Kyoto Sightseeing Guide

In our Kyoto sightseeing guide, we provide you a one-stop guide to our favorite Kyoto temples, shrines, and other attractions and sightseeing spots.

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Kyoto was Japan’s ancient capital from 794, at the beginning of the Heian Period until 1868. As Japan’s center for religion, arts, and culture for many centuries, today Kyoto offers a treasure trove of fascinating and culturally important temples, shrines, castles, arts, and artifacts for visitors to explore, many of which are National Treasures of Japan and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Kyoto Temples and Shrines

Kinkakuji Golden Pavilion is a beautiful gold-colored temple built on the edge of a reflective lake and surrounded by an exquisite Japanese Garden. It is among Japan’s most well-known temples, and is one of the most popular Kyoto tourist attractions. UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Ginkakuji Silver Pavilion is a Kyoto temple with an immaculately sculptured Zen sand garden, a tranquil Japanese pond, and lush wooded grounds, making this temple a worthwhile Kyoto sightseeing attraction to visit. UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Kiyomizu Temple is a spectacular Kyoto temple with a massive veranda overlooking the city of Kyoto and the wooded grounds below. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one Kyoto attraction you won’t want to miss


Fushimi Inari Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Kyoto famous for its astounding number of torii gates that wind endlessly up the mountainside. Many visitors overlook this shrine, but it is a spectacular attraction that is definitely worth visiting while in Kyoto.


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Other Kyoto Sightseeing Attractions

Nijo Castle is one of Kyoto’s UNESCO world heritage sites and a beautiful Kyoto tourist attraction, featuring ornate architecture exquisitely detailed sliding screen paintings, and expansive Japanese gardens.


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