Sights & Attractions in Kyoto

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Name Category Location
 
Adashino Nembutsu-ji
The most unusual feature of this temple is the...
Religious Sites Arashiyama
 
Anraku-ji
This small temple in the foothills of Higashiyama...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Arashiyama Monkey Park
After hiking for 15 minutes up a low-lying...
Nature Preserves Arashiyama
 
Bamboo forest
Dense bamboo forests—with their rows on rows of...
Forests Arashiyama
 
Byodo-in
South of Kyoto in Uji, this temple was originally...
Religious Sites Southern Kyoto
 
Chion-in
The headquarters of the Jodo sect of Buddhism,...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Chishaku-in
Its lush garden and its paintings by Tohaku...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Choraku-ji
A procession of stone lanterns lines the steep...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Daigo-ji
The main temple of this mountain enclave...
Religious Sites Southern Kyoto
 
Daitoku-ji
Two dozen temples can be found in this walled...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Domoto-Insho Bijutsukan
An artist of tremendous versatility, Insho-san...
Museums / Galleries Western Kyoto
 
Eikan-do
Next to the Nanzen-ji temple complex, Eikan-do...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Enryaku-ji
With a view over the mountain ranges and the...
Religious Sites Northern Kyoto
 
Fushimi-Inari Taisha
Many visitors find Fushimi-Inari Taisha's...
Religious Sites Southern Kyoto
 
Gekkeikan Okura Kinenkan
Not far from Fushimi-Inari Taisha is a...
Museums / Galleries Southern Kyoto
 
Ginkaku-ji
The Temple of the Silver Pavilion was intended to...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Hakusa Son-so
Down the hill from Ginkaku-ji sits a century-old...
Gardens / Arboretums Eastern Kyoto
 
Heian Jingu
The massive vermilion and white walls of Heian...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Higashi-Hongan-ji
This temple's strong walls, mighty gates, and...
Religious Sites Central Kyoto
 
Hirano Jinja
Near Kinkaku-ji, the gorgeous cherry blossoms at...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Honen-in
Near Ginkaku Temple on the Philosopher's Path,...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Jakko-in
After a devastating fire, this small monastery...
Religious Sites Northern Kyoto
 
Jikko-in
At this seldom-visited temple you can sit, relax,...
Religious Sites Northern Kyoto
 
Kamigamo Jinja
One of Kyoto's oldest shrines, Kamigamo Jinja...
Religious Sites Northern Kyoto
 
Katsura Imperial Villa
The setting for this villa is a perfect...
Houses / Mansions Arashiyama
 
Kawai Kanjiro Kinenkan
The house and workshop of prolific potter Kanjiro...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Kinkaku-ji
Possibly the world's most ostentatious retirement...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Kitano Tenman-gu
In February and March, the gorgeous plum blossoms...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Kiyomizu-dera
Pilgrims have climbed Higashiyama's cobblestone...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Kodai-ji
In the heart of ancient Higashiyama's cobbled...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Koinzan Saiho-ji
Entrance into this temple complex transports you...
Gardens / Arboretums Arashiyama
 
Koryu-ji
One of Kyoto's oldest temples, Koryu-ji was...
Religious Sites Arashiyama
 
Kosho-ji
If you have time after visiting Byodo-in,...
Religious Sites Southern Kyoto
 
Kurochiku Wabiza
Fine traditional crafts, including reasonably...
Stores / Malls Eastern Kyoto
 
Kyoto Aquarium
Inspired by the multitude of rivers that flow...
Zoos / Aquariums Northern Kyoto
 
Kyoto Handicraft Center
Here you'll find seven floors filled with dolls,...
Stores / Malls Eastern Kyoto
 
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Although it tops the list of must-see sights for...
Castles / Palaces Central Kyoto
 
Kyoto Kokusai Manga Myujiamu
Though most visitors probably associate these...
Museums / Galleries Central Kyoto
 
Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
Fascinating displays reveal the painstaking care...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Kyoto National Museum
After extensive renovations, this museum's new...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Kyoto Station
Kyoto's train station, derided as an eyesore by...
Transportation Sites Central Kyoto
 
Maruyama Koen
This well-manicured park at the foot of the...
Parks Eastern Kyoto
 
Miho Bijutsukan
The distance from Kyoto may make getting here...
Museums / Galleries Northern Kyoto
 
Murin-an
In a departure from traditional Japanese gardens,...
Gardens / Arboretums Eastern Kyoto
 
Myoshin-ji
Surrounded by thick stone walls, this complex...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Nanzen-ji
Several magnificent temples share this corner of...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
National Museum of Modern Art
This small but excellent museum is known for its...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Nijo Jinya
A short walk south of Nijo-jo is the less-visited...
Houses / Mansions Central Kyoto
 
Nijo-jo
In the early Edo period, the first Tokugawa...
Castles / Palaces Central Kyoto
 
Ninna-ji
With a five-tier pagoda at its center, this...
Religious Sites Western Kyoto
 
Nishi-Hongan-ji
Set within a sprawling compound with courtyards...
Religious Sites Central Kyoto
 
Nishijin-ori Kaikan
The Nishijin district, which still has some old...
Industrial Sites Central Kyoto
 
Otoyo Jinja
Dating from 887, this small shrine was built to...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Raku Museum
Serious collectors of tea-ceremony artifacts are...
Museums / Galleries Central Kyoto
 
Ryoan-ji
The solemn stones set into the sand at Ryoan-ji's...
Gardens / Arboretums Western Kyoto
 
Sanjusangen-do
One of Kyoto's most awe-inspiring spectacles,...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka
With their cobbled paths and delightful wooden...
Neighborhoods / Streets Eastern Kyoto
 
Sanzen-in
This small temple of the Tendai sect was...
Religious Sites Northern Kyoto
 
Sen-oku Hakuko Kan
This refined museum presents the extraordinary...
Museums / Galleries Eastern Kyoto
 
Shoren-in
Paintings by the Kano School are on view at this...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Shouzan Mirokuin
A popular neighborhood chapel called Shawase no...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto
 
Shugaku-in Imperial Villa
The focus of this compound is not the opulent...
Castles / Palaces Northern Kyoto
 
Tale of Genji Museum
A novel written at the beginning of the 11th...
Museums / Galleries Southern Kyoto
 
Tenryu-ji
For good reason this is known as the Temple of...
Religious Sites Arashiyama
 
To-ji
Famous for its towering pagodas, To-ji was...
Religious Sites Central Kyoto
 
Tofuku-ji
A fabulous gateway arch—the oldest in...
Religious Sites Southern Kyoto
 
Yasaka Jinja
The magnificent vermilion-and-white gate of...
Religious Sites Eastern Kyoto

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