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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With a view over the mountain ranges and the sound of chanting filling the air, this extensive complex of ancient temples and worship...


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After a devastating fire, this small monastery surrounded by a quiet garden was completely rebuilt in 2005. The temple's history goes...


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At this seldom-visited temple you can sit, relax, and have a taste of the tea ceremony. To enter, ring the gong on the outside of the...

Kamigamo Jinja

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One of Kyoto's oldest shrines, Kamigamo Jinja is a terrific example of rich Heian architecture. With charming bridges, sand sculptures,...

Kyoto Aquarium

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Inspired by the multitude of rivers that flow into the Kyoto basin, this landlocked aquarium fresh and salt water creatures alike. Holding...

Miho Bijutsukan

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The distance from Kyoto may make getting here seem daunting, but the Miho Museum is well worth the trip, thanks both to its phenomenal...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This small temple of the Tendai sect was founded by the renowned priest Dengyo-Daishi (767–822). The temple is a monzeki, meaning...

Shugaku-in Imperial Villa

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The focus of this compound is not the opulent villas but the sumptuous gardens. The grounds are held to be one of the great masterpieces...