Kyoto

Things to Do & Attractions in Kyoto

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Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 62 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

Nijo Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 39 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

Kiyomizu Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 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 75 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 10 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 45 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 20 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 13 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

Arashiyama Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 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

Horino Memorial Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 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

Kumano Kodo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

The ancient pilgrimage to the Three Grand Shrines of Kumano spans as far back as 1,000 years ago and still continues today. The pilgrimage routes that ...  Read more

Nakasendo Trail

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Have tea with locals. Spend time in nature. Walk between villages. These are the highlights of the Nakasendo trail, a historic walking path through the Kiso ...  Read more

Tenryu-ji Temple

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 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 54 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

Sagano

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Often mistaken for the Arashiyama district of Kyoto, Sagano expands north of the Togetsukyo Bridge in Kyoto. The tranquil area encompasses some of Kyoto’s ...  Read more

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