Kyoto Sightseeing: Listed here are the top Kyoto attractions and Kyoto sightseeing locations. We recommend that you try to see at least some of these Kyoto attractions on your visit to Kyoto.

Kyoto's World Heritage Sites are high lighted in yellow.  There are seventeen of them.

Tip: Use our Kyoto map to help plan your sightseeing in Kyoto.

Kyoto Sightseeing - Temples and Shrines

Anrakuji Temple is very popular in cherry blossom season, early summer for its azaleas and late autumn for its leaves of red and orange.
Byodoin Temple
Daigoji Temple and its five storied pagoda are a World Heritage Site and a National Treasure. Daigoji Temple is also famous for its cherry blossom viewing in spring.
Daitokuji Temple - A small and understated temple complex, boasting several small, secluded sub-temples.
Eikan-do Zenrin-ji Temple is famous for its fall foliage and for its prominence in the past as a center of learning.
Enryakuji Temple
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine - Well known for the thousands of vermilion torii lining the paths to the shrine.
Ginkakuji - Silver Pavilion - built in the style of the Golden Pavilion with a famous rock and sand garden.
Heian Jingu Shine - Largest Torii in Japan plus beautiful shrine and gardens.
Honen-in Temple is a beautiful secluded temple with a thatched gate.
Hongwanji Temple
Kamigamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and is a World Heritage Site.
Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion - The most famous temple in Kyoto and probably Japan. The temple is literally covered in gold!
Kiyomizu-dera Temple complex - Impressive 13m high veranda and pure water fall.
Kozanji Temple is a World Heritage Site featuring Japan's oldest tea garden and many National Treasures including pictures.
Nanzenji Temple is popular temple complex with a distinctive two-storey entrance gate (sanmon) and aqueduct.
Ninnaji Temple is a World Heritage Site and its treasure house contains many National Treasures.
Nyakuoji Jinja Shrine is particularly popular in late autumn (fall) when the leaves of the surrounding trees have turned various shades of orange and red.
Otoyo-jinja Shrine is listed as a Place of Scenic Beauty among the ancient temples and shrines gracing the Kyoto.
Ryoanji Temple - World famous Zen dry landscape garden and one of the top three Japanese gardens.
Saihoji Temple is a World Heritage Site featuring a famous moss garden. Saihoji Temple has restricted access for tourists.
Sanjusangendo Temple is famous for the Thousand Armed Kannon.
Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Japan and is a World Heritage Site.
Tenryuji Temple - World Heritage Site. Tenryuji Temple is famous for its gardens, history and religious significance.
Tofukuji Temple's main gate is the oldest Zen main gate in all Japan.
Toji Temple - A World Heritage Site, the Toji Temple is a Buddhist temple and includes the tallest wooden tower in Japan.
Ujigami jinja Shrine
Yasaka Shrine is famous for Gion Matsuri festival which takes there.

Kyoto Sightseeing - Significant Buildings

Katsura Imperial Villa - One of Japan's most important large-scale cultural treasures.
Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) - The Imperial residence when Kyoto was the capital of Japan.
Nijo Castle - Includes Nimomaru Palace the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several gardens.

Kyoto Sightseeing - Significant Locations and Parks

Gion - Home to many geisha houses and traditional tea houses. The best place to see geisha and maiko in the streets.
Maruyama Park is the main location for hanami (cherry blossom viewing) in Kyoto.

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