Near the Ryozen Museum of History you’ll find many historic sites related to the Bakumatsu period and the Meiji Restoration, as well as many other points of interest throughout the Higashiyama area. We hope you’ll make the most of your visit to this historic area.
A charming, maze-like stone-paved alleyway. The paving stones are said to be repurposed from the city’s old streetcar system.
Hokan-ji Temple’s iconic five-story pagoda, a symbol of Higashiyama.
Site of the Goryo Eji Quarters
Outside Gesshin-in Temple, a stone plinth marks the location of the former quarters of the Goryo Eji, a group led by Ito Kashitaro that broke away from the Shinsengumi and was tasked with guarding the tomb of Emperor Komei.
Built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s principal wife, Nene, in his memory. A five-minute walk from the museum along Nene-no-michi.
Site of the Suikoukan
Prior to the Coup of September 30, 1863 against the Bakufu, the Suikoukan was a regular meeting place of Katsura Kogoro, Kusaka Genzui, Takechi Hanpeita, and other imperial loyalists. It is now home to Japanese-style fine-dining restaurant Kyoyamato , which was renovated and reopened in 2019.
Originally the approach to Shoho-ji Temple, located on the hillside above, this long, steep slope was used to transport the remains of Sakamoto Ryoma, Nakaoka Shintaro, and other Bakumatsu leaders to their final resting places at Kyoto Ryozen Gokoku Shrine. The top of the slope offers fine views of the Higashiyama area and Kyoto.
Kyoto Ryozen Gokoku Shrine
Here one can visit the graves of Sakamoto Ryoma, Nakaoka Shintaro, Kido Takayoshi and other leaders of the Bakumatsu period and the Meiji Restoration.
The view of Kyoto from the veranda of this famous World Heritage Site is a must-see. A 15-minute walk from the museum takes you along the quaint old streets of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka with their many shops, cafes, and restaurants. The veranda has been undergoing renovation since May 2020.