Historically the area of Minami Ward has played an important role. Being on the only side of the city which is not bound by mountains, the area has long been the gateway to Kyoto.
The Katsura and the Kamo Rivers both course through Minami, a ward which is predominately a working class area with a number of large factories and industrial complexes.
One of Kyoto’s most enduring landmarks, Toji Temple, with its iconic five-storey pagoda is located in Minami. The temple also holds a large flea market on the 21st of every month however besides this major attraction the ward has little to offer foreign visitors.