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The shrines and temples of Kyoto offer a rare link between modern life in the city and its very ancient past. The Shimogamo Shrine dates to the 6th century and seems suspended in time, its serenity and spiritual power still palpable. Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, then see the life-sized Thousand Armed Kannon statues of Sanjūsangen-dō. Enjoy traditional geisha performances, then savor a tranquil meal at a restaurant overlooking the Kamo River.

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
This shrine is one of many located throughout Japan that was built to honor Inari, the Shinto god of rice.
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Visitor Centers
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Kinkakuji Temple
Kinkakuji Temple
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... 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
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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.
Attraction type: Historic Sites; Lookouts; Sacred & Religious Sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Kyoto MK
Kyoto MK
Owner description: We are the well-known heart-mark taxi in Kyoto providing not only meter taxi services but sightseeing tours with English speaking tour guide drivers as well.If you are looking for... more Owner description: We are the well-known heart-mark taxi in Kyoto providing not only meter taxi services but sightseeing tours with English speaking tour guide drivers as well.If you are looking for a special, "omotenashi" service (selfless hospitality) while staying in Kyoto, we are here to help.Our highly trained hire staff can show you around, enter the sights and explain about them in English.Even our drivers are studying English to make you feel more comfortable during the ride!We hope we will have a chance to serve you soon! less
Attraction type: Private Tours; Taxis & Shuttles
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Sanjusangendo Temple
Sanjusangendo Temple
Originally named Rengeoin Temple, this site has taken on the name of the great hall within which houses 1001 life-sized, wooden statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy.
Attraction type: Sacred & Religious Sites; Historic Sites
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Okonomiyaki Katsu
Okonomiyaki Katsu
Ranked #1 of 12,163 Restaurants in Kyoto
Price: $4 - $9
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television
Arash's Kitchen
Arash's Kitchen
Ranked #2 of 12,163 Restaurants in Kyoto
Price: $6 - $18
Cuisines: Turkish, Persian, Indian
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar & Restaurant
Shishin Samurai Cafe & Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 12,163 Restaurants in Kyoto
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
Good for: Dining on a budget, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Matsuzakagyu What’s
Matsuzakagyu What’s
Ranked #4 of 12,163 Restaurants in Kyoto
Cuisines: Japanese, Steakhouse, Barbecue, Asian
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Otsuka
Otsuka
Ranked #5 of 12,163 Restaurants in Kyoto
Price: $9 - $52
Cuisines: Japanese, Steakhouse
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Eco and Tec Kyoto
2.5 of 5
Eco and Tec Kyoto
$52 - $137
Ranked #7 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Hotel Anteroom Kyoto
3.0 of 5
Hotel Anteroom Kyoto
$59 - $209
Ranked #11 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Sakura Terrace
3.0 of 5
Sakura Terrace
$72 - $201
Ranked #19 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Ohanabo
3.5 of 5
Ohanabo
$111 - $273
Ranked #5 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto
3.5 of 5
Citadines Karasuma-Gojo Kyoto
$100 - $408
Ranked #8 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Sakura Terrace The Gallery
3.0 of 5
Sakura Terrace The Gallery
$95 - $254
Ranked #10 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
5.0 of 5
The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto
$642 - $1,728 (¥71,492 - ¥192,428)
Ranked #3 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Arashiyama Benkei
4.0 of 5
Arashiyama Benkei
$474 - $1,098 (¥52,784 - ¥122,272)
Ranked #4 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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Hotel Kanra Kyoto
4.0 of 5
Hotel Kanra Kyoto
$229 - $876
Ranked #6 of 362 Hotels / Ryokan in Kyoto
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