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Things to do in Kyoto

 

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Fushimi Inari Shrine
Ranked #1 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Historic Sites; Religious Sites; Tourist/ Visitor Centers
This shrine is one of many located throughout Japan that was built to honor Inari, the Shinto god of rice.
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Ranked #2 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Religious Sites
Owner description: One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built in 1397 as a residence for shogun Ashikaga... more » Owner description: One of Kyoto's most famous attractions, this temple was originally built in 1397 as a residence for shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The structure was completely covered in gold leaf, earning it the name Golden Pavilion. « less
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Ranked #3 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Historic Sites; Religious Sites

Sanjusangendo con... one of the greatest examples of religious art in the world.  It was once part of a large Buddhist complex known as the Rengeoin ["Lotus King Temple... more »

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Ranked #4 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
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Ranked #5 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Religious Sites; Lookouts; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It's beautiful hillside location offers... more » Owner description: This most-visited temple in Kyoto was built to honor Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It's beautiful hillside location offers spectacular views of the city and valley below. « less
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Ranked #6 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Zoos
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Ranked #7 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Owner description: Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge, Togetsu-kyo, is a beautiful, much-beloved wooden... more » Owner description: Arashiyama is a small town on the Oi River. Its moon-crossing bridge, Togetsu-kyo, is a beautiful, much-beloved wooden structure. Arishiyama also has Tenryu-ji temple, one of the 14 World Heritage Sites in Kyoto. « less
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Ranked #8 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens
Created as an imperial summer retreat, the garden complex is a fine example of Japanese landscape design.
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Ranked #9 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Castles
Owner description: This world heritage site was the home of Tokugawa leyasu, one of the most powerful men in Japan. The castle was built as a... more » Owner description: This world heritage site was the home of Tokugawa leyasu, one of the most powerful men in Japan. The castle was built as a residence and not for defense purposes. However, to protect the shogun from enemies, special creaky floorboards were installed to warn of anyone approaching. « less
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Ranked #10 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens
Owner description: This beautiful home belonged to members of the Katsura family, one of the Imperial families of Japan. The home displays some... more » Owner description: This beautiful home belonged to members of the Katsura family, one of the Imperial families of Japan. The home displays some very traditional Japanese architecture and landscape design. « less
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Ranked #11 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #12 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites; Gardens
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Ranked #13 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #14 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Travelers' Choice® 2013 Winner Attractions
Category: Religious Sites
Owner description: Built in 1482 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this Zen temple was supposed to have been finished in a coat of silver.... more » Owner description: Built in 1482 by the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this Zen temple was supposed to have been finished in a coat of silver. Although this step never occurred, the temple is still known by the name Silver Pavilion. « less
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Ranked #15 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #16 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Neighborhoods; Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: The most famous neighborhood in Kyoto is also known as the Geisha district. It is here, among the teahouses and private... more » Owner description: The most famous neighborhood in Kyoto is also known as the Geisha district. It is here, among the teahouses and private clubs that you can catch a glimpse of a geisha in full dress including white makeup. « less
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Ranked #17 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites; Gardens
Owner description: This Zen Buddhist temple was converted from a former residence of Emperor Kameyama upon his death. The beautiful grounds... more » Owner description: This Zen Buddhist temple was converted from a former residence of Emperor Kameyama upon his death. The beautiful grounds include several buildings, hiking trails and a classic Zen garden. « less
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Ranked #18 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Performances
Owner description: *Reservation recommended* Samurai Kembu is the Japanese traditional performing art that shows the Samurai's spirit and... more » Owner description: *Reservation recommended* Samurai Kembu is the Japanese traditional performing art that shows the Samurai's spirit and culture. You can enjoy both the demonstration and the lesson. Enjoy the way of the samurai through the elegance of sword performance! « less
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Ranked #19 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #20 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Gardens
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Ranked #21 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #22 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
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Ranked #23 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites; Parks
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Ranked #24 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #25 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites; Gardens
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Ranked #26 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Historic Sites; Religious Sites
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Ranked #27 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Historic Sites; Religious Sites
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Ranked #28 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #29 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites
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Ranked #30 of 340 attractions in Kyoto
Category: Religious Sites
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