Kyoto city and the surrounding prefecture are full of historic spots worth a vist, but of course some places are going to be over-hyped. So, goo Ranking recently conducted a survey looking at Kyoto prefecture tourist spots that didn’t live up to expectations.
1st: Kyoto Tower, 113 votes
The clear winner here, mainly as the modern-looking tower is out of place in old Kyoto, but also that most of the interesting buildings are too close and difficult to photograph well. I’ve never been up it myself, but looking at English-language reviews, it is worth it. By the way, the shape of the tower is modeled on a candle.
2nd: Kyoto International Manga Museum, 31 votes
As you can perhaps guess from the photo, the manga museum is in an old school building. Going to a building full of manga comics to read sounds like a dream for many a person, but apparaently there are few permanent displays, little series criticism or research, so combined with many areas where photographs are forbidden, it is often a disappointment to visitors expecting much more.
3rd: Philosopher’s Walk, 30 votes
What could be wrong with a nice stroll amongst the trees along a stream? It’s a bit narrow so soon gets packed, and outside of cherry blossom and autumn leaves season it’s all a bit dull, quite frankly. I’ve walked it too, and did have the feeling of “Is that it?” too. There’s some nice tea shops along the way, so if you get bored with the stroll stopping for a cuppa should refresh you.
4th: Dreamton Village, 28 votes
There’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever England, and Japan is no exception with this recently-opened fake English village. From the reviews I’ve seen from British people, it is very nicely done with a solid, authentic feel, but from a Japanese viewpoint, the entrance fee is high (although apparently it has recently been done away with), there are few things to see, and the queues for the restaurant are very long.
Having said that, once I return to Kansai I think I’ll pay a visit.
5th: Ginkakuji (Silver pavilion), 27 votes
Not very silvery is it? Compared to its big brother, the Golden pavilion, this place looks rather dull. However, I enjoyed it when I went, but perhaps I didn’t go with many expectations. From a tourist point of view, the tour pamphlets probably have seriously touched-up images so turning up and seeing this rather ordinary-looking temple would be a disappointment.
6th=: Kiyomizu Temple, 22 votes
Who could not like Kiyomizu? The only reason I can think of is finding it packed with tourists and not being able to have a quiet stroll around.
6th=: Nijo Castle, 22 votes
Another surprising entry! I suppose if you were expecting a tower like most other Japanese castles, finding it was more a stately home kind of place rather than a defensive structure would be a disappointment, but it really is worth a visit!
6th=: Kinkakuji (Golden pavilion), 22 votes
A wonderful photo, but for each perfect photography day, there’s many an overcast day. It’s another over-popular place, and one probably has to fight past 101 photographers to traverse the gardens. The day I went there, it was with a photographer friend who spent far too much time trying to line up his photos, so I only have bad memories of the place.
9th: Kamo River
The main river through the centre of Kyoto with, as you can see in the photo, restaurants lined up on platforms over the river. However, the banks are all concreted over and there is a distinct lack of character when strolling along the riverside.
10th: Tandenan (Graffiti temple), 17 votes
This is what you normally see at temples (the literal translation is “Graffiti forbidden”), but at Tandenan you can scribble on the walls! See this review here. Perhaps the disappointment came from having to pay 300 yen a time to write!
|11||Otabe confectionery factory shop||16|
|14=||Shakuzo Temple (Kuginuki Jizo)||14|
|16=||Kyoto City Zoo||13|
|16=||Bamboo Grove Road||13|
|19=||Japanese Oni (Demon) Exchange Museum||12|
|19=||Maizuru Brick Park||12|
|23||Ichijo Modoribashi Bridge||11|
|24=||Fushiumi Inari Shrine||10|
|24=||Tadasu Forest at Shimokamo Shrine||10|
|27||Sagano Scenic Train (Sagano Torokko Train)||9|
|28=||Otagi Nenbutsu Temple||8|
|30=||Hanami Koji Dori||7|
|30=||Adashino Nenbutsu Temple||7|
|40=||Suzaku-mon (Gate) Ruins||5|
|40=||Kyoto Prefectural Domoto-Insho Museum of Fine Arts||5|
|46=||Kyoto Railway Museum||4|
|46=||Kayabuki no Sato/Kitamura||4|
goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 31st of January and 3rd of February 2017 500 members, 50:50 male and female and aged between 20 and 39 years old, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.