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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine Fushimi
#1 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Beautiful! my favorite temple! the colors and the view is all amazing!! is definitely a MUST if you go to Japan.
The hike is stellar, the views brilliant, the atmosphere serene, and the shrine that you hit every now and then just adds to the profoundly calming, yet exhilarating nature of the whole thing.
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple Higashiyama
#2 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
The temple itself is awe inspiring and the main platform offers some great views of Kyoto and the surrounding area There's also an incredible cemetery that sits alongside the temple worth exploring.
The temple area is quite large, initially you have a great observation area where you can see all of Kyoto, at night the place is illuminated, and the view of Kyoto is great as you can see the glow of Kyoto Tower.
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Kinkakuji Temple
#3 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
One of the most incredible sights in Kyoto with gorgeous water features (Pavilion Pond, Carp Rock), beautiful gardens, an awesome Tea House and of course The Golden Pavilion with its three styles of architecture.
... - the serene lake with temple reflecting beautifully on the surface surrounded by a zen garden, perfectly manicured trees and grounds, koi fish swimming to and fro, tea in a forest, and Buddhist site for prayer.
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Eikando Zenrinji Temple
#4 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Really impressive... quite the best temple in Kyoto in my view, the prayer halls are just out of this world.. the gardens superb... luckily its a bit of a hidden gem as its a slightly off the beaten track and seem...
... has everything combined in one: beautiful gardens, a small pond/ lake, amazing architecture with 3 different temples inside, gods statues and a small resting room on a hill with great overlooking views of Kyoto.
Sanjusangendo Temple Higashiyama
#5 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
A hall of a thousand bigger than life statues a definite site to see, amazingly preserved and intricately beautiful statues.
This UNESCO heritage site is one of special interest if you can be there the Sunday (in mid January) when they commemorate the traditional archery contest through the one long back hallway, dating back centuries.
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Katsura Imperial Villa Nisikyo
#6 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Our group of 35 followed a guide on a circuit along paths and a stone-paved walk that brought us to various elevations for different views of the scenery, made even prettier by trees with leaves of red and gold.
The gardens are absolutely amazing...AMAZING.......spectacular..and so very soothing to the Spirit of the frenzied tourist whose plate overflows with must-see sights.
Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple
#7 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
I discovered Otagi while researching sites for a private tour of Kyoto and saw pictures of the charming stone statues, each face being unique, some happy, some sad, others contemplative.
It is far from all the hustles of the other tourist sights in Arashiyama however you can visit Adashino Nenbutsuji and Saga Toriimoto Preserved Street during your visit.
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Shoren-in Temple (Shoren-in Monzeki)
#8 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
There was a little pond with Coy in it, and a nice little walkway that gave you a view over the roof to Kyoto city, and nice traditional sprawling indoor regions with panoramic views of the perfectly manicured gar...
Old Temple and Modern Art Installation, Amazing Views
Shugakuin Imperial Villa Sakyo
#9 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Once you have the necessary clearance this garden offers a splendid view of the whole city of Kyoto, with great vistas as you ascend and then walk through the gardens.
It is an incredible garden (actually three very different gardens linked by paths) with wonderful views out over the countryside and back down to Kyoto.
Kennin-ji Temple
#10 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Great views of the enormous roofs of this Zen temple can be seen from various angles.
The dragon mural was quite a site to behold, the monks were out and about the day we were there, and the water lilies were beautiful.
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Sanzen-in Temple
#11 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Calm little village with a fantastic temple and view!
You will walk through rural parts with amazing views.
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Ninna-ji Temple
#12 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
I really enjoyed my visit to this temple - the views as you walk around the house are beautiful and its much less crowded than many other sites around.
This is another huge and very beautiful temple in Kyoto, a World Heritage Site.
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Mt. Kurama Sakyo
#13 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Kurama is a gorgeous temple up the mountain with a majestic view of the cedar forest at the top.
Beautiful views with a guide that knows the place, interesting spots, curiosities and information completed our journey through the mountain.
Hosenin
#14 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
This temple is just an addition to other sites and a quaint shopping area after a twenty minute walk from the bus stop in Ohara, a northern area of Kyoto out in the country.
Toji
#15 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Within the context of a city featuring an abundance of world- and national- heritage sites and seemingly countless ancient temples, Toji Temple sits comfortably as a Top 20 attraction within Kyoto.
However, this World Heritage Site is very impressive and highly recommended for its gardens, arts, pagoda, and the sculptures that really create a very mystic atmosphere.
Ginkaku-ji Temple
#16 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
... all, it's the landscape in which it stands - the most magical and tranquil Japanese garden sweeping up a forested hillside from an enchanted poolscape, to an eerie above Kyoto offering sweeping cityscape views.
Starting with carefully raked white sand and ending with a japanese water garden, the carefully laid out path meanders through various gardens, up the hill with marvelous view of the city and the garden itself, an...
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Chishaku-in
#17 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
The pond garden is only one of several on the site.
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Enkoji Temple
#18 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Returning to the Zen garden near the entrance we stopped for the clear view of Kyoto and mountains stretching out in all directions.
Though the bus passes through a few other touristy sites, namely Eikando and Ginkakuji so you'd better be on it near the start of the route to have seats.
Shinnyodo Temple Sakyo
#19 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Most tourists ignore this gem, which is incredibly beautiful during the cherry blossom season or momiji, autumn leaves season, during which many Japanese come to photograph It has a beautiful pagoda and views of K...
you can stroll through the garden leisurely, sip Jap tea and dessert & admire surrounding autumn colours without mass crowd blocking your view or path.
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Tofuku-ji Temple
#20 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
As there are four sides to this building, there are four views--the initial view is the sand garden, large, slightly unconventional, with the largest rock formations representing the largest Zen temples in Japan.
amazing views amazing Japanese tranquility.
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Nanzen-ji Temple
#21 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
We climbed up the gate to see breathtaking views over the city; walked in the lush garden around the pond (jaw-droppingly beautiful), and also visited the zen rock garden.
Climbing Sanmon gate provided a majestic view of the temple and the surrounding area, and Nanzenin temple had a beautiful garden with only a handful of visitors (something that was very rare during the busy cherry...
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Kamigamo Shrine
#22 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Because we were already in northern Kyoto on a Sunday, we decided to visit this much less frequented shrine, yet another Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto.
Kamigamo Shrine, located in the northern end of Kyoto, is one of the world heritage sites that the ancient capital has.
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Kyoto Station Building
#23 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Great shopping and restaurants 2. Fantastic view from the top 3. Illuminated steps with music (may be seasonable) 4. Musical fountains We loved it!
Most tourists from Japan and the rest of the world rightly visit Kyoto for its wonderful historical sights and traditions, However the station building is unmissable , it is truly fantastic which ironically cannot...
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Arashiyama
#24 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Arashiyama offers the best of all worlds: a wonderful activity for the kids (the monkey park, which also offered a nice hike and great views of Kyoto), beautiful sight seeing opportunities (bamboo forest, temples)...
There is a forest trail with a beautiful lake on one side and a walkway on the other and a temple on top of a mountain, and across the river are world heritage sites full of temples and gardens and a street, with...
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Tenryuji Temple
#25 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
It's a very large and beautiful Zen temple, a World Heritage Site, with a huge Zen garden, prettiest in Autumn with colours of leaves.
About a 10 minute walk from Togetsu-Kyo bridge, separate fee for the temple and the garden, it's the most important site in Arashiyama area, you should visit both, partly for history and see the perfectly arrangem...
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Nijo Castle Nakagyo
#26 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
In Kyoto, the Nijo-Jo Castle was the 2nd landmark we chose to visit and enjoy the wonderful architecture of its buildings, the supreme design and tranquility of its gardens and in overall the permanent equilibrium...
This is a very beautiful place to visit, and shows some of Japan's oldest protected sites, the interior is being refurbished and some of the outer gates as well, but once you get inside, the view is brilliant, I w...
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Kodai-ji Temple Higashiyama
#27 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
After 2+ years of living in Japan and my second trip to Kyoto, this remains my top temple to visit...definitely in top 5. Love the history, the garden, tea house, bamboo forest, views of Kyoto.....excellent.
... with its intricately designed patterns raked in the sand, beautifully tendered by the old gardeners , there are tea-houses , a pavilion,ponds and the corridor of the reclining Dragon to visit , a must see site ,
Jojakkoji Temple
#28 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
Other surprises include a beautiful view over Arashiyama from the top of the hill, an old but beautiful pagoda near the top, stone sculptures scattered among the temple grounds, and a metal plaque commemorating th...
We took our time wandering around and enjoying the nature and views.
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Shinbashi Dori
#29 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
I recommend just walking along the canals and taking in all the sights and atmosphere of the area, particularly during Cherry Blossom season where the flowers are really starting to bloom.
The buildings in this preserved site give a memorable images how the old Kyoto was.
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Gio-ji Temple
#30 of 1,021 Sights & Landmarks in Kyoto
The most popular sights in Kyoto can be very busy (as our tour guide told us, Kyoto gets 50 million visitors a year).
A World Heritage Site
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