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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Two dozen temples can be found in this walled compound, a holy place for the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. The original temple was founded...

Domoto-Insho Bijutsukan

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An artist of tremendous versatility, Insho-san (as he was affectionately known) worked in wood, stained-glass, oils, and watercolors.

Hirano Jinja

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Near Kinkaku-ji, the gorgeous cherry blossoms at this modest shrine have been the focus of an annual spring festival since 985. The pale...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Possibly the world's most ostentatious retirement cottage, the magnificent gold-sheathed Kinkaku-ji was built by Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga...

Kitano Tenman-gu

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In February and March, the gorgeous plum blossoms that blanket the gardens surrounding this shrine make it a great place to warm your...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Surrounded by thick stone walls, this complex holds some great treasures within its 47 temples. The biggest tourist draw is in the lecture...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

With a five-tier pagoda at its center, this temple sits in a parklike setting. It's surrounded by late-blooming cherry trees that attract...


  • Garden/Arboretum

The solemn stones set into the sand at Ryoan-ji's rock garden has become one of Japan's quintessential images. The simple arrangement...