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- Classed as one of Japan's three most scenic views ("nihon sankei"), Amanohashidate is a tree-lined sandbar which spans Miyazu Bay. From an elevated position on either side of the bay, visitors can enjoy the best possible view of this "bridge to the heavens".
You'll find every gadget imaginable at this world-famous consumer electronics Mecca. Note: Tourists can buy duty-free items on the upper floors of most of the larger stores.
Amanohashidate Travel Guide
- Aoi Matsuri
- This is one of the most famous festivals in Kyoto, and it attracts countless visitors every year.
Held on May 15th, the festival includes a parade which features hundreds of people dressed in traditional Heian-era clothing. This procession dates back to the 7th century and provides a fascinating glimpse into the past.
Kyoto City Tourism Association
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- Byodo-in Temple
- The finest example of the now-rare "Pure Land Garden" aesthetic, Byodo-in temple's centerpiece is the Phoenix Hall.
An image of the Phoenix Hall features on every 10 yen coin.
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- Chion-in Temple
- The head temple of the Pure Land sect (one of the largest Buddhist sects in Japan), Chion-in features several key sights of interest, including the towering Sanmon gate and the "nightingale floors" inside the temple. This type of flooring was specifically designed to generate squeaking noises when people stepped on them. Nightingale floors were a form of security, as they would alert residents to potential intruders.
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- Daigo-ji Temple
- This temple and it's grounds are home to 18 designated national treasures of Japan, including a five-storied pagoda which dates back to 951 and is the oldest building in Kyoto.
- Daitoku-ji Temple
- This temple is surrounded by a number of smaller sub-temples, and is home to some wonderful Zen gardens and architecture. The maple trees of the Koto-in sub-temple provide some beautiful sights in late November.
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- Fushimi Inari Taisha
- Featured in countless photographs, Fushimi Inari Taisha's eye-catching torii-gate corridors wind through the surrounding forests and connect numerous shrines and other points of interest. The area is also known for the fox statues which inhabit it’s various turns and passageways. Foxes are believed to be the messengers of Inari, the Shinto God of fertility, agriculture, industry and business.
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- Ginkaku-ji Temple
- The main temple structure of the "Silver Pavilion" was built in 1482, and it's design was modeled on Kinkaku-ji (which can also be found in Kyoto). For a long time shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa had hoped to cover the temple in silver, though sadly these plans never came to fruition. Nonetheless, Ginkaku-ji remains a popular sightseeing spot thanks to it’s attractive structures and grounds.
- A staple of any good sightseeing visit to Kyoto, Gion constitutes a little slice of the city's bygone years.
Kyoto Travel Guide
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- Hanatoro (light-up even)
- "Higashiyama area" in Kyoto is lighting up with "Toro" (lanterns). Enjoy the special fantasy atmosphere walking around.
Kyoto Hanatouro Website
- Heian Jingu Shrine
- The history goes back to 1895, on the 1100th anniversary of the transfer the capital from Nara to Kyoto.
Heian Jingu Shrine Website
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- Kinkaku-ji Temple
- Well-known as Kinkaku-ji Temple but the official name is Rokuon-ji Temple.
It was registered The World Heritage as "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" in December, 1994.
Kinkaku-ji Temple Website
- Kiyomizu-dera Temple
- It is an independent Buddhist temple and was founded in 778. It is one of the remarkable famous temple in Kyoto.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple Website
- Kyoto Imperial Palace
- It is the former ruling palace for the Japanese emperor in Kyoto. The building is open for public today and there are tours by Imperial Household Agency.
Kyoto Imperial Palace Website
- Kyoto Tower
- Once you go out from Karasuma exit, you will find this amazing tower easily. Buit in 1964 and the concept of this tower is lighthouse built to illuminate the landlocked city of Kyoto.
Kyoto Tower Website
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- Miho Museum
- Located in Shigaraki in Shiga prefecture, near southeast of Kyoto. It was opened in 1997 in order to show Ms.Mihoko Koyama's collections but now there are more than 2000 collections which are gathered from all over the world.
Miho Museum Website
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- Nijo-jo Castle
- It is a flatland castle in Kyoto, which is consisted of the Ninomaru Palace and Honmaru Palace. The castle was registered as a World Heritagein 1994.
Nijo-jo Castle Website
- Nishiki Market
- This is one of the remarkable food markets where you can enjoy local meals in Kyoto.
The history goes back to more than 400 years ago. There are many fascinating restaurants and souvenir shops.
Nishiki Market Website
- Ninna-ji Temple
- This is one of the World Heritage in Japan and the head of Omuro School of the Shingon sect of Buddhismhead founded in 888.
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- The Philosopher's Walk / Tetsugaku-no-michi
- The pleasant stroll path that runs alongside a canal in the shadow of the eastern mountains between Ginkaku-ji Temple (the Silver Pavilion) and the Nyakuoji Bridge.
Kyoto Travel Guide
- The traditional shopping street from Ponto-cho to Shijo, 88 shops along the street.
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- Ryoan-ji Temple
- It was originally an aristocrat’s villa but converted into a Zen temple in 1450. There is the most famouos rock garden which attracts many people due to its beauty.
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- Sanjusangen-do Temple
- The temple features a huge hall containing 1,001 figures of Kannon carved in the 12th and 13th centuries, which originally built by Taira noKiyomori in 1164.
- Sento Imperial Palace
- It was the residence of retired emperors during Edo period and is best thought of as a private park within the larger Kyoto Imperial Palace Park.
Sento Imperial Palace Website
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- Tenryu-ji Temple
- Located in Arashiyama and built in 1339 in memory of Emperor Godaigo. It was ranked first among the city's five great Zen temples and has been registered as a world heritage.
- To-ji Temple
- Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect in Kyoto, Japan and. IT was founded just after the capital was moved to Kyoto in the late 700s and one of Kyoto's many UNESCO world heritage.