Historic Sites in Kyoto

Historic Sites in Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Historic Sites

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  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy523 contributions
    If you watched the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”, or read the novel, this place is an absolute must-see for you. When I was there, I could see Sayuri with the eyes of my imagination.
    Written May 26, 2022
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  • Joseph
    9 contributions
    The statues inside are incredibly beautiful, I wish I were allowed to take pictures of them. The outside grounds are quite pretty and peaceful as well.
    Written June 15, 2020
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  • Valeriane P
    Villeurbanne, France31 contributions
    Very beautiful temple and amazing view.
    Like everything in Kyoto, be sure to go early in the morning before it gets too crowded.
    Written May 12, 2022
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  • Kwakaku
    Sakai, Japan2,016 contributions
    I have seen the Tsuten-kyo Bridge for countless times in the end-title roll of the samurai drama, Oniheihankacho. Knowing the bridge was always crowded, I have hesitated to visit it especially when its maple leaves turned scarlet. The declaration of the state of emergency has been raised. I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and dared to visit Tofuku-ji Temple, to which the Tsuten-kyo Bridge belongs, on my way between the Rakuyo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage #21 Hosho-ji Temple and #20 Yokihi Kannon-do Hall of Sen'yu-ji Temple.
    Fortunately, the bridge wasn't so much crowded as I had been afraid that it would be. Unfortunately, its maple leaves weren't at their best yet.
    Written November 21, 2021
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,751 contributions
    I stopped at Ninna-ji Temple on my way to Kinkakuji. There are two sections to this complex a paid section and free section. I honestly wouldn't recommend paying the ¥500 for the paid portion as the free portion is more interesting. The grounds are beautiful and the pagoda was very impressive. The main gate to enter the temple complex was massive. I wouldn't say this is amongst my favorites in Kyoto, but it is well worth a visit especially if you are in the area headed toward Kinkakuji.
    Written October 1, 2021
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  • John W
    454 contributions
    The villa is in three widely separated sections connected by gravel paths. These paths are well graded and easy but the villa gardens contain many steps. The whole tour takes a good hour. An audio device (free) provides a commentary in one of five languages, including English. Though the tour is free, restriction of numbers by the Imperial Household Agency, and lately coronavirus, means that the tour is uncrowded and unhurried, though the minder bringing up the rear is fond of his two-word English vocabulary: Catch up.
    The villas are set among terraced fields that have been bought up to preserve the rural setting. The buildings have a classic simplicity, and the gardens range from carefully arranged wilderness to the tame landscape surrounding the pond below the uppermost tea house. A leisurely stop at this tea house gives opportunity to view the parkland below and the borrowed scenery: the city beyond and the northern hills stretching into the distance.
    Written March 15, 2020
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  • Safariholic
    Horsham, UK1,938 contributions
    Japan's Imperial Family's offical Residence until 1868, when they moved to Tokyo. Kyoto, up until that point, was The Capital and that is why it is still very much a low-rise City, with lots of Private Residential areas, lliterally thousands of Shrines & Temples, loads of Parks and Sites to see, with minimal Industry - hence it was hardly touched by bombing during Second World War.

    Large, grand, imposing and a very pleasant and interesting walk round.

    I woud strongly commend a guide - Bilingual Guides are not difficult to find in this City, due to the incredibly constant stream of Tourists - local & Foreign.

    A good 1 - 1.5 Hrs Visit
    Written July 27, 2020
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  • Della G
    Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
    This is an awe striking Bamboo Forest and had it not been a weekend where hundreds of locals, tourists and rickshaws were criss cross each other along the pathway, it would have been a more wonderful experience. Still a very unique encounter to walk the pathways surrounded by giant bamboos. Always best to arrive early to beat the crowd. A truly memorable day visiting the bamboo forest and nearby temples.
    Written August 1, 2020
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  • YTCHENG
    Hong Kong, China15,491 contributions
    Daikaku-ji Temple was initially an imperial villa of Emperor Saga during the Heian period. The huge temple with ornate doors surrounded by beautiful gardens and a large lake were targets for visitors. Recommended to visitors when traveling Sagaosawacho area.
    Written December 5, 2019
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  • Georgiana A
    25 contributions
    It's been almost two years since I visited Daigoji, but I decided it's still worth writing this review since, of all the temples I visited in Japan during a two-week trip, this is the one that stuck with me. The bright colours of Kiyomizu Dera and gilded luxury of Kinkakuji may be the obvious tourist attractions, but I think Daigoji is the more realistic representation of nowadays Japan, at least outside the mega-cities. The shrinking, aging communities are probably less and less able to maintain or restore these local sites to their ancient splendour. Gazing at the beams of the Daigoji pagoda, one can instantly tell that they used to be painted in the same vibrant vermillion that dazzles the eye in the Kiyomizu sunset. Given enough time and neglect, the latter may still come to this state of half-abandonment. I remember the temples and gardens being almost completely devoid of any human presence, except for some sweet Japanese old ladies curating the museum or taking a stroll on the grounds. This made for an eerily serene experience, especially since it was mid-April and the sakura blossoms had just fallen. I guess the word that best describes what I felt on that day would be "natsukashii", that yearning for something beautiful and picturesque, yet at the same time out of reach and sad...
    Written February 8, 2020
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  • Emma C
    Oxford, UK2,270 contributions
    I always find a visit to Daitoku-ji refreshing and a peaceful antidote to the crowds of most other places in Kyoto. I've been a few times and never really see anyone else around. For me it is a wall city filled with long paths and trees with a real sense of zen about it. It was quite late in the day when I rocked up on this occasion so had the place to myself, but most of the sub temples were closed. Never mind, it was still s lovely experience .
    Written January 12, 2020
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  • chriscyl
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia120 contributions
    The picture of the red stairs attracted me to visit the place. So, added this place into my Japan trip. Went on end Nov 2019 for a day trip to visit Kibune shrine, Kurama-Dera temple and to see the maple leave tunnel at night. Bought the EE Kippu (Eizan Railway 1-day pass Y1200 at Demachiyanagi station and took the train to Kibuneguchi station. On the way, you will pass the famous "Momiji tunnel" that will be illuminated during the night.

    At the Kibuneguchi station, although we can see landslide on many part of the hills (aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis), the view were still lovely with blooming red maple leave tree, Took the local bus for a 10 mins ride to last stop near Kibune shrine and walked uphill for another 10 mins to the shrine. We were lucky as it was a weekday and there is not many people yet. Although it is a small shrine, people come here to view the beautiful red maple leaves trees and to enjoy the nature. The view is really lovely. You will pass by a lovely river and quaint Japanese houses and shops, as you walk to the shrine. There are a handful of restaurant and cafes if you wish to have a meal.

    It rained when we were walking to the shrine until we left the place. It was wet and cold and it did dampen our mood but I was still feeling happy. For me, this place is worth coming as it really very beautiful and serene (provided you come early).

    total journey time taken from Demachiyanagi station to Kibune shrine is about 1 hour 15 mins. Spent about 45 mins there.
    Written September 30, 2020
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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia705 contributions
    This Shinto shrine is only just over 100 years old.A massive torii gate marks the approach to the shrine, around which there are a couple of museums. The actual shrine grounds themselves are very spacious, with a wide open court at the center. The shrine's main buildings are a partial replica of the original Imperial Palace from the Heian Period, built on a somewhat smaller scale than the original. Two Chinese-style towers stand at the end of north-south running buildings beyond the Ote-mon: they are Soryu-ro and Byakko-ro, Blue Dragon and White Tiger tower respectively. The floor area here is covered with white sand. It is very impressive and worth the visit. Note: Free Admission to the shrine precincts, charge for the gardens at the rear. Easy to get to by bus from Kyoto station.
    Written January 9, 2022
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  • S. Bac
    Mantua, Italy180 contributions
    Right in the Gion quarter there is the Yasaka shrine, which leads you to the Maruyama park. They are both really crowded at anytime of the day, but while you walk through the Kyoto cabs and kimono-dressed tourists it is a good fact to visit this jinja too.
    Written January 15, 2022
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  • Tracy P
    Hong Kong, China683 contributions
    The only way to visit this palace garden is to book online 3 months ago and no guarantee to reserve a seat. The participates are drawn by luck only. Visitors are arranged to join guided tour but only in Japanese, no other language. Each tour would be guided by a tour guide and 2 guards. All are strictly required to follow the guide and walk quickly. The garden is beautifully kept and there is a big pond surrounded by maple trees. After mid November, the maples should turn to red.
    Written November 7, 2019
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