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Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Kiyomizu Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

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.  ...  Read more

Kyoto Imperial Palace

4 star rating: Recommended 37 Reviews

Japan's royal family no longer live in Kyoto Imperial Palace, but the imperial furnishings have been preserved. The immaculate parkland surrounding the ...  Read more

Nijo Castle

4 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

A truly impressive fortified complex, Nijō Castle was built in 1603 as the official residence of the first Tokugawa shogun. With its moats, walls, secret ...  Read more

Sanjusangen-do Hall

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Fushimi Inari Shrine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

The Philosopher’s Path

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

One of Japan’s heralded philosophers is said to have meditated daily as he walked on a stone route alongside a canal on his commute to Kyoto University. The ...  Read more

Himeji Castle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

If you take a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, make it Himeji. The famous many-tiered white castle at Himeji is acclaimed as Japan’s most beautiful and complete ...  Read more

Heian Shrine

4.5 star rating: Recommended 304 Reviews

No wonder this serene destination was once featured in "Lost in Translation" the Heian Shrine is easily one of Kyoto's most beautiful. Built in 1884 to ...  Read more

Arashiyama Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Tenryu-ji Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Ranked number one of Kyoto's five great temples, Tenryu-ji celebrates a history dating back to 1339 and stands in dedication and memory to an ancient emperor. ...  Read more

Nishiki Food Market

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

From sushi fish to kitchen knives, you’ll find everything under the sun relating to food at Nishiki Market. The covered market is a foodie's wonderland, ...  Read more

Gion Corner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

The refined traditional arts of Japan are highlighted for visitors at Gion Corner, an entertaining and informative nightspot. From tea ceremony to the ...  Read more

Byodo-in Temple

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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 ...  Read more

Togetsukyo Bridge

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Once a destination for nobles, the Arashiyama district of Kyoto boasts small-town charm and beautiful mountainside views. Today, the popular neighborhood ...  Read more

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