Kyoto's Little Wonders


The Wonders of Takao

A little wonder,
but will be healed.

Mountains where animal might frolic carefree.
The marvelous experiences you have there will lead you into a world of wonder.

  • Plate Throwing
    Mt. Takao Jingoji Temple

    Plate Throwing

    Throw earthenware plates into the ravine with all your might.
    In Takao, it is said to be a good luck ritual that keeps away negative energy.
  • Bell Ringing
    Mt. Makio Saimyoji Temple

    Bell Ringing

    Ring the bell and fill the Sanbi valley, and your heart, with the beautiful echoes of its tones.
  • Temple Forest Walk
    Mt. Togano Kozanji Temple

    Temple Forest Walk

    Just walking through the beautiful forest of the ancient temple puts you in a happy mood.
    Recommended in any season.

The Beauty of Takao

We will be facinated
by many beautiful scene.

Nothing can compare to the beauty of its maples.
The serene sight of the beautiful new green of early spring will make your journey Japan more joyful.

  • Ayame Valley Pond
    Arashiyama Takao Parkway

    Ayame Valley Pond

    Birds rest their wings cozily on the still, peaceful surface of its waters.
  • Fork Moss
    Mt. Togano Kozanji Temple

    Fork Moss

    This pretty moss looks just like the tail of a fox, and it grows all over the temple grounds.
  • Kiyotaki River's Clear Waters
    Kiyotaki River

    Kiyotaki River's Clear Waters

    Takao's river is very clear and very beautiful. Experience Japan's elegance by the riverside in summer.

The Delicious of Takao

Can’t resist smiling
once eat many delicious foods.

Takao has a lot of delicious food, which is an essential part of any trip.
There is too much to eat in a single day, so visit as many times as you can.

  • Boiled Tofu

    Boiled Tofu

    The tofu has a pure white surface and a delicious aroma. Enjoy the looks before tasting.
  • Mitarashi Dango

    Mitarashi Dango

    Very mild and sweet dumplings. They are even better with sweet ginger tea.
  • Chesnut Okowa Manju

    Chesnut Okowa Manju

    A famous Takao specialty for those in the know. If you arrive too late, they might be sold out.

Souvenirs from Takao

Getting some souvenir to your friends
those not only sold here.

Takao offers many unique souvenirs.
There are even entertaining gifts on sale that are unknown to frequent visitors to Kyoto.

  • Godai Kokuzo Bosatsu Charm
    Mt. Takao Jingoji Temple

    Godai Kokuzo Bosatsu Charm

    These statues of bodhisattva are national treasures, and they protect against negative energy.
    Recommended for women who want to bring good luck.
  • Baigaeri Charm
    Mt. Makio Saimyoji Temple

    "Baigaeri" Charm

    Keep it in your wallet, and double the money will come back to you!
  • Official Seal Book [Scrolls of Frolicking Animals]
    Mt. Togano Kozanji Temple

    Official Seal Book [Scrolls of Frolicking Animals]

    Kozanji Temple's unique seal book with official certificate of authenticity.
    It is an essential item for ladies who start visiting the temples of Kyoto this year.

The History of Sanbi

Trying to discover the mysterious
history of Japan in Kyoto.

  • The mystery of the portrait of Minamoto no Yoritomo, Jingoji Temple's national treasure.

    The mystery of the portrait of Minamoto no Yoritomo, Jingoji Temple's national treasure.

    This portrait of Minamoto no Yoritomo is a national treasure kept at Jingoji Temple. It is a leading example of the art of portrait painting in Japan's medieval period, but although it has been the subject of much research in Japan, its roots remain shrouded in mystery.
  • The roots of Japanese tea are in Sanbi.

    The roots of Japanese tea are in Sanbi.

    The origin of Uji tea, a Japanese tea brand, is Togano Kozanji Temple here in Sanbi. Japan's oldest tea plantation still survives on the grounds today, and the people of Uji have tended this tea plantation since ancient times.
  • The secret of Kozanji Temple's puppy.

    The secret of Kozanji Temple's puppy.

    This is a statue of a puppy said to have been cherished by Kozanji Temple's founder, the priest Myoe. Praised by the famous Japanese author Naoya Shiga as "a sculpture so cute that you want to pet it sometimes," it is also registered as an important cultural property.

What is Kyoto Sanbi?

Sanbi is a secluded part of Kyoto surrounded by Mt. Takao, Mt. Makio, and Mt.Togano.
This place is the origin of the national treasure "Scrolls of Frolicking Animals," which is known as Japan's oldest manga. Even now, it looks like the rabbits, monkeys, foxes, and frogs that appear in the scrolls might frolic in the lush natural landscape that survives in the Sanbi area, and there are many spots that have a touch of wonder. Encountering Japan's wonders might let you discover a new Japan.
Take a journey to a part of Kyoto you never knew existed.

Highlights of the season

  • Spring

    • Cherry blossoms and Mitsuba azaleas in bloom
    • Green tree frog spawning
    • Peak season for new green maple leaves
    • Temple treasure exhibition (Jingoji Temple)
    • Exhibition of the Godai Kokuzo Bosatsu Statues (Jingoji Temple)
  • Summer

    • Enjoy the cool evening breeze by the river
    • Peak season for seeing Kiyotaki River fireflies
  • Fall

    • Peak season for seeing red maple leaves
    • Maple tree illumination
    • Tea offering ceremony (Kozanji Temple)
    • Exhibition of the Godai Kokuzo Bosatsu Statue (Jingoji Temple)
  • Winter

    • First Daigomaku fire ritual (Jingoji Temple)
    • Saito Gomaku fire ritual (Saimyoji Temple)
    • See Sanbi's snow-covered landscape


  1. 50 minutes by JR Bus from JR Kyoto Station
    * On weekends during the fall foliage season and other busy times, there may be extra buses for outbound trips (to Togano) in the morning and inbound trips (to Kyoto Station) in the afternoon.
  2. 25 minutes by #8 Kyoto City Bus from Tozai Subway Uzumasa Tenjingawa Station.
  3. 15 minutes by taxi from JR Sanin Line Hanazono Station