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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Adashino Nembutsu-ji

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The most unusual feature of this temple is the cemetery, where about 8,000 stone Buddhas are packed together, a solemn sea of quiet mourners...

Arashiyama Monkey Park

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After hiking for 15 minutes up a low-lying mountain, you can feed wild monkeys who are carefully tracked and cared for by friendly staffers...

Bamboo forest

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Dense bamboo forests—with their rows on rows of long, ringed, smooth stems—provide a feeling of composure and tranquillity. The sound...

Katsura Imperial Villa

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The setting for this villa is a perfect example of Japanese integration of nature and architecture. Here you find Japan's oldest surviving...

Koinzan Saiho-ji

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Entrance into this temple complex transports you into an extraordinary sea of green: 120 varieties of moss create waves of greens and...


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One of Kyoto's oldest temples, Koryu-ji was founded in 622 by Kawakatsu Hata in memory of Prince Shotoku (572–621). Shotoku, known...


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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...