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  • 26. 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,...

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  • 27. Higashi Honganji Temple

    The Higashi Honganji complex is the head temple of the Otani-ha branch of the Jodo Shin denomination of Buddhism, which is popularly known as Ohigashi-san. This was built on donated land, which the...

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  • 28. Nishi Honganji Temple

    Nishi Honganji is the older of Kyoto's Honganji temples, built in 1591. It is also the head temple of the Honganji sect of the Jodo sect of Buddhism. The main draw of the temple is simply its size....

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  • 29. Cities Outside of Kyoto

    Kyoto has a central location in Japan. If you will not stay only in one city, but travel to a few cities in Japan like we did, you can choose Kyoto as your base. You can reach Nara in half an hour...

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  • 30. Tofukuji Temple

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    Tofukuji Temple is one of the Five Great Zen Temples in Kyoto. It has many subtemples, but the main part of the temple is around the famous Tsutenkyo Bridge, which is one of the most scenic places to...

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  • 31. Chion-in Temple

    Chion-in was founded in1234 as the headquarters of the Jōdo-shū (Pure Land Sect) of Buddhism. The main gate, called Sanmon, was constructed in 1621, and it stands the 79 feet tall and 164...

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  • 32. Ninnaji Temple

    this temple is near by The Golden Pavilion temple, we take bus 206 from Golden Pavilion and stop infront of Ninna ji temple for having lunch just cross the temple and there is a train station nearby...

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  • 33. Kyoto International Manga Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    This museum houses a collection of manga (comic books) not only by Japanese authors/illustrators but international artists as well. Found TinTin comic books in French too! A good opportunity for kids...

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  • 34. 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...

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  • 35. Kenninji Temple

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    This is Japan's oldest Zen temple, having been founded in 1202 by the monk Eisai who is credited with introducing Zen to Japan. He is buried on the temple grounds. We didn’t have time to go inside...

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  • 36. Ryozen Kannon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Ryozen Kannon is easily recognizable for the large statue of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, atop its temple. The temple was built as a memorial for all the Japanese who died in World War II. The...

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  • 37. Kodaiji Temple

    Kodaiji (高台寺) was established in 1606, and is located in Kyoto's Higashiyama area. The temple was built for Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who unified most of Honshu in the late 1500s and...

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  • 38. Shoren-in Temple

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    Shoren-in Temple is a delightful and quiet temple that exudes a palpable feeling of tranquility. It is only steps away from the bustling streets of the Higashiyama District, yet when one crosses the...

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  • 39. Shosei-en Garden

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    Shosei-en was created in 1653 by a priest from Higashi Honganji Temple and belonged to the temple and was used as a detached residence. It was originally quite vast, extending all the way to the...

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  • 40. Jishu Shrine

    This tiny temple enshrines one of the gods of love and marriage, Okuninushi-no-mikoto. If you're single, come here to see if you'll be lucky at love! There are two stones at the shrine located a...

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  • 41. Gion Matsuri

    The Gion Festival is one of Kyoto's top three festivals (along with the Aoi Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri) as well as one of the top three in the nation (along with Osaka's Tenjin Festival and Tokyo's...

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  • 42. Kyoto City Zoo

    As zoos go, this is a small one, and it's a bit old-fashioned, with relatively small concrete enclosures, rather than the more natural grassy habitats you tend to see now. But it might be worth a...

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  • 43. Yasaka Pagoda (Hokanji)

    Yasaka Pagoda, located at the south end of Higashiyama is part fo Hokanji Temple, and belongs to the Kenninji Buddhist sect, named after the nearby Kenninji Temple. The 46 meter tall tower is six...

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  • 44. Myoshinji Temple

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    Keishun-in is one of Myoshinji's subtemples, known for its garden. It was built in 1598. You can walk through the temple to see the tea house and then through the gardens. The walkway is nice, but to...

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  • 45. Eikando Temple (Zenrinji)

    Eikando is a relatively large temple complex just off the Philosopher's Path. Exploring the buidlings and walking around the lake is pleasant, particularly in spring and autumn however, the real...

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  • 46. Higashiyama Area

    The Higashiyama district lies along the lower slopes of the mountains to the east of Kyoto, and is one of the city's best preserved historic districts. It is a great place to experience traditional...

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  • 47. Otani Mausoleum

    The Otani Mausoleum is located in a graveyard in Kyoto near Maruyama Park and Kodaiji Temple. Many visitors walk right by, but it is actually where the famous Priest Shinran is buried. Shinran is the...

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  • 48. Daitokuji Temple

    Koto-in is a subtemple of Daitokuji Temple, and it's one of Kyoto's famous places to enjoy the autumn foliage! The walkway leading up to the temple is lined on both sides by deciduous trees and there...

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  • 49. Kyoto Handicraft Center

    The Kyoto Handicraft Center is very interesting place to visit regarding art as well as for shopping cloths, souvenirs and of course local handicraft items. It is like a supermarket of such stuff with...

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  • 50. Kyoto Aquarium

    The Kyoto Aquarium opened on March 14, 2012 making it one of the city's newest attractions. It features exhibits of Kyoto's aquatic fish, Japan's giant salamanders, seals, penguins, crabs, and a...

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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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