Don't do this!
This proposed itinerary from japan-guide covers about 8Km, not including distance walked inside each area, and takes "8 hours" to be complete point to point. It does not, however, include all east Kyoto (it is missing 1Km further south), and aside from the already pointed "extra points of interest" marked in blue, misses around 10 must-see places, as well ignores a few needs. Without going into details, since we will cover most of why this is so wrong and why you can do a lot better, let's just say no, don't do it - not because it is or isn't rushed, but because there are better uses of your time to do a proper eastern Kyoto itinerary, as below:
A (impossible) complete eastern Kyoto overview.
While certainly still not complete, this would be a lot more complete itinerary with every bit of eastern Kyoto you can imagine, although it is impossible to be done in one day, even with a bike. This is a heavy itinerary covering easily 15h of your day. Needless to say, it cannot be done (the sun will be down and temples and parks closed long before you are near the end), but let's explore all that eastern Kyoto have to offer it nevertheless, if you just want to see the better route proposed, skip this:
Totals for this itinerary, which is also "medium pace" (I think it is rushed)?
Note: in red, places not included in neither Japan-guide nor out proposal.
- Breakfast and commute to Yoshida-Shrine: 1:15h
- Total walking time: 15Km, to a total of 5h (this includes 30 minute slow pace in Yoshida)
- Yoshida Shrine and mount: 15 extra minutes from walking for pictures and wonder (from now on marked as "extra")
- Ginkakuji: 30min
- Philosopher's Path: 5 extra minutes
- Honenin: 15min
- Anrakuji and Reikanji: 20min
- Kumano Nyakuoji: 10min
- Eikando: 30min
- Nanzenji, Shinjoin and Aquaduct: 30min
- Keage Incline: 5 extra minutes
- Kuradani Temple and cemitery: 20min
- Heian Shrine (outside): 15min
- Heian Garden: 30min
- Chionin, Shorenin and Maruyama Park: 30min
- Yasaka Shrine: 15min
- Kenninji: 30min
- Kodaiji: 30min
- Ryozen Kannon: 15min
- Window Shopping in Sannenzaka and Kiyomizuzaka: 15 min
- Kiyomizu-dera and other temples in the grounds: 1h
- Oyahon/Otani Mausoleum: 10min
- Toyokuni Shrine: 10min
- Sanjusangendo: 30min
- Commuting back to downtown: ~30min
- Lunch and breaks: ~45min
TOTAL: 15:30 hours (rushed, and not including Shogunzuka Mound)
A proper one-day itinerary
There is a saying that there is no problem if there is no solution, meaning, you can't whine about something being wrong if you can't offer the solution. Well, let's fix that now.
The following itinerary is a medium-paced route that starts at Ginkakuji end ends in Gion. It makes use of subway to maximize time, and includes all major and some minor places. It also guarantees sun during all itinerary except in winter, as well that you will have time for everything. (temples that close are all visited way before the time)
This itinerary accounts for lunch, breaks and rounds times up for delays. Total time is 9h.
In green, itens added on top of Japan-guide. The left route is the equivalent (yet better) option, the right route is more intense and a little rushed, but visits more places.
|Proposed Path - medium pace/best||Proposed Path - fast pace/longer|
Total Time: 9:20h (10Km)
Walking Time (leisurely): 2:20h
Waling inside grounds/paths: 3:15h
Places visited: 22 + shopping stop + lunch stop (30 min)
Total Time: 9:30h (13Km)
Walking Time (firm pace): 3:30h
Walking inside grounds/paths: 3:00h
Places visited: 24 + lunch stop (20 min)