The streets along the slopes of Higashiyama (eastern mountains) form one of Kyoto's best preserved historic districts. The narrow and crowded streets surrounded by old fashioned buildings and wooden warehouses, provide an excellent traditional atmosphere which give visitors a taste of ancient Kyoto.
On the way up to the Kiyomizudera, tons of small shops, cafeterias and restaurants have been standing for centuries to serve pilgrims, merchants and visitors. Nowadays these businesses continue to serve customers, keeping their traditional design and selling local specialities.
Yasaka Shrine, also known as Gion Shrine, is one of Kyoto's most famous Shrines thanks to the popularity of its summer festival (Gion Matsuri) which involves hundreds of participants and massive floats. Although the shrine itself might not be as impressive as others in Kyoto, it boasts a large number of paper lanters in its main halls, which get lit at nights.
Bus no. 100, 206
The Kiyomizudera can be reached on a 10 minute uphill walk from Kiyomizu-michi bus station. From the Kiyomizudera, one can enjoy a 20 walk through the streets of Higashiyama district down to Yasaka Shrine, which is located near Gion bus station.