Kyoto has been known for its mild temperature, even during winter from early December to mid-march. Everywhere you go, there’s a sense of apparent and dignified beauty of the city that can be felt through your every core. The snow lingers magically on the ground, while the shrines and temples in the clear cold air of winter glow with elegance.
The scenery of pure white snow typical doesn’t last long in Kyoto. Hence, it’s important to know where to enjoy this rare winter treat and this city to the fullest.
The head shrine of the god Inari, Fushimi Inari is a famous Shinto shrine that is located at the base of Mount Inari. As you trail up the mountain pass the wooden forest , there are many other smaller shrines dotted along the way. The iconic vermilion torii gates is an attractive photo spot which many visitors can’t get enough of.
During winter, Fushimi Inari is usually not as crowded as during any other season. This means that there’s one more reason to visit this unique photo spot and enjoy your photo session for as much as your heart’s content.
Also known as Gion Shrine, this is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto dated back to more than 1300 years ago. Located between Gion and Higashiyama District, the amazing shrine consists of the main hall as sanctuary and an offering area into one building. There is also a dance stage where hundreds of lanterns are lit in the evenings. Each lantern represents the name of a local business asking for abundance and luck.
Yasaka shrine is especially well-known for its summer festival, but the place is just equally stunning with an aura of tranquility that will highlight your trip with unforgettable winter wonder.
After you entrance through Yasaka Shrine, you will see Maruyama Park, one of the most famous spots for 'hanami' or cherry blossom viewing. One of the reason why is because a large, 70-years-old weeping cherry blossom tree stands at the center of the park. At night the tree is illuminated and it couldn't get any prettier than that!
Maruyama Park can get very crowded during sakura season, but actually the park remains beautiful in any season.
Another Kyoto’s top photo spot, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest is a journey back to the nature that will soothe your soul. Amid the soaring stalks of bamboo, this sprawling forest promises you an experience unlike any other place in the country.
For visitors traveling to Arashiyama Bamboo Forest during winter, you are definitely in for a magical treat. The place gets even more amazing with windy breeze and the sound of rustling bamboo leaves. You’ll be put into the best mood for strolling and photo taking with your loved ones under the green shades of bamboo trees.