11 Amazing Places in Kyoto

Kyoto Japan
Kyoto Japan

1-Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Kyoto Japan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple Kyoto Japan

This temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most visited Buddhist temples in Quito. Situated on Mount Otowa, known for the panoramic view of its wooden terrace and for being built with wood without nails. Its terrace is situated outside the main temple hall, elevated more than ten meters from the ground, and offers magnificent views of the city.

2-Kinkaku-ji Temple (Temple of the Golden Pavilion)

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Officially, the temple is called Rokuon-ji, and its pavilion is covered with pure gold leaf. Because of the reflections of the temple and gardens in the this i sone of the most beautifull places in Kyoto. It was designed to illustrate the harmony between heaven and earth.

3-Fushimi Inari-taisha Temple

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The Fushimi Inari Temple is at the Mount Inari, on the surroundings of Kyoto. It is one of the main shinto shrines throughout Japan, and is especially famous for the thousands of toris in the mountain trails. This is a place of pilgrimage of businessmen who seek prosperity in Inari.

4-Forest Bamboo Arashiyama

Bamboo Forest Arashiyama Kyoto Japan
Bamboo Forest Arashiyama Kyoto Japan

This fantastic bamboo forest is a special place in the Arashiyama district, particularly if you can get there on a day when there are not many tourists. On windy days, this forest is adorned by an unusual relaxing sound.

5-Gion Neighborhood

Gion Neighborhood Kyoto Japan
Gion Neighborhood Kyoto Japan

Gion is one of the most famous districts of Kyoto, famous for the excellent restaurants, traditional buildings, tea houses and of course the geishas, ​​standing out the main street, Hanamikoji. It is also a great place to enjoy the traditional Kyoto night.

You can also visit the Gion Corner, dedicated to performances that reflect the japanese culture, composed by music, dance and representation, in which geishas show visitors 7 traditions of Japanese culture, among them the tea ceremony.

6-Nijō Castle

Nijō Castle Kyoto Japan
Nijō Castle Kyoto Japan

This castle, once used as an imperial palace, was the residence of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, whose family ruled Japan for more than 260 years.

Apart from the exterior, carefully decorated by gardens and trees, you can visit the fantastic interior of the castle, rich in detail, which shows how rooms and halls were decorated in Japan.

7-Kyoto Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace Kyoto Japan
Imperial Palace Kyoto Japan

The Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) was used as a residence of the imperial family before the capital of the country became Tokyo. It is located in the Kyoto Gyoen Park and is surrounded by a large wall. The current structure of the palace was rebuilt in 1855 and reflects the architecture of various periods of Japan.

To know the interior of the palace, it is necessary to make an appointment and make a reservation previously. Only in certain times of the year there are unguided visits, but it is important to get information about the schedule.

8-Ginkaku-ji Temple

Ginkaku-ji temple Kyoto Japan
Ginkaku-ji temple Kyoto Japan

Built between the city’s mountains, this temple is nestled among Japanese gardens that look beautiful during spring and fall. Although the interior of the place is not open to the public, the scenery around the temple, with wooden paths, a lake, white sand gardens and beautiful trees, make this place very special.

9-Ryōan-ji Temple

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Ryōan-ji is a zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, famous for its stone gardens. It is an extremely relaxing place, great for meditation.

10-Market Nishiki

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This market is located in the center of Kyoto and has several stalls where you can find almost everything, mainly food you may have never seen. It is a must see for anyone visiting Quito, and even better, the entrance is free.

11-Philosopher’s Path

Philosopher's Path Kyoto JapanPhoto by:  https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3906.html

This site is a two-kilometer path along a channel between the Ginkaku-ji and Eikan-do temples, and has become popular because it was made daily by a japanese philosopher as a form of meditation. It is a magnificent path, but only in the season of cherry blossoms.

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