Japan: 10 Best Places You NEED to Visit in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of Japan’s most beautiful cities. Off to the east is the antique and fun Gion district, It is well known for its geishas and tearooms. Here you will find the city’s most beautiful temples and shrines. The central area of Kyoto City placed in a valley. It is surrounded by the three mountain ranges Higashiyama, Kitayama, and Nishiyama, and the land dips towards southwest. The city is sounded by three rivers in the east runs the Kamo River, the west the Katsura River, and the south the Uji River. Know more about Kyoto’s best attractions in this post!

1. Fushimiinari Shrine

Fushimiinari Shrine is the principal shrine of the apparently 30,000 shrines. It is dedicated to “Inari-no-kami” the god of the harvest and of food. At the time of visiting the main shrine it is also recommend taking the “sando” or path to the shrine, it is also famous as the “Senbon Torii” or thousand gates. This magical yet picturesque sight takes visitor to another world.


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2. Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple is possibly the most admired temple in Kyoto. With the support of 13 meter high wooden columns the temple’s veranda just out of the side of a mountain. The main hall has a unique hip shaped roof of cypress bark rests to the back of the veranda and houses. From the veranda visitors can appreciate outstanding views facing west over the city of Kyoto.


Kiyomizudera Temple

3. Nijo-jo Castle

Nijo-jo Castle was the house of the Tokugawa shoguns in Kyoto. The wide moat, huge stone walls, and strong yet elaborate gates are still looks extraordinary. The grounds are big and hold several beautiful gardens as well as many plum and cherry trees. The palace building is rich in decorative detail.


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4. Kyoto Imperial Palace

Before the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1869 Kyoto Imperial Palace was the residence of the Imperial Family. It is located at Kyoto Gyoen Park. Within the Imperial Palace grounds there are the Seiryo-den (Palace Hall) and the Kogosho (Minor Palace), these are enclosed by a roofed earthen wall.


Kyoto Imperial Palace

5. Sanjūsangen-dō

This temple is the popular name for Rengeo-in. This temple is located in eastern Kyoto and it is famous for its 1001 statues of the goddess of mercy” Kannon”. With 120 meters the temple hall is Japan’s longest wooden structure. In the middle of the central hall sits animmense wooden statue of a 1000-armed Kannon. Sanjusangendo  has five minute walking distance from Shichijo Station down the Keihan Line.



6. Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market used to support the kitchens of Kyoto for 400 years. The market has 130 stores across its 400 meter length. This is Kyoto’s largest long-established food market. Visitors can try Kyoto’s famous epicurean dishes here as they walk around. The market is five minute walking distance from Shijo Station down the Karasuma Subway Line.


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7. Kyoto International Manga Museum

For Japanese manga (Japanese comics) fans this is a must visit place in entire Japan. This museum has a collection of over 300,000 manga. Here visitors can learn about the history of Japanese manga and its creation. This manga museum expresses how deeply manga has become part of Japanese culture. The Kyoto International Manga Museum is two minute walking distance from the Karasuma-Oike Subway Station.


Kyoto International Manga Museum

8. Kameyama-koen Park

The Kameyama-koen Park is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist spot. It has been visited by a number of famous Hollywood stars. Visitors can feed the monkeys from the huts in the resting areas. From the entrance of the park to the resting spot is around 20 minute of hike. The park is 9 minute walking distance from Arashiyama Station down Arashiyama line.


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9. Amanohashidate

In Japanese Amanohashidate means “bridge in heaven”, it is a 3.6 kilometer long, pine tree enclosed sand bar. Amanohashidate is a natural sand bar situated at the Northern coast of Kyoto region. It is a sandbar and seems the letter “D”. This land bridge is best viewed from the hillside on either the south or north face of it.



10. Chikurin no michi

“Chikurin no michi” is located in the Arashiyama and Sagano area of Kyoto. It is a straight green path with bamboo lining both sides. The bamboo groves going up on both sides of the path are aextravagant sight to see through the year. It is recommended to visit this place on a weekday or early in the morning.


Visitors can visit “Chikurin no michi”anytime of the day.

It is just 5 minute walk from Arashiyama Station on RandenArashiyama Main Line.

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years. As a whole the town is quite sober, but look into a little deeper and you’ll find out a wealth of beauty which sets it apart from the average Japanese center. One more special aspect of Kyoto is its monthly markets, held at places such as Toji Temple and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Hope you liked reading this post!

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