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
 
Byodo-in
South of Kyoto in Uji, this temple was originally the villa of...
Religious Sites Southern 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Yasaka Jinja
The magnificent vermilion-and-white gate of Kyoto's central shrine...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
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