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  • 1. Kinkaku-ji

    Kita-ku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

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  • 2. Ryoan-ji

    Ukyo-ku | Garden/Arboretum

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

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  • 3. Daitoku-ji

    Kita-ku | 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. Most...Read More

  • 4. Hirano Jinja

    Kita-ku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 5. Kitano Tenman-gu

    Kamigyo-ku | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    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 to...Read More

  • 6. Myoshin-ji

    Ukyo-ku | 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 dragon...Read More

  • 7. Ninna-ji

    Ukyo-ku | 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 has...Read More

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