The must see places in Kyoto include:
Daikaku-ji Temple – Built in the 9th century as a palace for the emperor and later converted into a large temple.
Fushimi Inari Shrine – Dedicated to the gods of rice and sake, today it is one of Japan’s most popular shrines. A pathway wanders 4km up the mountain and is lined with hundreds of red tori gates.
Ginkaku-ji – The Temple of the Silver Pavilion was constructed in 1482 as a retreat villa for the Shogun and then converted to a temple after his death.
Heian-jingu – Heian shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto.
Kinkaku-ji – The Temple of the Golden Pavilion is one of Japan’s best known sights. The original building was constructed in 1397 and the temple building is covered in gold.
Kiyomizu-dera – One of the most famous landmarks in Kyoto and first built in 798. The step approach to the temple is lined with shops selling local handicrafts and souvenirs, and the view over Kyoto from the famous wooden terrace is truly breathtaking.
Nijo Castle – Built in 1603 as the official Kyoto residence of the first Tokugawa shogun, it is a place of inner beauty and architecture with some of the best gardens in Japan.
To-ji – Established in 794 by imperial decree to protect the city of Kyoto. The 5 storey pagoda is the highest pagoda in Japan.
Gion – The famous entertainment and geisha district of Kyoto. Take a walk along Hanami-koji street lined with traditional restaurants and teahouses. It is a great place to visit in the late afternoon or early evening to spot a geisha or maiko.
|Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion)|
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