Recommended Model Sightseeing Courses

Kyoto and Lake Biwa Scenery Viewing Course

Course1 Kyoto and Lake BiwaScenery Viewing Course

A recommended course for seeing beautiful views of historic shrines and temples spanning from Shiga to Kyoto.

Yumotokan

Bus15 minutes by free shuttle bus

Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine

A Shinto shrine with 2,000 years of history, this is the head shrine of the about 3,800 various Hiyoshi, Hie, and Sanno shrines across Japan. It is a famous and prominent "power spot" in Shiga Prefecture.

Information
Address
Sakamoto 5-1-1, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture
Website
http://hiyoshitaisha.jp/

walk4 minutes' walk

Tsuruki Soba
Tsuruki Soba

A soba restaurant with over 300 years of history. The restaurant is a nationally registered Tangible Cultural Property for its gabled, hipped roof. Here, you can taste the handmade soba noodles with 300 years of tradition.

Information
Address
Sakamoto 4-11-40, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture
Hours
10:00-17:30 (Last orders at 17:00)
Holidays
The 3rd Friday of the month and New Year's Day
(Closed the 3rd Thursday and Friday in January and June, open every day in August and November)
Website
http://www.tsurukisoba.com/

Cable Sakamoto Station

Cable9 minutes by cable car

Cable Enryakuji Station

Hieizan Enryakuji Temple (Kompon Chu-do)
Hieizan Enryakuji Temple (Kompon Chu-do)

The whole of Mt. Hiei is considered the temple site and is registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Kompon Chu-do, located on the east side, is the largest and also the main hall of the whole temple.

Information
Address
Sakamoto Hommachi 4220, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture
Website
https://www.hieizan.or.jp/

Enryakuji Bus Center

Bus7 minutes by Hieizan shuttle bus

Hiei Sancho (Bus stop)

Garden Museum Hiei
Garden Museum Hiei

View the beautiful scenery you would expect from the top of Mt. Hiei in this garden museum that recreates the scenery and gardens used as motifs for works of art created by French impressionist painters.

Information
Address
Shugakuin Shukuragatanishimegatake 4, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Fee
<Apr. 13 to Nov. 19> Adults: 1,200 yen / Children: 600 yen
<Other times> Adults: 600 yen / Children: 300 yen
Website
http://www.garden-museum-hiei.co.jp/

Hiei Sancho Station (Ropeway)

RopewayCable23 minutes by Eizan Ropeway and Eizan cable car

Yase-Hieizanguchi Station

Train14 minutes by Eizan train

Sightseeing train Hiei
Sightseeing train Hiei

Enjoy the dynamic view from the ellipse windows of this train with a bold and innovative design, and revel in the experience of the extraordinary that travel brings.

Sightseeing train Hiei

Keihan Demachiyanagi Station

Train12 minutes by Keihan semi-express

Tofukuji Station (change trains from Keihan Railway to JR)

Train3 minutes by JR

JR Kyoto Station

Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower stands right in front of Kyoto Station, and has dining, shopping, and various facilities for activities that you can only find in Kyoto, along with an observation deck where you can take in the view of Kyoto.

Information
Address
Higashishiokoji-cho 721-1, Karasuma-dori Shichijo-sagaru, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
Website
https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-tower/en/