Sights & Attractions in Kyoto

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Sights Overview
Name Category Location
 
Anraku-ji
This small temple in the foothills of Higashiyama dates back to...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Bamboo forest
Dense bamboo forests—with their rows on rows of long, ringed...
Forests Arashiyama
 
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
 
Hakusa Son-so
Down the hill from Ginkaku-ji sits a century-old villa with an...
Gardens / Arboretums Eastern 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
 
Kawai Kanjiro Kinenkan
The house and workshop of prolific potter Kanjiro Kawai has been...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Kodai-ji
In the heart of ancient Higashiyama's cobbled streets, the elegant...
Religious Sites 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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Tofuku-ji
A fabulous gateway arch—the oldest in Japan—attracts many visitors...
Religious Sites Southern Kyoto
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