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Amanohashidate

One of Japan's Three Scenic Views, Amanohashidate is a sandbar that connects the two sides of Miyazu Bay. Amanohashidate, translated as "bridge in ...  Read more

Arashiyama Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 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

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

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 ...  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

Ginkaku-ji Temple (Silver Pavilion)

The Silver Pavilion temple in Kyoto’s eastern mountains has no silver on it at all. Legend has it that when Shogun – or military ruler – Ashikaga Yoshimasa ...  Read more

Gion Corner

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 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

Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 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

Heian Shrine

4.5 star rating: Recommended 334 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

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

Hosenin Temple

A 700-year-old pine tree welcomes visitors to Hosenin Temple, a lodging site for Buddhist pilgrims since the 11th century. Inside the quiet temple, visitors ...  Read more

Kamigamo Shrine

It’s impossible to miss the larger-than-life red shrine gate at the entrance to Kamigamo, one of Japan’s oldest shrines. Built in the year 678, it pre-dates ...  Read more

Katsura Imperial Villa

One of Japan's most important large-scale cultural treasures, Katsura Imperial Villa preserves traditional Edo period architecture and garden design. Tatami, ...  Read more

Kennin-Ji Temple

The oldest and one of the most important Zen temples in Kyoto, Kennin-Ji was founded in the year 1202 by a monk. Situated near the famous Geisha district of ...  Read more

Kiyomizu Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 19 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

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