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  • 1. Gion (Geisha district)

    For the most part our “Essential Honshu” tour, booked through Inside Japan, didn’t include any extras, leaving us free to explore with the group or alone. But an exception to this was the Walking...

  • 2. Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)

    Some sights are so much talked about and so often visited that you wonder if they can really be that wonderful. The Golden Pavilion is one such sight – and yes, it really is that wonderful. You will...

  • 3. Kiyomizu Temple

    This Buddhist temple is possibly the most visited in Kyoto – it is certainly up there in the top five. And it’s easy to see why it draws the crowds. It has a lovely hillside setting with views of the...

  • 4. Fushimi Inari Shrine

    This is actually the main Inari shrine in Japan (which is a shrine dedicated to the fox spirit). Seemingly endless rows of red torii line the pathway up along the hilly trail of Mount Inari (stands...

  • 5. Arashiyama

    The picturesque Hozu River (Hozugawa) flows through Arashiyama. The Hozu was in the past used to transport logs for the construction of many of Kyoto’s temples, and for Osaka’s castle. During the Edo...

  • 6. Nijo Castle

    Nijo Castle is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, a UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The castle was begin in 1603 under Tokugawa Ieyasu, and completed in 1626 during the reign of his...

  • 7. Philosopher's Path

    The Philosopher's Walk is a pleasant stroll path that runs alongside a canal in the shadow of the eastern mountains between Ginkaku-ji Temple (the Silver Pavilion) and the Nyakuoji Bridge. It passes...

  • 8. Ryoanji Temple

    I am fascinated by the different forms of Japanese garden design and wanted to see as varied a sample as possible in our limited time in Kyoto. I read about the famous Zen garden at Ryoan-ji Temple...

  • 9. Kyoto Station

    Not sure if this is a site that one must come to see but if you spend any time in Kyoto you'll eventually come thru here .... We got a huge introduction into this place as we came from Osaka during...

  • 10. Pontocho

    Pontocho is the most centrally located of Kyoto's Hanamachi, or geisha districts. Unlike Gion, which seems pretty boring, Pontocho has a thriving nightlife area which attracts both Japanese and...

  • 11. Nanzenji Temple

    Standing in the foothills of the eastern hills, Nanzen-ji Temple is one of Kyoto's most important temples. Its massive front gate drives this point home yet the structures and gardens on the grounds...

  • 12. Kyoto Imperial Palace

    Kyoto Imperial Palace, which was the residence of the Imperial Family until the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869, is located in Kyoto Gyoen Park. Within the Imperial Palace grounds, which are...

  • 13. Toji Temple

    Every month on the 21st Toji Temple hosts a huge flea market! The market is full of things from antiques to modern items and of course, many food options! As far as what you can buy, there is a wide...

  • 14. Heian Shrine

    Heian Shrine is a big temple (colour is striking red) near the Kyoto Modern Art Museum and Kyoto National Art Museum. The whole environment at Heian Shrine was very zen, meaning, empty spaces are all...

  • 15. Sanjuusangen-do

    This temple, also known as Rengeo-in, was a complete contrast to Kiyomizu-dera (which we had visited just prior to coming here) but no less impressive in its way. The main hall is all that remains...

  • 16. Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)

    Ginkaku-ji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion) is the more common name for Jisho-ji Temple, a temple belonging to the Buddhist Shokoku School of the Rinzai Zen sect. Ginkaku-ji Temple (The Silver...

  • 17. Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka

    Sannenzaka and Ninenzaka are two historic streets located at the far eastern edge of Kyoto in the Higashiyama area. The area is filed with traditional wooden houses, now mostly shops and ryokan...

  • 18. Nishiki Market

    Nishiki Market is a traditional shopping street in Central Kyoto, that has been here for centuries. It is said that the first shop here opened in 1311, and the area became a fish market in the 16th...

  • 19. Maruyama Park

    Maruyama Park is a park on the eastern side of Kyoto, near Gion, and behind Yasaka Temple. This is known as Kyoto's best place to view cherry blossoms in the spring, with attention especially focused...

  • 20. Kyoto National Museum

    These rooms are my favorites. The paintings are huge. Some paintings were taken from walls of individual Japanese houses before. In these rooms, you see the Buddhist paintings, ink paintings, and...

  • 21. Kyoto Tower

    Kyoto Tower is one of the modern landmarks in a city filled with ancient temples and traditional streets. This structure, the tallest building in Tokyo, stands 430 feet from base to tip. The massive...

  • 22. Toei Movie Village

    A film-culture hall with a western-style, academic appearance is a genuine museum of Japanese cinema. Here you can review the careers of the great actors, actresses and directors of Japanese cinema,...

  • 23. Food Specialties

    I have to say at first it didn't appeal to me, but as soon as I had one I was upset that I didn't have one before !!!! wow they are soooooo good !!!!! and they are sold everywhere ..... they usually...

  • 24. Kamo-gawa River

    Kamogawa (Kamo = wild duck, Gawa = river) was the eastern limit of Heiankyō, and had a significant meaning according to fengshui. Since the route of the river is highly linear, some people...

  • 25. Yasaka Shrine

    Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社) is located in Kyoto's Gion district, and is perhaps the most easily accessible shrine in the city for tourists. This shrine is known for it's large...

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As the capital for much of Japan's history, Kyoto flourished for centuries with many important temples and shrines being built around the imperial city.

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