Kyoto

Kyoto Attractions

Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku-ji,  is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto, and a major highlight of any visit to the city. The three-story pagoda gleams with gold leaf, though it is a 1955 ...  Read more

Kiyomizu Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The Kiyomizu Temple is an ancient institution, dating back to 798 AD and the days of Nara. Its classic design influenced temple architecture for centuries. The hill-top temple is a Kyoto ...  Read more

Sanjusangen-do Hall

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Built in 1164, Sanjusangendo Temple impresses in scope, size, and detail, with 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, flanking the main image of a giant, seated Kannon. Carved in the 12th and ...  Read more

Fushimi Inari Shrine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Dedicated to the gods of sake and rice, the Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. Five shrines dot the forested temple grounds, and the arched red lines of torii ...  Read more

Arashiyama Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 37 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

For classic Kyoto in a nutshell, head to Arashiyama Park. The perennially popular area is rich in temples and a riot of fall colors in November, with pink cherry blossoms in April. The park area ...  Read more

Byodo-in Temple

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Rating

If you think this classic furled-roof temple looks familiar, take a look at a 10-yen coin, and you’ll see why. One of Japan's most famous temples, and a World Heritage Site, the image of its 11th ...  Read more

Chion-in

The classically curved eaves, ceremonial steps and oversized two-story gateway mark Chion-in Temple as something special, even in temple-filled Kyoto. The main temple of the Jodo school of ...  Read more

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