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Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 39 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 22 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

Nijo Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 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

Kyoto Imperial Palace

4 star rating: Recommended 44 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

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

Nishiki Food Market

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 25 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

Fushimi Inari Shrine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 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

Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Just because it is a museum does not mean that the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum is not functional. This operational sake brewery introduces visitors to the ...  Read more

Horino Memorial Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

The Horino Memorial Museum is about more than tasting sake. This traditional sake-brewing house in Kyoto honors the legacy of Machiya culture, a style of ...  Read more

Ninna-ji Temple

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Built at the end of the 9th century in the year 888 and founded by the reigning Emperor of the time, Ninna-ji Temple maintained a centuries long reign as a ...  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

Tenryu-ji Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 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

Gion Corner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 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

The Philosopher’s Path

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 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

Tofuku-ji Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Few places on earth are more breathtakingly beautiful than Fall in Tofucku-ji Temple. During cool autumn months travelers and locals make the journey to this ...  Read more

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