Sights & Attractions in Kyoto

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Name Category Location
 
Adashino Nembutsu-ji
The most unusual feature of this temple is the cemetery, where...
Religious Sites Arashiyama
 
Anraku-ji
This small temple in the foothills of Higashiyama dates back...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Bamboo forest
Dense bamboo forests—with their rows on rows of long, ringed...
Forests Arashiyama
 
Byodo-in
South of Kyoto in Uji, this temple was originally the villa of...
Religious Sites Southern Kyoto
 
Chion-in
The headquarters of the Jodo sect of Buddhism, Chion-in is impressive...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Chishaku-in
Its lush garden and its paintings by Tohaku Hasegawa and his...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Choraku-ji
A procession of stone lanterns lines the steep path to this tiny...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Daigo-ji
The main temple of this mountain enclave founded in 874 is set...
Religious Sites Southern Kyoto
 
Daitoku-ji
Two dozen temples can be found in this walled compound, a holy...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Domoto-Insho Bijutsukan
An artist of tremendous versatility, Insho-san (as he was affectionately...
Museums / Galleries Western Kyoto
 
Eikan-do
Next to the Nanzen-ji temple complex, Eikan-do was built after...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Enryaku-ji
With a view over the mountain ranges and the sound of chanting...
Religious Sites Northern Kyoto
 
Fushimi-Inari Taisha
Many visitors find Fushimi-Inari Taisha's thousands of red lacquered...
Religious Sites Southern Kyoto
 
Gekkeikan Okura Kinenkan
Not far from Fushimi-Inari Taisha is a district of old white-walled...
Museums / Galleries Southern Kyoto
 
Ginkaku-ji
The Temple of the Silver Pavilion was intended to dazzle the...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Hakusa Son-so
Down the hill from Ginkaku-ji sits a century-old villa with an...
Gardens / Arboretums Eastern Kyoto
 
Heian Jingu
The massive vermilion and white walls of Heian Jingu are one...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Higashi-Hongan-ji
This temple's strong walls, mighty gates, and high-roofed main...
Religious Sites Central Kyoto
 
Hirano Jinja
Near Kinkaku-ji, the gorgeous cherry blossoms at this modest...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Honen-in
Near Ginkaku Temple on the Philosopher's Path, this is a great...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Jakko-in
After a devastating fire, this small monastery surrounded by...
Religious Sites Northern Kyoto
 
Jikko-in
At this seldom-visited temple you can sit, relax, and have a...
Religious Sites Northern Kyoto
 
Kamigamo Jinja
One of Kyoto's oldest shrines, Kamigamo Jinja is a terrific example...
Religious Sites Northern Kyoto
 
Katsura Imperial Villa
The setting for this villa is a perfect example of Japanese integration...
Houses / Mansions Arashiyama
 
Kawai Kanjiro Kinenkan
The house and workshop of prolific potter Kanjiro Kawai has been...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Kinkaku-ji
Possibly the world's most ostentatious retirement cottage, the...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Kitano Tenman-gu
In February and March, the gorgeous plum blossoms that blanket...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Kiyomizu-dera
Pilgrims have climbed Higashiyama's cobblestone streets lined...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Kodai-ji
In the heart of ancient Higashiyama's cobbled streets, the elegant...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Koinzan Saiho-ji
Entrance into this temple complex transports you into an extraordinary...
Gardens / Arboretums Arashiyama
 
Koryu-ji
One of Kyoto's oldest temples, Koryu-ji was founded in 622 by...
Religious Sites Arashiyama
 
Kurochiku Wabiza
Fine traditional crafts, including reasonably priced dolls, ceramics...
Stores / Malls Eastern Kyoto
 
Kyoto Handicraft Center
Here you'll find seven floors filled with dolls, kimonos, pottery...
Stores / Malls Eastern Kyoto
 
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Although it tops the list of must-see sights for many tourists...
Castles / Palaces Central Kyoto
 
Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
Fascinating displays reveal the painstaking care taken with Kyoto's...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Kyoto National Museum
After extensive renovations, this museum's new Collections Hall...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Kyoto Station
Kyoto's train station, derided as an eyesore by some and hailed...
Transportation Sites Central Kyoto
 
Maruyama Koen
This well-manicured park at the foot of the Higashiyama range...
Parks Eastern Kyoto
 
Miho Bijutsukan
The distance from Kyoto may make getting here seem daunting...
Museums / Galleries Northern Kyoto
 
Murin-an
In a departure from traditional Japanese gardens, this garden...
Gardens / Arboretums Eastern Kyoto
 
Myoshin-ji
Surrounded by thick stone walls, this complex holds some great...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Nanzen-ji
Several magnificent temples share this corner of the forested...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
National Museum of Modern Art
This small but excellent museum is known for its collection of...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Nijo Jinya
A short walk south of Nijo-jo is the less-visited Nijo Jinya...
Houses / Mansions Central Kyoto
 
Nijo-jo
In the early Edo period, the first Tokugawa shogun, Ieyasu, stripped...
Castles / Palaces Central Kyoto
 
Ninna-ji
With a five-tier pagoda at its center, this temple sits in a...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Nishi-Hongan-ji
Set within a sprawling compound with courtyards and gardens...
Religious Sites Central Kyoto
 
Nishijin-ori Kaikan
The Nishijin district, which still has some old wooden warehouses...
Industrial Sites Central Kyoto
 
Otoyo Jinja
Dating from 887, this small shrine was built to speed the recovery...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Raku Museum
Serious collectors of tea-ceremony artifacts are likely to have...
Museums / Galleries Central Kyoto
 
Ryoan-ji
The solemn stones set into the sand at Ryoan-ji's rock garden...
Gardens / Arboretums Western Kyoto
 
Sanjusangen-do
One of Kyoto's most awe-inspiring spectacles, this 400-foot-long...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka
With their cobbled paths and delightful wooden buildings, these...
Neighborhoods / Streets Eastern Kyoto
 
Sanzen-in
This small temple of the Tendai sect was founded by the renowned...
Religious Sites Northern Kyoto
 
Sen-oku Hakuko Kan
This refined museum presents the extraordinary collection of...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Shoren-in
Paintings by the Kano School are on view at this Tendai sect...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Shouzan Mirokuin
A popular neighborhood chapel called Shawase no Jizo (Happy Jizo)...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Shugaku-in Imperial Villa
The focus of this compound is not the opulent villas but the...
Castles / Palaces Northern Kyoto
 
Tenryu-ji
For good reason this is known as the Temple of the Heavenly Dragon:...
Religious Sites Arashiyama
 
To-ji
Famous for its towering pagodas, To-ji was established by imperial...
Religious Sites Central Kyoto
 
Tofuku-ji
A fabulous gateway arch—the oldest in Japan—attracts many visitors...
Religious Sites Southern Kyoto
 
Yasaka Jinja
The magnificent vermilion-and-white gate of Kyoto's central shrine...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
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