Kyoto Sights

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  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This temple's strong walls, mighty gates, and high-roofed main hall are impressive enough to make some newcomers believe they are looking...

Kyoto Imperial Palace

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Although it tops the list of must-see sights for many tourists, the Imperial Palace leaves many underwhelmed. In fact, you are prohibited...

Kyoto Kokusai Manga Myujiamu

  • Museum/Gallery

Though most visitors probably associate these stylized comic books with Tokyo, Kyoto is actually a hub for manga thanks to its rich...

Kyoto Station

  • Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

Kyoto's train station, derided as an eyesore by some and hailed as an architectural masterpiece by others, is more than just the city's...

Nijo Jinya

  • House/Mansion/Villa

A short walk south of Nijo-jo is the less-visited Nijo Jinya, a former merchant house built in the 17th century. The house later became...


  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

In the early Edo period, the first Tokugawa shogun, Ieyasu, stripped all power from Kyoto's Imperial Court by consolidating a new military...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Set within a sprawling compound with courtyards and gardens, the graceful curves, stout lintels, and ornate gold accents of this temple...

Nishijin-ori Kaikan

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The Nishijin district, which still has some old wooden warehouses hugging the canals, hangs onto the artistic thread of traditional Japanese...

Raku Museum

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Serious collectors of tea-ceremony artifacts are likely to have a Raku bowl in their collections. The Raku Museum displays more than...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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...