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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Anraku-ji

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This small temple in the foothills of Higashiyama dates back to the 12th century, when the priest Honen began to preach a novel means...

Chion-in

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The headquarters of the Jodo sect of Buddhism, Chion-in is impressive enough to have been cast in the film The Last Samurai as a stand-in...

Chishaku-in

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Its lush garden and its paintings by Tohaku Hasegawa and his son Kyuzo—some of the best examples of the Momoyama period—are the best...

Choraku-ji

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

A procession of stone lanterns lines the steep path to this tiny temple, founded by Emperor Kammu with the priest Saicho in 805. In 1185,...

Eikan-do

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Next to the Nanzen-ji temple complex, Eikan-do was built after the original temple, dating from 855, was destroyed in the 15th century.

Ginkaku-ji

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The Temple of the Silver Pavilion was intended to dazzle the courtly world with its opulence, but the current structure is an exercise...

Hakusa Son-so

  • Garden/Arboretum

Down the hill from Ginkaku-ji sits a century-old villa with an impeccable garden. This was once the home of painter Kansetsu Hashimoto,...

Heian Jingu

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The massive vermilion and white walls of Heian Jingu are one of Kyoto's best-known symbols. Built in the 1890s to commemorate the 1,100th...

Honen-in

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Near Ginkaku Temple on the Philosopher's Path, this is a great place to escape from Kyoto's hustle and bustle. Flanking a flagstone pathway...

Kawai Kanjiro Kinenkan

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The house and workshop of prolific potter Kanjiro Kawai has been transformed into a museum showcasing his distinctive works. One of the...

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