re after luxury, the upscale Hotel Granvia Kyoto is an ideal choice. It’s a beautifully designed hotel and features an incredible 12 restaurants to choose from. There’s also plenty of opportunity to unwind with a few laps in the indoor pool, or a spell in the sauna. Hotel Kanra Kyoto is another superb 4-star hotel in Shimogyo. Its spacious rooms are beautifully minimalist, and it boasts an amazing location within walking distance of many sights.

Things to see in Shimogyo

Sanjusangendo is one of the most stunning attractions in all of Kyoto. This temple is Japan’s longest wooden structure (400 feet in length), and dates from the 13th century. The most impressive aspect is the 1,001 statues of Kannon, also known as the Goddess of Mercy. Shimogyo is also home to the Nishi Honganji temple, which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It tends to be less crowded than many other temples in Kyoto, so you’re guaranteed to find tranquility among the beautiful wooden buildings and serene gardens. There are also some great museums to visit in the neighborhood, including the Ryukoku Museum. Through various exhibitions it provides a comprehensive look at Buddhism, covering its origins in India, journey to Asia, and subsequent development in Japan. Sagano, a bamboo forest in the middle of the city, is well worth a visit and is a great place for a relaxing walk (but try to go early to avoid the crowds).

Good for couples

Shimogyo is one of the top Kyoto neighborhoods for those traveling as a couple. It has an abundance of beautiful temples and gardens that are perfect for a romantic walk, allowing you to find a sense of peace and tranquility together. There is also a myriad of great restaurants to choose from near your upscale Shimogyo hotel. The huge choice means you can always find somewhere a bit less crowded for a more romantic experience, like Malebranche JR Kyoto Isetan Salon (which serves authentic Japanese cuisine). There are also ample shopping opportunities for couples, with areas such as Shijō Street and Kyoto Station among the best in the area.

How to get to Shimogyo

When flying from the United States, you can take a flight direct to Kansai International Airport from either Honolulu or San Francisco. From the airport you can take a 75-minute train ride with the Airport Express straight to Kyoto Station, which is located in the heart of the neighborhood. Alternatively, there is the Limousine Bus service, which takes 90 minutes. You can also take a bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto Station in just over two hours. Traveling in Shimogyo is easy thanks to its 10 subway stations and efficient bus service.

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