Tour of Kyoto's Tea Culture "Yamashiro Area"

This area is located in the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture (excluding Kyoto City). With vegetables grown in the high-quality land and tea plantations in the mountainous areas, which are famous for Uji tea, you can enjoy a ride that will delight your taste buds in terms of food and sweets. Also in the Yamashiro area, the "Kyonawa Bicycle Path," popular among cyclists, traverses the area from Arashiyama in Kyoto's Nishikyo Ward through Nara Prefecture to Wakayama Port.

Yamashiro Area Cycle Route Information


Shoju-in Temple

Address | 149 Kawakami, Okuyamada, Ujitawara-cho, Tsuduki-gun, Kyoto This temple of the Koyasan Shingon sect was built about 800 years ago. The temple holds a wind-bell festival during the summer season and is known by the name "Fu-ring-dera" (wind-bell temple). Many visitors come to see the heart-shaped window (inome-mado) in the guest hall and the ceiling paintings.

Tea Plantations of Sayama-Hamadai

Address | Sayamahamadai, Kumiyama-cho, Kuse-gun, Kyoto The tea plantation stretches inside the Kizu River embankment and produces high-quality "tencha" tea. The beautiful scenery of the tea plantation has been recognized as a Japanese Heritage Site, and can be seen from the bike path.


Address | Kawabata, Kamitsuya Miyamae, Yawata City, Kyoto One of the largest wooden bridges in Japan spans over a white sand riverbed. It is famous for being intentionally designed to be washed away during floods. It is also a classic location for period drama.
*Please walk your bicycle

Shuon-an Ikkyu-ji temple

Address | 102, Takigisatonouchi, Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Shuon-an is a temple of the Daitokuji school of Rinzai Zen Buddhism, also known as "Ikkyu-ji" or "Takigi-no-Ikkyu-ji. Karesansui (dry landscape garden) can be seen in the precincts. The temple's specialty is Ikkyu-ji natto (fermented soybeans) made by the temple's priests.

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine

Address | 30 Yawata Takabo, Yawata City, Kyoto The shrine is one of the three major Hachimangu shrines in Japan and is visited by many worshippers as a power spot to pray for victory. The beautiful vermilion-lacquered shrine pavilion is recognized as a national treasure.

Tea Plantations of Ishitera

Address | 82 Maruzuka, Ishitera, Wazuka-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto This tea plantation was designated as the first scenic asset by the prefectural government. The steeply sloping mountain, which seems to reach skyward, has tea fields extending all the way to its peak.

Mantoroyama Observatory

Address | Taga Omine, Ide-cho, Tsuduki-gun, Kyoto The observatory offers a panoramic view of the city of Kyoto from its 300-meter-high summit. The forest road leading to the summit is a gradual road with an average gradient of 7-8%, and is ideal for hill climbing due to low traffic volume and uneven road surface.

Nishinoyama Observatory

Address | Nishinoyama, Gonokuchi, Ujitawara-cho, Tsuduki-gun, Kyoto This observatory offers a panoramic view of the rich mountains, the town of Uji-Tawara, and the Nishinoyama Tea Plantation (Soen no Sato, Uji-Tawara), one of the largest tea gardens in Kyoto. The "heart cube" set up in the plaza is also popular as a "photo spot.


Address | Yawata Zaioji, Yawata City, Kyoto Located near the confluence of the Kizu, Uji, and Katsura Rivers, it is a vibrant facility where people, goods, and information meet as a base for inter-regional exchange, regional promotion, and sightseeing tours. As a rest stop located at the node of the Katsura, Kizu, and Yodo Rivers Cycling Paths, it attracts many cyclists.