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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  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This major temple complex of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism dates from 1319, but fires during the Onin Civil War destroyed it in 1468.

Hirano Jinja

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


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

Kitano Tenman-gu

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A shrine of major importance to the city, Kitano Tenman-gu is famous for the hundreds of plum trees on its grounds. It is also well known...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

A Zen temple complex with 47 subtemples, Myoshin-ji contains many valuable treasures. One of them, a painting of a coiling, writhing...


  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Immense images of temple guardians are enclosed on both sides of the massive gate here. With a five-tier pagoda at its center, Ninna-ji...


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The arrangement of stones amid the raked sand of this temple's rock garden is appropriately solemn for a National Treasure and UNESCO...


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