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  • 1. Adashino Nembutsu-ji

    Ukyo-ku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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...Read More

  • 2. Katsura Imperial Villa

    Ukyo-ku | House/Mansion/Villa

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

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  • 3. Koinzan Saiho-ji

    Nishikyo-ku | Garden/Arboretum

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

  • 4. Koryu-ji

    Ukyo-ku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 during...Read More

  • 5. Tenryu-ji

    Ukyo-ku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple is well named. In the 14th century, Emperor Go-Daigo, who had brought an end to the Kamakura shogunate, was forced from his throne...Read More

  • 6. Arashiyama Monkey Park

    Nishikyo-ku | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The tables are turned at this primate reserve where humans enter a cage while the resident monkeys roam free—except when clinging to the cage...Read More

  • 7. Bamboo Forest

    Ukyo-ku | Forest

    A narrow path through dense patches of bamboo—thick, with straight, smooth green stems—gives most who pass through it a feeling of composure...Read More

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