Sights & landmarks in Kyoto

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  • Tony S
    Basingstoke, UK174 contributions
    Its a really lovely shrine, there are a lot of tori gates, the walk isnt too challenging and there is a very large concentration of shrines on the way, the view at the top of Kyoto is worth the walk, make sure you use the toilet before you set off, the toilets at the halfway point were out of service when we went.
    Written May 25, 2023
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  • Kityayma
    Sydney, Australia176 contributions
    The temple is very beautiful as is the setting and the surrounding garden.
    It gets very crowded so probably best to go early. One way crowd control helps.
    Definitely worth seeing.
    Written May 29, 2023
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  • G2Kpauly
    Melbourne, Australia1,818 contributions
    I went here yesterday and thought it was pretty cool and interesting. It was very crowded though so kind of annoying. Some good photo points and a nice view of Kyoto up here.
    Written May 28, 2023
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  • Barry C
    Sleaford, UK500 contributions
    The main temple structure, surrounded by pretty
    gardens, with pools and trees, is not very attractive
    from outside. However, it houses rows of a thousand
    carved Buddhas, with one huge Buddha in the centre.

    Quite a breathtaking sight when you first enter. At first
    the Buddhas appear to be carbon copies, but on
    closer inspection, there are differences in the hands
    and faces. A calm, peaceful place in the middle of a
    busy city.
    Written April 28, 2023
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  • Laurence Tan
    Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
    Traveled down using the trains early morning to avoid the crowd, amazing views and scenery. A must go to experience the beauty of nature. As it reaches 11am, crowds will start coming and it'll be filled with people
    Written May 15, 2023
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  • G2Kpauly
    Melbourne, Australia1,818 contributions
    I enjoyed my walk around this castle. I bought the ticket to go inside and in the garden. I was abit annoyed when told no photos inside the castle because it's sacred. They should tell you before you buy that ticket. It was pretty with nice murals inside but unfortunately no photos! The outside was a lovely slow walk with some good photo points. Well worth a visit in Kyoto.
    Written May 29, 2023
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  • Deepak_01
    Bengaluru, India6,274 contributions
    A mix of new and old ,Gion is a wonderful experience to explore.Some stretches with high end leading brands and malls and the side alleys which are traditional with colourful houses, buildings,eateries parks and shrines.
    The calm river adds to Gion's charm.
    Plenty of shopping and food options.
    Definitely recommended to explore Gion.
    Written May 5, 2023
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  • Hiroshi317
    Yokohama, Japan306 contributions
    One of famous autumn leaves temple.
    Here is special to maintain trees during year for autumn season.
    It’s said water is impotent for red leaves if few rain they put water to a lot of trees.
    There are many pavilions and buds a few of them is able to take photos.
    There are many visitors there but not afraid of visiting Eikando temple in autumn.
    Written November 24, 2022
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  • Biffro
    London, UK1,021 contributions
    This was one of the first temples we visited in Kyoto and it is known as the silver pavilion and we got a bus here from our hotel. There is a short walk past restaurants and shops to get there and we found this to be a much less busier spot than some of the other temples and attractions.

    The pavilion was lovely to see but the gardens were really beautiful with waterfalls and a nice view of the buildings and gardens below. The gardens look very traditional and are so beautifully maintained. A very serene temple and worth coming to see.
    Written May 22, 2023
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  • Steven R
    4 contributions
    Most people go to Fushimi Inari but this is only one stop away on the JR Nara Line -beautiful in the Fall -always worth a stop. Also for those cravign western style food Dragon Burger right next the JR station is on the way.
    Written April 13, 2023
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  • Orator11
    Singapore, Singapore5,221 contributions
    It seems like a must do for every tourist, as well as locals, as the place was packed even at 1030 am. There sre plenty of food options such as fried croquettes, snowcrab claw, tofu, chestnuts and other local snacks.

    For souvenir hunters, there are several shops selling plateware, umbrellas and the usual fridge magnets, even local rice and yuzu honey.

    Do note that you are not supposed to walk about eating - you should eat at the tables provided by the eateries, or stop on the side of the corridor (and do not block store entrances).

    From here, you can take an easy walk to the old quarter, where the canals are and where there are cafes and restaurants.
    Written May 18, 2023
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  • LondonLockwood
    Loughton, UK867 contributions
    The Japanese rail system runs like clockwork and added to that it’s train stations are like the best shopping malls and restaurants all under one roof .. Just incredible. Any main station has a mile of high quality food shops ..all as good as you will get out in town .. Osaka is no exception. It’s shops are of Harrods quality and the “ snack “ shops full of high end take out goodies.
    You could literally spend all day here .. it’s that good .. Highly recommended ..
    Written May 12, 2023
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  • Cheryl B
    Honolulu, HI418 contributions
    It doesnʻt matter the season or the day. Nanzenji forever impresses with itsʻ presence. Walking into the temple.. is returning home.
    Written May 9, 2023
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  • dimsist
    Iwakuni, Japan6 contributions
    this place was absolutely gorgeous. It was established towards the end of the 8th Century, with it being the only remaining site from the original Heiankyo. (meaning that it existed since Kyoto became the capitol of Japan). There are plenty of historicTemples in the city but this one is the oldest and one of the most important in Japanese buddhism.

    You can also see Miyamoto Musashi's paintings here!
    Written May 22, 2023
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  • Suzanne2303
    Labrador, Australia933 contributions
    We walked this path along a stream, with lots of flowering trees, pretty bridges, and little cafes along the way. There were also a number of smaller shrines and temples to visit if you have the time.
    Written May 9, 2023
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