10 Best Places to Visit in Kyoto! | Japan Travel Guide

10 Best Places to Visit in Kyoto! | Japan Travel Guide

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over
a millennium, and it still carries a reputation as the
nation’s most beautiful city. The countless temples, shrines and
historical structures are both fascinating,
and overwhelming. To make your trip even more enjoyable, Japanesquest presents you with 10 of the
very best places to visit in Kyoto! No. 1 Arashiyama District Arashiyama, in the western outskirts of
Kyoto is a popular destination for Japanese
tourists, especially in spring for the cherry
blossoms and in the autumn for the fall colors. The major attractions are: Togetsukyo Bridge spanning the Katsura River. Bamboo forest, the symbol of Arashiyama. The scenic Sagano Romantic Train. Hozugawa River Cruise with seasonal
scenery and thrilling rapids. Monkey Park Iwatayama, home of over 100
snow monkeys. When you are all templed out in Kyoto city,
Arashiyama can be a great escape. No.2 Ryoanji Temple Ryoanji has a famous garden that is
considered the best example of Karesansui – a Japanese rock garden. There are 15 stones in the garden, but no more than 14 can be seen from any
single viewpoint. It is said that in order to see all the
stones from the same viewpoint, you need to attain enlightenment. The Ryoanji temple also offers
an exquisite restaurant that specializes in boiled tofu. You can enjoy this typical Buddhist
cuisine while looking out across a traditional
Japanese garden. No.3 Kinkakuji Temple Kinkakuji is a Zen temple built in 1397
by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the third shogun of the Muromachi
shogunate. It is the leading symbol of the
flamboyant Kitayama culture which was prevalent from late 14th
century to early 15th century. The golden pavilion called Kinkaku has
three floors, each one built in a different
architectural style. Kinkaku shows its most exquisite beauty
at sunset, when it sparkles orange, as if on fire. No.4 Ginkakuji Temple Ginkakuji is a Zen temple founded in 1490
by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the 8th shogun of the Muromachi
shogunate. The temple and its garden are one of the
best examples of “Wabi-Sabi.” The idea behind these Japanese unique
aesthetics is the acceptance of transience and
imperfection. In other words, Wabi-sabi consists of the
ideas of “less is more,” “beauty in simplicity,” and
”perfectly imperfect.” The more you get to know Kyoto, the more you will come to enjoy and
appreciate Ginkakuji Temple. No.5 Philosopher’s Path Philosopher’s path is a pleasant narrow
path located in the eastern side of Kyoto city
that runs along a canal. The name drives from a leading Japanese
philosopher Nishida Kitaro. When he needed to ponder on his work,
he would stroll along this path experiencing the rich nature while deep
in thought. A relaxing experience with the one and a
half kilometer walk may bring you one step closer to becoming
a philosopher. No.6 Gion District Gion is a geisha district that still has
the rich atmosphere of old Kyoto city. It is one of the liveliest areas of Kyoto,
and has various sightseeing spots: Kenninji, the oldest Zen Temple in Japan. Yasaka shrine, the symbol of the Gion
district. Hanami-koji Street, home of teahouses and
traditional Japanese restaurants. Minamiza, a primary kabuki theater in
Kyoto founded in 1610. If you are lucky, you may also manage to
catch a glimpse of Geisha on their way. No.7 Kiyomizudera Temple Kiyomizudera is a Buddhist temple founded
in 778, and is one of the most popular sightseeing
spots in Kyoto. The temple’s magnificent wooden stage is
a must-see for all travelers. There are many other sites, such as the Jishu shrine, dedicated to the
god of love and matchmaking. And Otowa waterfall, whose water streams
are believed to have wish-granting powers. No.8 Sanjusangendo Temple Sanjusangendo is a Buddhist temple built
in 1165. The 120-meter-long temple hall houses
numerous Japanese national treasures, such as: The statues of Fujin and Raijin,
the gods of wind and thunder. One thousand life-size statues of the
Thousand-Armed Kannon, the goddess of mercy. A gigantic seated statue of the
Thousand-Armed Kannon. Twenty eight statues of guardian deities, who protect Kannon and all pious Buddhists followers of Kannon. No.9 Nijo Castle Nijo Castle is a flatland castle that was
built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa
shogunate. Ninomaru Palace is one of the central
buildings of the castle. It was used as the Shoguns’ office and
also a place of residence. Over 3000 paintings by prominent artists
from the Kano school are on the palace’s walls and ceilings. The Ninomaru Garden is also in the castle
grounds, built by prominent garden designer
Kobori Enshu in 1626. No.10 Fushimi Inari Shrine Fushimi Inari Shrine is the main shrine of
Inari, which is the Shinto god of rice,
agriculture, and business. There are about 10,000 Torii gates in the
shrine and on the surrounding Mount Inari. The Senbon-Torii area is the most
picturesque area, where approximately 800 Torii gates with
very narrow intervals stand. Yotsu-Tsuji, a rest area on the
mountainside, is also very pleasant with a spectacular
view of Kyoto city as a backdrop. At night, the paths and Torii gates are
lit up, giving the shrine an eerie, but also
fairytale-like aspect. Fushimi Inari Shrine is definitely a
must-see spots in Kyoto. That’s today’s episode of Japanesquest! For more details, please check our
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80 thoughts on “10 Best Places to Visit in Kyoto! | Japan Travel Guide

  1. I almost agree with your 10 best places to visit in Kyoto but i would add kokedera temple (need a top 11 ? :p). Bring me back memories of my last trip in Kyoto ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Anyone who knows the name of the song that starts when the video introduces Nr 8 and 9? Btw, I really like the video!! Can`t wait to visit Kyoto this summer

  3. Wow! Great video. I plan on visiting at some point in the next year or so and this was very informative! Made me really want to get planning. So the restaurant specializing in boiled tofu.. Are there many around like that? I'm assuming there are no animal ingredients, and all the things I heard about eating is it's a little difficult for vegetarians/vegans.

  4. i am visiting Japan in October. I'll be staying in Tokyo but Kyoto, Osaka, Sendai and if time allows Hiroshima are all on my visit list. This video is great for the recommendations and i'll certainly check as many of them out as i can. Great video

  5. pls ,how u get to those places u recommend, can they be easily reach by foot,I planning to visit next year in April fr 10 days in osaka n kyoto

  6. Great recommendations! Just uploaded my Kyoto vlog, too. Though I couldn't visit few of the places mentioned in this video ๐Ÿ™

  7. Kyoto was an incredible city, one of the prettiest I've ever seen! This guide helped my Dad and with our sightseeing adventures last October!

    Out of curiosity, what song is played during the Ginkaku-ji and Philosopher's Path portion of the video? Would love to know. Thanks!

  8. I'm visiting Tokyo,Kyoto,Nara,Osaka from 1April -5Apr 2017 w VeenaWorld in group tour I think the video WL help me Thanks fr India

  9. I hope so much to visit Japan one day! The big cities do not bother me too much but they sometimes hide quiet and typical corners?

  10. I've only visited 4 places in your list here! (Means that I definitely need to visit again ๐Ÿ˜€ โค๏ธ)

  11. I die a bit every time the narrator tries and totally butchers Japanese pronunciation to the level where you can't really hear what she says D:

  12. Do you know that the Americans excluded Kyoto from the list of targets for air raid during ww2 due to it's historical value.

  13. I've been to Japan 5 times and I also recommend everyone to visit Kyoto. You can check out a few videos and photos on my youtube channel and on my instagram account @bokuwaronin.

  14. Kyoto was actually almost destroyed by America with the atomic bombs. It was one of the prime targets for the A-bomb.however, one man who spent his honeymoon there decades earlier and loved it convinced president Truman to use a different city in its place. So instead it was Nagasaki that took the fate of the bomb

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  16. Thank you for this video, I will make sure i do visit them. May i ask how much time i need in Kyoto to see all these places.

  17. Hi, do U think all those 10 places in Kyoto can be reached by JR train? Esp like from Fushimi Inari Shrines to Arashima Bamboo Forest and Kankuyoji Temple? Am thinking to buy a 5-Day JR Kansai Hiroshima pass because I wanna see Hiroshima, too, in addition to Osaka and Kyoto. Thank you. Am still trying to understand the train systems in Japan so I don't buy the wrong expensive train pass that doesn't pay off ๐Ÿ™‚

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