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Typical sightseeing places in Kyoto

This ranked list is about the most popular sightseeing places in Kyoto for foreigners.
Never miss them!

No.1 Fushimi Inari Shrine


In this Inari shrine there are so many Torii.
Basically Torii is a red gate which divides inside and outside of shrine.


Inari is a holy fox (see top page).

All these Torii in here is made by donation. They are standing from the entrance of Shrine and up to the hill. You can see beautiful and mysterious views here.


Access
Near from Inari Station on JR Nara line
It is 7 minutes from Kyoto Station.
Note: Rapid train doesn't stop.
5 minutes' walk from Fushimi Inari Station on Keihan line
Note: Limited Exp. and Rapid Exp. doesn't stop.
Access Map
Link to Google Map
Entrance fee
Free
Open hour
8:30 - 16:30
Expecting time
2 hours

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No.2 Kinkaku-ji (Golden temple)


The architecture and garden of Kinkaku-ji (Golden temple) are imitating the heaven.
The walls of 3rd and 2nd floors are covered with gold-leaf. One of World Heritage.

This temple was built by the Shogun (Military dictator) Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as his residence in the end of 14th century, who has big power even after his retirement.
This residence was an important political place.

This temple was sometimes burnt in civil war during the long history. Recently it was burnt by some school monk in 1950.


Access
It locates in northern area of Kyoto.
It is 40 minutes ride by bus (No.101 or No.205) from Kyoto Station. This bus line runs often (by 12 minutes).
The bus stop is "Kinkakuji-michi".
Access Map
Link to Google Map
Entrance fee
400 yen
Open hour
9:00 - 17:00
Expecting time
1 hour


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No.3 Kiyomizu-dera

This temple is famous for its high and huge stage. (See the picture on left.) We can look down Kyoto city from here and the view is terrific.
This stage has been used for Japanese traditional entertainment like Noh, Kyogen, Kabuki and Sumo.

Besides, there are a lot of shops along the street from bus stops or car parking to the gate. They sell Japanese traditional good, sweets and etc. Shopping is also an important purpose for visitors.

"Kiyomizu" means water spring. Water spring comes out in here, so it has been holy place for people. This temple was established in the 6th century.

Access
It takes 15 minutes ride by bus (No.206 or No.100) from Kyoto Station. This bus line runs very often (by 5 minutes).
The destination bus stop is "Kiyomizu-michi".
Access Map
Link to Google Map
Entrance fee
400 yen
Open hour
6:00 - 17:30, 18:00, 18:30 (depending on the day)
18:00 - 21:00, 21:30 (some specific periods)
Expecting time
80 minutes (including shopping)

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No.4 Sanjusangen-do

There are 1,000 golden Buddhism statues (Kannon) in the building. It is overwhelming. But unfortunately we are not allowed to use the photos of them.

Kannon (the below photo)
Each statue has 42 arms to save a lot of people. It has also 11 faces.
Note: The below photo is the Kannon in other temple.

Originally Buddhism is the teaching of Buddha. But it had changed to get to Japan. Various gods had been produced and involved.
Some denominations are strict and emphasize on self-meditation. They look like original Buddhism.
Some denominations emphasize to help people. They produced ingenious Buddhism world.



Access
It takes some minutes by bus (No.100, 206, 208) from Kyoto Station. It is on the way to Kiyomizu-dera.
The destination bus stop is "Hakubutsukan (museum) Sanjusangen-do Mae".
Access Map
Link to Google Map
Entrance fee
600 yen
Open hour
8:00 - 17:00
8:00 - 16:00 (from the middle of November to March)
Expecting time
30 minutes

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No.5 Arashiyama Monkey Park

Monkey is originally southern living animal. Japanese macaque is the monkey that lives in the most northern area.

Arashiyama Monkey Park is very popular for foreign tourists, because we can see monkeys very closely.
The monkeys were wild but they had gotten accustomed to be given food.
Access
It takes about 40 minutes by No.28 bus from Kyoto Station. Get off at "Hankyu Arashiyama Ekimae".
Hankyu line or Keihuku line is also available. But the both lines are not on Kyoto Station.
Access Map
Link to Google Map
Entrance fee
550 yen
Open hour
9:00 - 17:30 (from 15th March to October)
9:00 - 16:30 (from November to 14th March)
Expecting time
40 minutes


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No.6 Nijo Castle

Nijo castle is the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa shogunate. It is used not for military purpose but political purpose. That is why it is gorgeous.

Kyoto had been the capital between the end of 8th and the end of 12th century which is called 'Heian' period. During this period Japanese emperor and noble families had kept the power.
After that, regional lords had risen and weakened the central authority. Finally Tokugawa shogunate had established the government in Edo (Tokyo).
Access
It takes about 13 minutes by bus (No.9, 50, 101) from Kyoto Station. Get off at "Nijo-jo mae".
Access Map
Link to Google Map
Entrance fee
600 yen
Open hour
8:45 - 16:00
Expecting time
60 minutes


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No.7 Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is a historic 390m long shopping street with over 120 shops. Vegetable, pickles, dried seafood, tea, sweets, Sushi, Tofu are selling.
Not only local people but a lot of tourist come to shopping. It is very lively street.

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Access
Take Karasuma subway line from Kyoto Station (K11) and get off at Shijo Station (K09).
Access Map
Link to Google Map
Entrance fee
Free
Open hour
It depends on the shop.
Normally 10:00 - 18:00
Expecting time
60 minutes

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