Attractions in Kyoto

Honen-in

This ancient temple was built in 1680 in honour of the priest, Honen. This secluded temple is located in the forest where its gardens are meticulously maintained. Open from 6am-4pm. Adress : 30 Goshonodan-chō, Shishigatani, Sakyō-ku


Minami-Za

This is the oldest kabuki theatre in Japan. Kabuki is a style of exaggerated dance-drama, and is renowned for the elaborate make-up adorned by the performers. Visit HERE or call +81 75 561 0160 for more information.


Kyo Odori

This beautiful, dramatic geisha dance is a cultural performance you won’t want to miss. Shows are three times a day, and are held at the Miyagawa-chō Kaburen-jō theatre. Call +81 75 561 1151 for more information.


Miyako Odori

This memorable geisha dance bewitches your eyes with stunning colours. Performances can be seen in April at the Gion Kōbu Kaburen-jō Theatre. Visit http://www.miyako-odori.jp for more information.


Backgammon

If you want to experience the authentic, old-fashioned mixture of drinking and board games in Japan, then make your way over to 2F, Aoi Biru Hitosujime nishi-iru. You can join in on some games of backgammon at this unique bar, which is unlike any place you’ve ever been.


Kiyomizu-dera

This Buddhist temple was originally built in 798, but was restored in 1633. Visit http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/en/ for more information.


Fushimi Inari-Taisha

This shrine has numerous monuments of foxes, as they are said to be the messengers of Inari. Found at 68 Yabunouchi-chō, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku. Call 075-641-7331 for more information.


Kurama-Dera

This beautiful temple maintains its quintessential feeling of peace and spirituality due to its natural setting in the mountainous region near Kyoto. Found at 1074 Kurama Honmachi, Sakyō-ku


Tofuku-ji

This spectacular temple is host to an immaculate garden as well as several well-maintained structures. Located at 15-778 Honmahi, Higashiyama-ku.


Sanzen-in

This Buddhist temple has a renowned hydrangea garden that attracts both tourists and locals, especially during the colorful autumn seasons. The address is 540 Raikōin-chō, Ōhara, Sakyō-ku


Nijo-jo

This castle is a remnant of the warring shoguns that dominate Japanese history. This massive castle in Kyoto was built in 1603 as a demonstration of military might. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction.


Daitoku-Ji

This temple is the essence of zen, with immaculate gardens and beautiful structures. You can get here easily by boarding the Karasuma subway line. The address is 53 Daitokuji-chō, Murasakino,


Ginkaku-Ji

Warring shoguns eventually tire of fighting. This palatial villa built as a retirement home for a warring shogun was converted into a breathtaking temple. The address is 2 Ginkaku-ji-chō, Sakyō-ku


Kinkaku-Ji

This famous golden pavilion is a must-visit. As its name suggests, there is no shortage of gold-plated surfaces. The address is 1 Kinkakuji-chōKita-ku


Nishiki Market

Boasting an impressive age of almost half a millennium, this bustling market is a great place to immerse yourself into the world of Kyoto cuisine and to do some shopping. You can find the market at Nishikikōji-dōri between Teramachi & Takakura, Nakagyō-ku


Kyoto Aquarium

Come see a diverse array of aquatic life, including the famous Japanese giant salamander at this modern aquarium. Visit HERE for more information.