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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Sen-oku Hakko Kan

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The very fine Sen-oku Hakko Kan museum exhibits ancient Chinese bronzes collected over three decades by Kichizaemon Sumitomo (1865–1926),...


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Large 800-year-old camphor trees flank the entrance path to this Tendai sect temple. Although the present main hall dates from 1895,...

Shouzan Mirokuin

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Set on the mountainside of Philosopher's Walk is the small shrine of Shiawase no Jizo (Joyful Jizo), with an image of the Buddhist figure...

Shugaku-in Imperial Villa

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The Imperial Villa was in active use until about 100 years ago when it became part of the Imperial Household Agency, thereby requiring...


  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

Uji is renowned throughout Japan for its excellent tea, and this teahouse along the picturesque banks of the Uji River is a fine place...

Tale of Genji Museum

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The Tale of Genji is an 11th-century literary masterpiece that depicts the life of an imperial prince. The final chapters, set in the...


  • Historic District/Site

This temple is well named. In the 14th century, Emperor Go-Daigo, who had brought an end to the Kamakura shogunate, was forced from his...


  • Historic District/Site

Famous for its towering pagoda, the most prominent one visible when entering the city, the temple of To-ji was established by imperial...


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The immense Sanmon Gate at the west entrance of Tofuku-ji, a Rinzai Zen temple, is the oldest gate in Japan and one of three approaches...

Yasaka Jinja

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Stone stairs lead up through the vermilion-and-white gate of Kyoto's central shrine, which plays an essential role in the city's fiscal...


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