Kyoto Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Kyoto - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Sanzen-in

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This small temple of the Tendai sect was founded by the renowned priest Dengyo-Daishi (767–822). The temple is a monzeki, meaning...

Sen-oku Hakuko Kan

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This refined museum presents the extraordinary collection of ancient Chinese bronzes collected by Kichizaemon Sumitomo for more than...

Shoren-in

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Paintings by the Kano School are on view at this Tendai sect temple, a five-minute walk north of Chion-in. Although the temple's present...

Shouzan Mirokuin

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A popular neighborhood chapel called Shawase no Jizo (Happy Jizo) by locals, it houses a lovely image of Jizo in an orange-red robe holding...

Shugaku-in Imperial Villa

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The focus of this compound is not the opulent villas but the sumptuous gardens. The grounds are held to be one of the great masterpieces...

Tale of Genji Museum

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A novel written at the beginning of the 11th century, The Tale of Genji is a masterpiece that depicts the life of an imperial prince.

Tenryu-ji

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For good reason this is known as the Temple of the Heavenly Dragon: in the 14th century, Emperor Go-Daigo, who had brought an end to...

To-ji

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Famous for its towering pagodas, To-ji was established by imperial edict in 796 and called Kyo-o-gokoku-ji, To-ji was built to guard...

Tofuku-ji

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A fabulous gateway arch—the oldest in Japan—attracts many visitors to this expansive medieval complex of 24 temples. At 22 meters...

Yasaka Jinja

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The magnificent vermilion-and-white gate of Kyoto's central shrine retains an essential role in the city's fiscal good fortune: in addition...

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