The 10 Best Tourist Attractions in Kyoto for Young Students!

Kyoto is a super regular tourist spot in Japan. Most high school students in Japan visit this best destination for school trip. A normal impression of Kyoto is a place for mature adults because of its many cultural heritages such as temples. However, there are many great places young people should visit. Reflect on these 10 Best Tourist Attractions in Kyoto for Young Students!


Many people would consider “Kinakuji” as one of the best tourist attractions in Kyoto. Either adults or high school students, a lot of people visit this super regular spot. You cannot start your Kyoto trip without seeing this great architecture, which was selected as Unesco’s World Heritage in 1994.

The highlight of Kinaku is its impressive exterior covered by gold leaves. You will definitely be amazed by the stunning golden lofty building in front of you if it is your first time seeing it except by history books. Ideal photo spot. Take pictures for your memorable trip to Kyoto. Now, you got to plan visiting Kinkaku as one of the essential destinations.

Name: Kinkakuji
Address: 1, Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-461-0013
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm ※Subject to change for special events
Close: Open 365 days a year
Entrance Fee: 400 JPY for high school students and older / 300 JPY for elementary and junior high school students
Access: 5-minute walk from Bus Stop “Kinkakuji Michi”

Map: map to Kinkakuji

“Kyoto International Manga Museum”

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Manga is essential to entertainment of young people. Probably many of them spend their free time reading manga comics. Well, in Kyoto, there actually is a fantastic sightseeing place relating to manga, which is “Kyoto International Manga Museum”.

This museum is a new spot which was opened after renovation from an old elementary shool. It was done as a joint project of Kyoto City and Kyoto Seika University. They have books from all over the world from the ones of Edo era to today. You won’t get bored staying whole day.

Name: Kyoto International Manga Museum
Address: Oike Noboru, Karasuma-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto (Former Tatsuike Elementary School)
Phone: +81-75-254-7414
Time: 10:00am-6:00pm
Close: Wednesdays (Thursday when a national holiday comes on Wednesday) ※ Maintenance closure is set for new year season.
Entrance Fee: 800 JPY for adults / 300J PY for junior high and high school students/100 JPY for elementary school students ※ Group discount for 20 people or more
Access: 2-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Station

Map: map to Kyoto International Manga Museum


There would be many occasions for walking around on Kyoto sightseeing. Definitely need a place to take rest. The riverside area along Kamogawa is perfect to spend some easy-going time.

Kamogawa river is running through Kyoto City from north to south, whose length is about 33 km. Despite its location in the city, its water is clear and the area is popular among many people of any generation and gender for its tranquil atmosphere. Especially among young students as a datig spot. There are many fine cafes, and elegant Japanese restaurants with Kawadoko (outside eating space placed above or beside the river) during spring and summer.

Name: Kamogawa (River)
Address: Kamogawa-cho, Hazukashi, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto

Map: map to Kamogawa (River)


“Kiyomizu-dera” is especially popular among high school girls. As a sacred place of love, it has been popular for a long time. Many people visit this place as a standard dating spot in Kyoto.

Around the temple, there are places that sell delicious sweets, which would be great for girls who love sweet stuff. “Kiyomizu Junsei Okabe-ya” located 10-minute walk from the temple, has fantastic Tofu ice cream. You won’t want to miss it! Also, don’t forget to take photos. Kiyomizu-dera area is a great place to explore. You should visit once.

Name: Kiyomizu-dera
Address: 1-chome, Kyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-551-1234
Time: 6:00am-6:00pm ※May subject to change according to the season
Close: Open 365 days a year
Access: 25-minute walk from Kiyomizu Gojo Station, Keihan Dentetsu Line

Map: map to Kiyomizu-dera

“Kyoto Aquairum”

In Kyoto, there is another popular dating spot,”Kyoto Aquarium”. Though Kyoto City is not a seaside city, they have many famous rivers such as Kamogawa and Katsuragawa. In order to exhibit aquatic creatures from those rivers, it was opened in March 2012.

The characterstic of Kyoto Aquarium is that they hold many experience events. There are other highlights such as their original dolphin show you can see all year round. Perfect place if you want to enjoy something different from cultural heritage stuff.

■Information Name: Kyoto Aquarium
Address: 35-1, Kankiji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-354-3130
Time: 10:00am-6:00pm
Entrance Fee: 2,050 JPY for adults / 1,550 JPY for high school and college or university students / 1,000 JPY for elementary and junior high school students / 600 JPY for children from 3 years old and older
Close: Open 365 days a year
Access: 15-minute walk from Kyoto Station

Map: map to Kyoto Aquarium

“Fushimi Inari Taisha”

“Fushimi Inari Taisha” is definitely the one you should visit in Kyoto, especially “Akai Senbon Torii [a thousand of red torii gates]” built within the site. You cannot miss this spot after traveling all the way to Kyoto.

The red shrine gates are selected as the best “Attractions for foreign tourists in Japan 2014”. Very popular place for Kyoto sightseeing. Take photos of the gates and post them on the leading communication tool of the young, Instagram, and you will definitely get many likes from others. Worth to visit for photo shooting.

Name: Fushimi Inari Taisha (Shrine)
Address: 68, Yabunouchi-cho, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-641-7331
Access: Short walk from Fushimi Inari Station

Map: map to Fushimi Inari Taisha (Shrine)


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There are more students who love history these days. The world heritage “Byodoin” temple is a great place for those kind of students. Especially “Byodoin Houou-dou [Phoenix Hall]” is the best. Super famous since it is engraved on 10 JPY coins. You should see it with your own eyes.

They have a museum shop within the site, where you can get souvenirs. The best recommended item for girls teens is “Kin no Aburatorigami [gold make-up blotting papers]”. For fashion conscious teens, the luxurious gold oil blotting paper is not just cool but practical. It should be photogenic if you post on SNS. As gifts for your friends, or for your daily item, you’d better put this in your shopping list.

Name: Byodoin (Temple)
Address: 116, Uji Renge, Uji City, Kyoto
Phone: +81-774-21-2861
Time: 8:30am-5:30pm
Close: Open 365 days a year
Entrance Fee: 600 JPY for adults / 400 JPY for Junior high and High school students / 300 JPY for elementary school students
Access: 10-minute walk from Uji Station

Map: map to Byodoin (Temple)

“Chikurin no Michi”

Kyoto is a great city successfully harmonized with cultural heritages, but many foreign tourists sometimes cannot help feeling the hustle and bustle of the city. “Chikurin no Michi [path of bamboo trees]” is a perfect place for mature young students who want to spend a tranquil time feeling the elegant atmosphere of Kyoto.

Chikurin no Michi is a path with bamboo trees along aside, which runs about 200 meters from Okochi Sanso [villa] to Nomiya Jinja [shirine]. Its atmosphere is graceful as Kyoto always is . There are more people during the daytime, so you should visit in the early morning. Great footpath for young students who want to get relaxed and forget about studying staying away from the noise.

Name: Chikurin no Michi (Path of bamboo trees)
Address: Tabuchiyama-cho, Ogurayama, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-451-8111
Access: 3-minute walk from Torokko Arashiyama Station

Map: map to Chikurin no Michi (Path of bamboo trees)


After visiting Chikurin no Michi, the next place you should go to is “Tenryuji”, which is also registered as a world heritage. Every season, this temple shows a different scenery. Absolutely magnificent. You cannot get rid of this place from your destinations list.

As an ideal place for photo shooting, Tenryuji is very popular among photographers. Take photos of this temple. You will be able to shoot the best photo that you can show off. Especially in fall, the beauty of the garden is breathtaking. Post it on SNS and get attention from your friends.

Name: Tenryuji
Address: 68, Susuki no Baba-cho, Tenryuji, Saga, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone: +81-75-881-1235
Time: 8:30am-5:30pm ※May subject to change according to the season
Close: Open 365 days a year
Entrance Fee (Garden): 500 JPY for high school students and older / 300 JPY for elementary and junior high shool students
Access: Short walk from Arashiyama Station

Map: map to Tenryuji


It is getting dark outside. Now your exploring day is almost over. The final recommended desination you should visit before going back to your place is “Togetsukyo”. This bridge stands over Katsuragawa and is surrounded by the great attraction of Kyoto, Arashiyama.

Why is this place recommended as a final destination of Kyoto sightseeing? It is because the lit up Togetsukyo is so scenic. You must take photos of this. The photo composition with contrast of magnificent Arashiyama view and Togetsukyo will be great. On your way back, don’t forget to post the photo on SNS to keep your memories of Kyoto trip alive. Enjoy your conversation with school friends talking about the beautiful picture.

Name: Togetsukyo (Bridge)
Access: About 8-minute walk from Arashiyama Station

Map: map to Togetsukyo (Bridge)

Kyoto is a perfect sightseeing city for young stundents to feel mature!

How did you like this article? Kyoto might sound a bit too mature, but has many awesome places that young students should visit, exactly because they are young and have strong sensibility. Take lots of cool photos of Kyoto, and make sure to post them on SNS. There are many amazing places you can talk about with your friends. Visit Kyoto on your vacation.

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