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 its cemetery, where about 8,000 stone images stand, a solemn sea of silent mourners. The statues...


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In 1083 the Fujiwara no Yorimichi, a member of a very powerful clan, built this villa, a UNESCO World Heritage site whose image graces...


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This temple complex, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is as majestic as the mountain where it is located. Mt. Hiei has a long and entangled...

Fushimi-Inari Taisha

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This shrine's thousands of red gates may well be the quintessential image of Japan. The gates line the path up the mountainside, parted...


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A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Temple of the Silver Pavilion was intended to impress the courtly world with its opulence, but the...

Katsura Imperial Villa

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Considered the epitome of beauty, culture, landscape, and architecture, the Imperial Villa is highly regarded here and abroad. The landscape...


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


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Pilgrims have climbed Higashiyama's stone-inlaid streets to this historic mountainside temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for centuries.

Koinzan Saiho-ji

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The monks who run this temple and garden complex require visitors to perform a task upon arrival to prepare them to appreciate fully...


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


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