Kyoto (京都), Japan Travel Guide
Gokogu-jinja in Kyoto, Japan
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Sights within Kyoto
- Chion-in Temple
Headquarters of Jodo Buddhism in Japan.
- Daitoku-ji Temple
Temple intimately connected to the tea ceremony.
- Domoto Insho Museum
Museum housing works by nihonga master Domoto Insho.
- Ginkaku-ji (The Silver Pavilion)
The Japanese garden in which the tea ceremony, Noh, flower arrangement and ink painting developed to new heights of refinement.
- Gion District
Kyoto's best-known geisha quarter.
- Gion Kobu Kaburenjo
Kabuki practice hall for geishas in Gion district.
The most classy part of Gion district.
- Heian Shrine
Shinto shrine built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of Kyoto.
- Higashi Hongan-ji Temple
The Eastern Temple of the Original Vow is a Jodo-Shinshu temple with one of the largest wooden structure in the world.
- Higashiyama district
An outskirt district of Kyoto that has been charmingly preserved.
- Ichiriki Ochaya
The most famous ochaya, or tea house, in Kyoto.
- Imperial Park
Spacious part in the heart of Kyoto.
- Jingo-ji Temple
Shingon Buddhist temple in the Takao mountains.
- Kamigamo Shrine
Kamo shrine dedicated to the god of thunder at the northern reaches of the Kamo River.
- Kinkaku-ji (The Golden Pavilion)
Famous pavilion built by the shogun Yoshimitsu as his retirement villa.
- Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine
Shrine dedicated to Tenjin-san, the deity of learning. Popularly visited by students praying for good results in exams.
- Kiyomizu-dera Temple
One of the most famous temples in Kyoto.
- Kongo Nogakudo Theater
Noh theater across from the Imperial Palace grounds.
- Koryu-ji Temple
Temple with the oldest Buddha image in Kyoto.
- Kozan-ji Temple
Omuro Buddhist temple in the Takao mountains.
- Kyoto City Museum of Fine Arts
Museum that often hosts exhibitions by American and European artists.
- Kyoto National Museum
Museum with good collection of pictorial works and Heian-period sculptures.
- Kyoto Station
A destination and an attraction in its own right, the massive station brings futuristic architecture to heritage-rich Kyoto.
- Maruyama Park
Park famous for viewing cherry blossoms in Kyoto.
One of the oldest kabuki theatres in Kyoto.
- Myoshin-ji Temple
Temple of the Rinzai-sect Zen temple founded in 1337.
- Nanzen-ji Temple
The temple that is closely connected to the history of Zen Buddhism.
- National Museum of Modern Art
Museum exhibiting works by Kyoto artists.
- Nijo Castle
Castle erected by Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu to symbolize the power of the Edo-based shogunate.
- Ninna-ji Temple
Temple of the Shingon Buddhist sect founded in AD 888 by Emperor Uda.
- Nishi Hongan-ji Temple
The Western Temple of the Original Vow is a Jodo-Shinshu temple with the oldest Noh stage in Japan.
- Philosopher's Walk
A scenic trail in Kyoto along a cherry-tree lined canal.
- Pontocho Alley
Alley with geisha houses and traditional tea houses.
- Pontocho Kaburenjo Theatre
Practice hall for geishas at Pontocho.
- Ryoan-ji Temple
The most famous rock garden in Japan.
- Saiho-ji Temple
The famous Moss Temple of Kyoto.
- Sanjusangen-do Temple
Temple with 1,001 identical statues of Kannon, the goddes of mercy.
- Shimogamo Shrine
Shinto shrine dedicated to the god of thunder on the southern part of the Kamo River.
Street in the Gion district lined with tea houses.
- Shoren-in Temple
Beautifully landscaped temple with ancient camphor trees.
- Tanuki Shrine
A small shrine on Pontocho Alley.
- Tatsumi Daimyo-jin
Small shrine on the eastern end of Shinbashi.
- Toji Temple
Temple founded in AD 796, headquarters of Shingon Buddhism, with the tallest pagoda in Japan.
- Yasaka Shrine
Shrine established in AD 656 in the Gion district.
Sights in the vicinity of Kyoto
The following are places of interest near to Kyoto, with description of the different districts which which you may also want to explore.
- Daigo-ji Temple
Temple with some of the best works of art from the Momoyama period.
- Enryaku-ji Temple
A mountain-top temple that was once a huge monastery.
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
Shrine to the god of rice and sake, famous for its path lined with hundreds of vermillion torii gates.
- Katsura Imperial Villa
Garden with one of the best Japanese landscape design.
- Kurama District
Once a rural village, this district is today a suburb of Kyoto. Venue of the annual Fire Festival.
- Manshu-in Temple
Tendai-sect temple with a beautiful Japanese garden.
- Ohara District
A district with thatched farmhouses and two famous temples.
- Sagano District
A rural district with rice fields and bamboo groves.
- Shisen-do Temple
Villa constructed by a samurai as a retirement villa, now a Soto-sect Zen temple.
- Shugaku-in Imperial Villa
Garden created by retired emperor Go-Mizuno.
- Takao District
A district with mountain temples and sceneries.
Sights in Arashiyama District
Arashiyama District is an area with unspoilt natural beauty just outside Kyoto. You can visit it as a day-trip from Kyoto.
- Iwatayama Monkey Park
Park with over a hundred Japanese macaques.
- Okochi Sanso
Villa of late silent-movie star.
- Tenryu-ji Temple
Temple founded by the Ashikaga shogun to venerate Buddha.
- Togetsu-kyo Bridge
Bridge in Iwatayama district.
Sights in Uji City
Uji City is a city within the Kyoto Prefecture. It grows some of the best green tea in Japan. Uji City has two temples listed below which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kyoto.
- Byodo-in Temple
Temple that appears on the Japanese 10-yen coin.
- Ujigami Shrine
Oldest existing Shinto shrine in Japan.