Kyoto-fu Things to Do

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Kyoto-fu Things to Do

  • Gion (Geisha District)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    In the evening we had a quick stroll through the Gion area of the city. It was pretty with its wooden buildings and lamps. However, I do not feel we really did the area justice as we were exhausted, hungry and cold by the time we got here. Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district. It is located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the...

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  • Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    From Arashiyama I headed to Ktano-Hakubaicho. Note that you can pay 210 yen or you can use your Icoca card upon exit. From there, I stopped over a small restaurant and had a miso soup and rice toppings for $550 yen. After filling my tummy, I rode bus 201 (you can also ride 101, 102 or 204) and paid 230 yen. Prepare exact fare as the driver cannot...

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  • Kiyomizu Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Earlier morning I walked to the water temple from Apa hotel about 20 minutes, entrance fee 300 yen. Kiyomizudera is best known for its wooden stage and The Otowa Waterfall located at the base of Kiyomizudera's main hall. Its waters are divided into three separate streams, and visitors use cups attached to long poles to drink from them. Each...

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  • Fushimi Inari Shrine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    This temple located not in central of Kyoto, then we have to take the JR local train from Kyoto station to Inari just 2 stop. Its a great temple unique with its smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha is donated by a Japanese business. There is no entrance fee for this temple

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  • Nijo Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Within the sturdy walls and moats of Nijo Castle, approached through the the grand Karamon gateway lies a paean to the glory of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the form of the glorious Ninomaru Palace, whose residence this once was. A highlight of the palace is one of the world's first burglar alarms! During the Edo period, assassination by ninja was a very...

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  • Arashiyama

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    I think the people who lives here are the luckiest! If you love nature, this place is a must-see! I would not forget how the place smells in spring time... From Arashiyama, I walked around 20 minutes going to the Bamboo Garden. It was hard to find the right route as the signs there are not in English and people barely speak English. Anyway, these...

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  • Philosopher's Path

    4 out of 5 stars

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    The Philosopher's Path is a stone path in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto. It follows a narrow canal which is lined with hundreds of cherry trees. We were fortunate enough to see it when these were in full bloom. The whole area was filled with people; many of whom were in traditional dress. A lot of them were posing for photos with the spring...

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  • Kyoto Imperial Palace

    4 out of 5 stars

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    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 enclosed by a roofed earthen wall, are the Seiryo-den (Palace Hall) and the Kyogosho (Minor Palace), which are highly reminiscent of this dynastic...

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  • Ryoanji Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Ryōanji(龍安寺) is the site of Japan's most famous rock garden. Because the garden is so popular, a quiet contemplative consideration of the meaning of these 15 rocks, arranged in small groups on patches of moss, in a walled rectangular field of raked pebbles, can be hard to obtain. Your best chance for a little tranquility...

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  • Heian Shrine

    4 out of 5 stars

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    The Heian Shrine has a relatively short history. It was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of Kyoto as Japan's capital city. It is dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who reigned from the city. These were Emperor Kammu (737-806) and Emperor Komei (1831-1867). Heian is the former name of Kyoto. At the entrance...

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  • Pontocho

    4 out of 5 stars

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    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 Westerners alike. Similar to Gion, the traditional houses are well preserved in Pontocho, giving visitors a glimpse of the past. While the area has many...

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  • Kyoto Station

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 the AM rush hour !!!! This place was packed beyond belief ... and everyone is in a hurry so be careful to stay out of everyone's way .... but once you...

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  • Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Ginkakuji, Silver Pavilion, is a Zen temple located in Eastern Kyoto. In 1482 shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa built his retirement villa on the grounds of today's temple. As his inspiration he used Kinkakuji, Golden Pavilion, which was his grandfather's retirement villa in Northern Kyoto. The villa was converted into a Zen temple when Yoshimasa's died in...

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  • Nishiki Market

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    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 Century. This street, stretching 390 meters from Teramachi Street to Takakura Street, has over 120 small shops and restaurants selling mostly foods,...

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  • Sannen-zaka and Ninen-zaka

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    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 (Japanese-style inns). The streets are mostly closed to traffic, partly beacuse each features a set of steep stairs. These streets are surround by some of...

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  • Toji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Toji Temple, located just southwest of Kyoto Station, is one of Kyoto's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple was established in 796, and has historically marked the southern entrance to Kyoto. Of the three temple originally allowed to be placed within the capital city, this is the only one remaining today. The temple's 55 meter tall pagoda,...

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  • Sanjuusangen-do

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    Sanjusangendo (三十三間堂, Sanjūsangendō) is an alternate name for Rengeo-in, a the Higashiyama district of Kyoto which is renowned for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The 120 meter long temple hall, supported by 34 massive cedar columns is Japan's longest wooden structure. The name...

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  • Food Specialties

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 cost from 250 yens to 400 yens ..... I'm glad I tried it the second day we were in Kyoto ... after that I had one every day we were there !!!!!

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  • Iwatayama Monkey Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Monkey Park Iwatayama is home to about 200 Japanese macaque monkeys, and it has a fantastic view over Arashiyama and the rest of Kyoto. The trial to the Monkey Park begins just west of the southern end of the Togetsukyo Bridge. After walking up a short flight of stairs, you will come to a small shrine and the ticket window. After getting a ticket,...

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  • Kyoto National Museum

    3 out of 5 stars

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    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 handscrolls, as well as screen paintings from the Momoyama to Edo periods (late 16th-19th c.). Also, on display are the early Chinese and Korean...

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  • Nanzenji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    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 contain much that is sublime and beautiful. It is the head temple of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism, and although it was originally built as an...

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  • Kyoto Tower

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    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 structure weighs 800 tons, and it sits atop a nine story building. The tower was opened in December 1964, just after the Tokyo Olympics. The tower is...

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  • Yasaka Shrine

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 orange gate overlooking Shijo, the main avenue through Gion. The shrine is impressive at night, when most buildings are lit with large, white paper...

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  • Maruyama Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    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 on its huge weeping cherry tree. The park also has paths, playgrounds, and koi ponds. Besides Yasaka Temple to the west, the park is surrounded by...

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  • Tenryuji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    Tenryu-ji Temple is one of the most important Zen temples in Kyoto and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built in 1339 by the ruling shogun Ashikaga Takauji, who dedicated it to his predecessor, the Emperor Go-Daigo. These two were formerly allies but Takauji turned against the emperor in his struggle for supremacy over Japan....

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  • Higashi Honganji Temple

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 12th abbot, Kyonyo, received from Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo period (1603-1868). While the Founder's Gate (Goei-do) is one of the...

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  • Toei Movie Village

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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, and trace the history of Japanese film through clips and photos.

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  • Jishu Shrine

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 distance apart from one another. Stand at one of the stones and close your eyes. If you can successfully make it to the other stone without peeking, you...

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  • Ninnaji Temple

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 Randen Kitano line very short distance

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  • Cities Outside of Kyoto

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 with JR Nara line. You can visit Inari in 15 minutes with the same train. For JR Pass holders, Osaka is half an hour away with Shinkansen while Hiroshima...

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  • Kodaiji Temple

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 built Osaka Castle. Kodaiji is famous for its rock garden and its green garden. Most buildings in this temple have been destroyed and rebuilt. Nearby...

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  • Ryozen Kannon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 statue itself is large and impressive and the temple grounds are beautiful. There is actually quite a bit to see. Aside from the main temple (where the...

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  • Nishi Honganji Temple

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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. The hondo is huge; one of the largest temples in the nation! It is also one of Kyoto's World Heritage Sites. The temple is free to enter.

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  • Chion-in Temple

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 feet wide, making it one of the largest wooden tower gates remaining in Japan. Other important buildings include the Seishidō (Seishi Hall), built...

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  • Shoren-in Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 threshold of the temple's front gate it is as though one has stepped back into simpler, more peaceful times. You can sit and sip green tea while...

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  • Katsura Imperial Villa

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Built in the 17th century as a villa for Prince Hachijo Toshihito, Katsura Imperial Villa is considered to be of a purely Japanese design. It is often said to be among the best Japanese architectural and landscaping treasures. The villa features a few teahouses, both with spectacular views of the garden, bridges, a central pond, and a few other...

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  • Gion Matsuri

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 Kanda Matsuri). It has this designation because of its long history in the former capital along with the fact that it is a fun and popular festival. The...

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  • Kyoto International Manga Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 to interact with locals in the museum or at least be within sitting distance from each other. There is a cafe within the museum for the adults to...

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  • Myoshinji Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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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 be honest, the temple's garden is not really that impressive. If you come to Myoshinji, Taizo-in is a much better option. Entrance is 400 yen.

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  • Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kyoto Things to Do

    You can't blame anyone. Kyoto has so many temples and shrines that you can't visit all of them in your limited time. Some shrines will be always on the top ten and some will be neglected. Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is one of these less popular shrines, but it is definitely worth a visit. The admission is free and the shrine is open between 5 am and 6...

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  • Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum

    Kyoto Things to Do

    Though Japanese rice wine is often referred to as sake in English, sake in Japanese refers to alcohol in general. In Japan, the preferred word for rice wine is "Nihonshu." Nihonshu has a very distinctive aroma and fruity sweet taste. It is usually 14 to 19 percent alcohol. Drinking chilled nihonshu in summer helps you feel refreshed after working...

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  • Daitokuji Temple

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 are more inside the temple grounds. You can walk through the temple and then through parts of the garden, as well. The grave site along the pathway...

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  • Suzumushidera

    Kyoto Things to Do

    Although most of Kyoto's temples are famous for their historical significance, and Suzumushi Temple (also known as Kegonji Temple) was originally built in the Edo Period, this is not the reason people visit this temple. If you don't know, "suzumushi" means "cricket", and this is why people visit! Inside Suzumushi Temple crickets are kept, so...

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  • Kamo-gawa River

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 believe it was artificial, though no record of massive construction exists. The riverbanks are popular walks for residents and tourists. In summer,...

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  • Higashiyama Area

    Kyoto Things to Do

    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 old Kyoto, especially around Kiyomizu-dera. These streets have been recently renovated to remove telephone poles and repave the streets to increase the...

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