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Kyoto

Kyoto

Location of Kyoto

Kyoto Prefecture stretches out from the southeast to the northwest in the central and northern parts of the Kansai region. It has four geographical features, the saw-toothed coastal area around Maizuru Bay in the northeast, the Tanba Mountains around its center, the Kyoto Basin in the southeast, and the Yamashiro Basin.
Kyoto became the capital of Japan in the 8th century. It flourished as the center for Japanese politics, economy and culture for some 1,100 years, until the capital functions were transferred to Tokyo in the mid-19th century. There remain many temples and shrines in Kyoto that were built during this long period. Seventeen historic sites including, Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle, are inscribed as World Cultural Heritage Sites.

Ama-no-HashidateAma-no-Hashidate
Ama-no-Hashidate, which means “Bridge to Heaven”, is one of the Nohon Sankei (Three Views o …  more »
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Ama-no-Hashidate View LandAma-no-Hashidate View Land
Ama-no-Hashidate View Land is an amusement park with observatory, restaurants and a peacock …  more »
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Izumo-daijingu ShrineIzumo-daijingu Shrine
Izumo-daijingu Shrine was founded in 702 to enshrine the god Okuninushi (Susanoo’s son) and …  more »
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Maizuru BayMaizuru Bay
Maizuru Bay has been developed as a military port since the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912). The …  more »
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Maizuru Red Brick MuseumMaizuru Red Brick Museum
The buildings of Maizuru Red Brick Museum were originally constructed in 1903 as the wareho …  more »
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MEGMILK SNOW BLAND Kyoto PlantMEGMILK SNOW BLAND Kyoto Plant
Megmilk Snow Brand is one of the major dairy-products makers in Japan. You can visit their  …  more »
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Sewari-tei Bank (Yodo-gawa Riverside Park)Sewari-tei Bank (Yodo-gawa Riverside Park)
The 1.4 kilometers long river bank, located at the junction of Uji-gawa River and Kizu-gawa …  more »
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Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

ArashiyamaArashiyama
The area around Mt. Arashiyama and Togetsu-kyo Bridge is called “Arashiyama”. Arashiyama is …  more »
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Chikurin-no-Michi (Path of bamboo)Chikurin-no-Michi (Path of bamboo)
Chikurin-no-Michi (Path of bamboo) is a 100 meters long path with bamboo trees which leads  …  more »
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Chion-in TempleChion-in Temple
Chion-in was established by Honen in 1175 on the site where he had taught and eventually fa …  more »
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Chishaku-in TempleChishaku-in Temple
Chishaku-in Temple is the main temple of the Chizan School of Shingon Buddhism. The temple  …  more »
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Daigo-ji TempleDaigo-ji Temple
Daigo-ji Temple, established in 874 by the priest Shobo (Rigen-Taishi), is one of the main  …  more »
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Daikaku-ji TempleDaikaku-ji Temple
Daikaku-ji Temple was originally built as a palace for Emperor Saga in the early Heian Peri …  more »
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Daitoku-ji TempleDaitoku-ji Temple
Daitoku-ji Temple was established in 1325 and is one of the biggest Zen temples in Kyoto. T …  more »
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Entsu-ji TempleEntsu-ji Temple
Entsu-ji Temple was originally a palace of the Emperor Go-Mizunoo. It was transformed into  …  more »
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Fujinomori-jinja ShrineFujinomori-jinja Shrine
Fujinomori-jinja Shrine has over 1,800 years of history. The shrine is renowned for its “Ka …  more »
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Fushimi-Inari Taisha ShrineFushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine
Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine is said to be founded around 711 by the Hata clan to dedicate  …  more »
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Garden Museum HieiGarden Museum Hiei
Garden Museum Hiei is located at the top of Mt. Hiei-zan. This is a garden-style museum whi …  more »
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Gekkeikan Okura Sake MuseumGekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum introduces the fascinating history of Sake brewing with its nos …  more »
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Ginkaku-ji Temple (Jisho-ji Temple)Ginkaku-ji Temple (Jisho-ji Temple)
Ginkaku-ji Temple was built in 1482 originally as a villa “Ginkaku” for the 8th Muromachi S …  more »
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Heian-jingu ShrineHeian-jingu Shrine
Heian-jingu Shrine was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100 year anniversary of the reloc …  more »
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Higashi-Hongan-ji TempleHigashi-Hongan-ji Temple
Higashi-Hongan-ji is the main temple of the Shinshu-Otani branch of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.  …  more »
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Hoko-ji TempleHoko-ji Temple
The temple was originally founded by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1586 but broken down by an earth …  more »
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Honen-in TempleHonen-in Temple
Honen-in Temple was founded in 1680 by Banbu from Chinen-in Temple to honour Honen, the fou …  more »
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Horino Memorial MuseumHorino Memorial Museum
A Sake brewer “Kinshi Masamune” was established in 1781 by Matsuya Kyubei, the first head  …  more »
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Hosomi MuseumHosomi Museum
Hosomi Museum exhibits artworks collected by three generations of Hosomi family, a family s …  more »
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Jakko-in TempleJakko-in Temple
Jakko-in Temple belongs to the Tendai school of Buddhism. The actual founding date of the t …  more »
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Jingo-ji TempleJingo-ji Temple
Jingo-ji Temple is a mountain temple sits on the mountainside of Mt. Takao-san. There is a  …  more »
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Jishu-jinja ShrineJishu-jinja Shrine
Jishu-jinja Shrine is located at the north of Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The buildings of the sh …  more »
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Jizo-in Temple (Take-no-Tera)Jizo-in Temple (Take-no-Tera)
Jizo-in Temple is a small temple that is only a few minutes walk south of Saiho-ji Temple i …  more »
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Kahitsu-kan (Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art)Kahitsu-kan (Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art)
Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, usually called “Kahitsu-kan”, is a fantastic private muse …  more »
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Katsura-Rikyu Imperial VillaKatsura-Rikyu Imperial Villa
Katsura-Rikyu Imperial Villa was built in 1624 by the emperor’s brother Prince Hachijo Tosh …  more »
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Kennin-ji TempleKennin-ji Temple
Kennin-ji is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, founded by the priest Eisai in 1202. Eisai is  …  more »
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Kifune-jinja Shrine (Kibune-jinja Shrine)Kifune-jinja Shrine (Kibune-jinja Shrine)
Kifune-jinja, or called Kibune-jinja, is located at the source of Kamo-gawa River and enshr …  more »
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Kinkaku-ji Temple (Rokuon-ji Temple)Kinkaku-ji Temple (Rokuon-ji Temple)
Kinkaku-ji Temple was originally constructed in 1397 as a retirement villa for the third Mu …  more »
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Kiyomizu-dera TempleKiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a historic temple originally established in 778, which is even earl …  more »
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Kodai-ji TempleKodai-ji Temple
Kodai-ji Temple was established in 1605 by Kita-no-Mandokoro (also known as Nene or One) to …  more »
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Koetsu-ji TempleKoetsu-ji Temple
Koetsu-ji Temple and its garden were originally the residence of Hon-ami Koetsu, a noted ar …  more »
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Koryu-ji TempleKoryu-ji Temple
Koryu-ji Temple is one of the oldest temples in Kyoto founded in 603 by Hata-no-Kawakatsu t …  more »
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Kumano-jinja ShrineKumano-jinja Shrine
Kumano-jinja Shrine was founded by Nichien in 811 to pray for the coming of the Kishu Kuman …  more »
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Kurama-dera TempleKurama-dera Temple
Kurama-dera Temple was founded in 770 by the monk Gantei, a disciple of Ganjin (Jianzhen). …  more »
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Kyoto Art CenterKyoto Art Center
Kyoto Art Center was set up in 2000 to support young artists and encourages the preservatio …  more »
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Kyoto Gyoen National GardenKyoto Gyoen National Garden
Located in the center of the Kyoto city, this huge park-like compound includes several pala …  more »
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Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho)
Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan. Th …  more »
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Kyoto International Manga MuseumKyoto International Manga Museum
Kyoto International Manga Museum is the Japan’s first museum dedicated to the world of Mang …  more »
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Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts (Fureai-kan)Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts (Fureai-kan)
Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts is located in the basement of Miyako-Messe event hall. T …  more »
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Kyoto National MuseumKyoto National Museum
Kyoto National Museum was originally opened as The Imperial Museum of Kyoto in 1897. The mu …  more »
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Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine ArtsKyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
Insho Domoto (1891 – 1975) is a Japanese artist who ranks as one of Japan’s top 20th centur …  more »
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Kyoto TowerKyoto Tower
The 131 meters-tall Kyoto Tower stands at the north side of JR Kyoto Station. The tower was …  more »
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Manshu-in TempleManshu-in Temple
Manshu-in Temple, also known as Manshu-in Monzeki, was originally founded around the 8th c …  more »
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Maruyama Park (Kyoto)Maruyama Park (Kyoto)
Located in the east side of Yasaka-jinja Shrine, Maruyama Park is a favorite of locals and  …  more »
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Myoshin-ji TempleMyoshin-ji Temple
Myoshin-ji Temple, a vast temple complex dating back to the 14th century, belongs to the Ri …  more »
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Namikawa Cloisonne Museum of KyotoNamikawa Cloisonne Museum of Kyoto
Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845 – 1927) is considered to be Japan’s leading modern master of Shippo …  more »
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Nanzen-ji TempleNanzen-ji Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple, with its expansive grounds and numerous sub-temples, is one of the most p …  more »
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Nijo CastleNijo Castle
After the decisive Battle of Sekigahara, Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the main base in  …  more »
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Nijo-JinyaNijo-Jinya
Nijo-Jinya was a house for the Daimyo (territorial lord) who doesn’t have their own residen …  more »
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Ninna-ji TempleNinna-ji Temple
Ninna-ji Temple was established by order of Emperor Uda in 888 and is the head temple of th …  more »
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Nishi-Hongan-ji TempleNishi-Hongan-ji Temple
Hongan-ji Temple was originally established in Higashiyama as a mausoleum for Shinran, the  …  more »
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Nishijin Textile CenterNishijin Textile Center
Nishijin Textile Center introduces the history and manufacturing process of traditional Nis …  more »
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Philosopher’s Walk (Tetsugaku-no-Michi)Philosopher's Walk (Tetsugaku-no-Michi)
Philosopher’s Walk (Tetsugaku-no-Michi in Japanese) is a two kilometers long pedestrian pat …  more »
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Ryoan-ji TempleRyoan-ji Temple
Ryoan-ji Temple belongs to the Rinzai school of Zen and was founded by Hosokawa Katsumoto i …  more »
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Saiho-ji Temple (Koke-dera)Saiho-ji Temple (Koke-dera)
Saiho-ji Temple is a Rinzai school of Zen temple established by a priest Gyoki in the Nara  …  more »
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Sanjusangen-do (Rengeo-in Temple)Sanjusangen-do (Rengeo-in Temple)
Rengeo-in Temple was originally built by Taira-no-Kiyomori in 1164 under the order of Emper …  more »
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Sanzen-in TempleSanzen-in Temple
Sanzen-in Temple was originally founded during 782 to 806 by the priest Saicho (Dengyo Dais …  more »
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Seimei-jinja ShrineSeimei-jinja Shrine
Seimei-jinja Shrine enshrines Abe-no-Seimei, a prominent Yin-Yang fortune-teller, and the s …  more »
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Shimogamo-jinja ShrineShimogamo-jinja Shrine
Shimogamo-jinja is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. The current Honden main hall was rec …  more »
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Shisen-do (Jozan-ji Temple)Shisen-do (Jozan-ji Temple)
Shisen-do (House of Poet-Hermits) was built in 1641 by Ishikawa Jozan. He was a former reta …  more »
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Shokoku-ji TempleShokoku-ji Temple
Shokoku-ji Temple is a Zen temple founded by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1382. The temple’s Hatt …  more »
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Shoren-in TempleShoren-in Temple
Shoren-in Temple was originally the residence of a priest of the Tendai school of Buddhism  …  more »
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Shugaku-in Rikyu Imperial VillaShugaku-in Rikyu Imperial Villa
Shugaku-in Rikyu, or “detached palace”, was built in 1656 by the abdicated emperor Go-Mizun …  more »
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Tenryu-ji TempleTenryu-ji Temple
Tenryu-ji Temple is one of the major temples of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. The temp …  more »
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Teradaya InnTeradaya Inn
Teradaya is a long-established Ryokan inn where, toward the end of the Edo period (1603 – 1 …  more »
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The Museum of KyotoThe Museum of Kyoto
A number of artists are attracted to Kyoto and choose Kyoto as their art motif. The Museum  …  more »
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To-ji Temple (Kyoo-Gokoku-ji Temple)To-ji Temple (Kyoo-Gokoku-ji Temple)
To-ji Temple was established in 794 to protect Heian-kyo, the capital of Japan at that time …  more »
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Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Eiga-Mura)Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Eiga-Mura)
Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Eiga-Mura) is a Japanese movie theme park where you can see fi …  more »
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Tofuku-ji TempleTofuku-ji Temple
Tofuku-ji Temple was founded in 1236 by the priest Enni. The temple now belongs to the Rinz …  more »
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Torin-in Temple (Sarasoju-no-Tera)Torin-in Temple (Sarasoju-no-Tera)
Torin-in Temple is a sub-complex of Myoshin-ji Temple. The temple was established in 1531 b …  more »
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Umekoji Steam Locomotive MuseumUmekoji Steam Locomotive Museum

*This museum was closed in September, 2015 and is set to re-open as Ky …  more »

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Urasenke Center (Chado Museum)Urasenke Center (Chado Museum)
Urasenke Center is the headquarters of Japan’s leading tea ceremony school, Urasenke. Chado …  more »
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Yasaka-jinja ShrineYasaka-jinja Shrine
Yasaka-jinja Shrine is located down the hill from Maruyama Park. The shrine is also endeari …  more »
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Zenrin-ji Temple (Eikan-do)Zenrin-ji Temple (Eikan-do)
Zenrin-ji Temple was founded in 855 by Shinsho, a disciple of the priest Kukai (Kobo-Daishi …  more »
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Uji, Kyoto

Byodo-in TempleByodo-in Temple
Byodo-in was originally a villa of an influential aristocrat, Fujiwara-no-Michinaga. Then t …  more »
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Manpuku-ji TempleManpuku-ji Temple
Manpuku-ji Temple was established as a Zen temple in 1661 by the Chinese priest Ingen Ryuki …  more »
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Midori FarmMidori Farm
Midori Farm is a privately owned tourist farm where visitors can join a tour for picking a  …  more »
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Tanden-an Temple (Rakugaki-dera)Tanden-an Temple (Rakugaki-dera)
Tanden-an Temple was established in the Edo Period (1603 – 1868). The temple is also called …  more »
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Uji ParkUji Park
Uji Park consists of Tou-no-shima Island and Tachibana Island on the Uji-gawa River. You ca …  more »
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