*** There are many famous attractions in the Higashiyama area of Kyoto. Here are a few of them, including links to more information: ***
Heian Jingu
10 minutes away on foot, Heian is a beautiful shrine known for the Festival of the Ages in October. The entrance boasts one of the largest torii gates in Japan.
http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/index_e.html

Chion-In Temple
Only 8 minutes away on foot, Chion-in is the head temple of the Jodo-Shinshu sect of Japanese Buddhism. It has a very large ceremonial bell and beautiful gardens.
http://www.chion-in.or.jp

Shoren-in Temple
A solemn and peaceful temple in the area.
http://www.shorenin.com/english/

Kyoto City Art Museum
Modern and contemporary art, with a variety of visiting international exhibits.
Both of these fine museums are 8 minutes away on foot, on the way to Heian Jingu Shrine
http://www.city.kyoto.jp

Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art
Both of these fine museums are 8 minutes away on foot, on the way to Heian Jingu Shrine
http://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Gion・Maiko
The well-known Gion district is just to the south, and has amazing traditional streets and views, with many beautiful restaurants. Perfect for a leisurely walk.

Yasaka Jinja Shrine
12 minutes away in the direction of the Gion district, this shrine is famous for cherry blossoms in the spring, and it is the gateway to the historical walk going to Kiyomizu-dera.
http://www.yasaka-jinja.or.jp/en/

Kiyomizu-Dera temple
Walk the cobblestone streets from Yasaka-Jinja for a wonderful half day of photography and beautiful scenery.
http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp

Kyoto Handicraft Center
a great place to get arts and souvenirs of all types and price ranges. 12 minutes away on foot.
http://www.kyotohandicraftcenter.com

Kyoto City Zoo
Kyoto City Zoo – fun for the whole family, 10 minutes away on foot:
http://www5.city.kyoto.jp/zoo/lang/en