Attractions in Kyoto


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


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 for more information.


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.


This Buddhist temple was originally built in 798, but was restored in 1633. Visit 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.


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


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


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


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.


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,


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


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.