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  • Kyoto Aquarium
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kankijichou 35-1 (in Umekoji Park)
    An aquarium a 15 minute walk west from the Chuo exit at Kyoto Station which first opened in 2012. In addition to exhibits presenting the creatures living in the sea near Kyoto, the aquarium also has exhibits recreating the environments of the Kamogawa River and Yura River and the terraced rice fields and water channels at the foot of Kyoto’s mountains. The facility also strives to aid in environmental conservation through such activities as breeding endangered species living in Kyoto and making use of solar power.
  • Toei Kyoto Studio Park
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Uzumasahigashihachiokachou 10
    A movie theme park located in Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City which makes portions of the Toei Kyoto film studio open to the public. The park offers a variety of events and attractions, including the chance to see how television programs and movies are filmed on a recreated open set, historical dram sword fight and acting shows, a haunted house, and classes on theatrical sword fighting. The park also hosts restaurants and cafes. People of all ages can enjoy an entire day of fun at Toei Kyoto Studio Park. The park’s variety of opportunities to try out movie and TV related costumes are particularly popular, from simple costumes like those worn in historical dramas that can be put on in 15-20 minutes to photography sessions taken by professional photographers.
  • Kyoto National Museum
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Chayachou 527
    A museum located in the Chaya-cho neighborhood of Higashiyama Ward which first opened in 1897 as the Imperial Museum of Kyoto. The museum changed to its current name in 1952. Visitors can enjoy viewing the museum’s collection of masterpieces and historic objects, including National Treasures, such as paintings, carvings, writings, and swords. The museum also holds special exhibitions.
  • Kyoto City Zoo
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    3.5
    216 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakihoushoujichou In Okazaki Park
    A zoo established by the city of Kyoto located in the Okazaki area of Sakyo Ward. This historic zoo was the second to be opened in the country, having begun operating in 1903. The zoo is dedicated to animal breeding and has achieved the first successful breeding in Japan of species such as lions, tigers, western lowland gorillas, and lar gibbons. The zoo houses numerous exhibits only found here, including an Asian elephant herd in the Forest of Elephants and a Gorilla House where visitors can see gorillas learning with the use of touch panels, a first in Japan. In the Otogi no Kuni (Fairy Land) exhibit Animals, used to the presence of humans such as domesticated farm animals can be viewed up close and touched, providing visitors to have fun while learning about the preciousness of life.

    Incredibly small enclosures for everything. Sad elephants. Over cramped spaces. These animals deserve so much better

  • Kyoto Prefectual Yamashiro Sports Park (Taiyogaoka Stadium)
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    3.5
    14 Reviews
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    Kyoto Ujishi Hironochou Hachikenyadani 1
    This park is known by the nickname Taiyogaoka (Hill of Sunshine). It is a popular park among people bringing their families as it equipped with a pool, tennis court, baseball field, play and adventure forests, as well as a connect forest with play equipment making use of the natural environment.

    山を切り開いて開発した不便な立地の運動公園。 公園内には様々なスポーツ施設があるため、大会が重なると人が多い。

  • Okazaki Park
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakisaishoujichou other
    This is a comprehensive public park which opened in 1895 using the grounds of the Fourth National Industrial Exhibition. The park is home to facilities such as the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and the Kyoto City Zoo, and is located in a spot where many cultural exchange facilities can be found including Nanzen-ji Temple to the east and Heian Jingu Shrine to the north.
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
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    4.0
    123 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Okazakienshoujichou
    This art museum inside Okazaki Park in Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City first opened its doors in 1963. The museum’s annex, a modern building of glass and gray walls, was completed in 1986. The museum collects and preserves modern art from both within Japan and around the world and boasts a collection of over 12,000 pieces. The museum places particular emphasis on art from Western Japan and the Kansai region with a focus on Kyoto and has a collection of many works from the Kyoto and Kansai art worlds. The museum also displays industrial art pieces. In addition to a permanent exhibit whose contents are changed periodically, the museum also holds special exhibitions. The adjoining authentic Italian café is also popular.

    This Gallery is somewhat difficult to get to, depending where you are staying... save stress catch a taxi but have google map pre-organised as most taxi drivers cannot speak even basic English. Like...

  • Amanohashidate View Land
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    Kyoto Miyadushi Monju
    This is an amusement park at the summit of Mt. Monju, Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture with a viewing platform from which one can see Amanohashidate. Along with attractions including go karts, merry go rounds and a Ferris wheel, the view from the viewing platform restaurant is stunning. There are seven “fork peepholes” that allow one to look between the forks of Amanohashidate, and the Hiryukan through which one can see what looks like a dragon ascending to heaven. There are monorail and lift services to and from the foot of the mountain.
  • Kyoto Botanical Garden
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shimogamohangichou
    Opened in 1924, this is Japan’s oldest public botanical garden. Some 120 thousand plants grow on the garden’s spacious grounds, spanning some 12 thousand varieties. The south side of the garden features the front entrance flower beds blooming with seasonal flowers, a rose garden, and one of the largest greenhouses in Japan, were visitors can enjoy rare tropical plants such as welwitschia and baobab. The north side of the garden includes the virgin Nakaragi Forest and a garden presenting a natural plant ecology as well as cherry trees, Japanese apricot trees, and Japanese irises. The cherry tree blossoms from mid-March to late April are truly splendid and their illumination at night is a must-see. Children of junior high school age and younger as well as senior citizens 70 years of age and older may enter free. Kitayama Station is the closest station to the garden.

    京都府立植物園内にあり、疲れた時に休めますが、紅葉の見頃である寒い季節に行ったためかガラガラでした。

  • Fukuchiyama Castle
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    4.0
    99 Reviews
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    Kyoto Fukuchiyamashi Naiki 5
    This castle of the old Fukuchiyama feudal domain in Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Prefecture is a fortress which belonged to a powerful clan was once known as Yokoyama Castle. It was reconstructed by Akechi Mitsuhide in 1579, who renamed it to Fukuchiyama Castle. Once completed there was a castle tower and various other buildings, but after the castle abandonment orders of the Meiji period many were demolished. Just the stone wall, copper gatehouse and the Toyoiwa-no-i Well remain their original Edo period appearance. The current castle tower was rebuilt in 1986, and the inside was opened as a museum.

    Greeted by a tour guide who directed visitors to the museum portion of the castle. The cherry blossom were absolutely stunning. Met locals in the garden area who were happy to practice their English...

  • Umekoji Park
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kankijichou 56-3
    A park located on the former site of the Japan Freight Railway Company Umekoji Station that was built to commemorate the 1,200th anniversary of the foundation of Heiankyo, the ancient capital of Japan. The parks spacious 13.7 hectare grounds include a lawn surrounded by flowers and trees, a riverbed where families can play in the shallow waters, and a forest designed to recreate an animal biotope. The park is also used for a variety of events. On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, a nostalgic street car operates in the park between the Hazesaku Yume and Shiden plazas. Kyoto’s first aquarium was opened in the park in 2012, and one of the largest railroad museums in Japan was also opened here in 2016. Walk 15 minutes west from Kyoto Station.
  • Ryukoku University Ryukoku Museum
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shirokyo-ku Horikawa Dori Front (Nishihonganji Temple in front)
    Ryukoku Museum is dedicated to Buddhism and based on the research of Ryukoku University. Visitors learn about Buddhist thought, history, and culture through easy to understand displays of authentic items. In addition, their special theme-based exhibitions and planned exhibitions held a few times a year are always interesting. The museum's first floor cafe and shop can be used without visiting the museum itself.

    We decided to stop at this Museum as it started to rain very hard after our visit of the Nishi Hongwangi Temple ( on the other side of the street ) .Lots of children around taking classes and...

  • Kyoto International Manga Museum
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    4.0
    531 Reviews
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    Karasuma-ku Ikegami Le, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
    This manga museum in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto, is Japan's largest manga museum. It first opened in 2006. Including valuable works from the Meiji period and the post-WWII period as well as popular modern titles and foreign works, they have almost 300,000 pieces in their collection. One of their showcases is a ''Manga Wall'' with 50,000 volumes of manga arrayed on bookcases that visitors can freely read. The spacious building is the former Tatsuike Elementary School and people can be found everywhere inside or outside on the lawn reading manga. This is a popular location for foreign tourists and couples.

    I absolutely loved this place! I thought it would be more of a library but it was a good balance between library and museum. There were a lot of carefully curated exhibits that were very interesting...

  • Maruyama Park
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Maruyamachou
    Established in 1886, Maruyama Park is the oldest park in Kyoto City and is a nationally designated Place of Scenic Beauty. A strolling garden built around a central pond created by the famed Ogawa Jihei VII, the graceful design makes use of natural hills. The garden vicinity is dotted with buildings such as a traditional Japanese ryotei restaurant, tea house, and the Maruyama Park Concert Hall as well as numerous other points of note, including Basho’s Hermitage and bronze statues of Sakamoto Ryoma and Nakaoka Shintaro. Also famous for its “Gion weeping cherry trees,” the beauty of the park’s cherries illuminated at night have become a must-see symbol of Kyoto. Gion-Shijo Station is the closest station to the park.
  • Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
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    32 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Otsumi-gun Oyamazaki Town 5-3
    Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art is located in the town of Oyamazaki, Otokuni County, Kyoto Prefecture. Industrialist Shotaro Kaga designed and built the original building, Oyamazaki Villa, which was later remodeled and converted to a museum. It holds exhibits and displays collections of artists associated with the folk art movement. Located on the slopes of Mount Tennozan, it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the confluence of three rivers: the Kizu River, the Uji River, and the Katsura River.

    The cafe is located on the second floor of the very fine museum. The menu is very small, limited to cakes, coffee, and juices, but everything was tasty. The view from the outside terrace is a...

  • Momo Terrace
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Momoyamachouyamanoshita 32
    Momo Terrace is a large shopping mall opened in February 2015 in the Fushimi-Momoyama area. In keeping with the name of the region, a peach (momo) tree is planted at the edge of the plaza at the main entrance. The food court inside has a children's area and a nearby party room, making it easy for parents to gather with their friends. Furthermore, a free smartphone app called NEARLY lets you access useful information about each shop in Momo Terrace.
  • Kyoto BAL
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Kawaramachi-dori Sanjo Shimuru Yamazaki-cho 251
    This building of fashion that opened in 1970 is located on Kawaramachi-dori Street in Kyoto’s shopping district and reopened in 2015 after being remodeled. The luxurious space has broad aisles so visitors with a large amount of luggage can shop with ease. Not only are there fashion-related stores, interior furnishings, books, miscellaneous goods, cosmetics and a café, a cluster of top brands, including some which have opened their first stores in Japan or first stores in the Kansai region here. Day after day it is visited by many shoppers which have made it a place that starts many of Kyoto’s fashion trends. The closest station is Kawaramachi Station.
  • Miyama Town Nature Cultural Village
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    11 Reviews
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    Kyoto Nantanshi Miyamachounaka Downward 56
    This is a large green space along the clear Yuragawa River in Miyamacho, Nantan City, Kyoto Prefecture. There are facilities including promenades, old houses with thatched roofs and sunken fireplaces, a baseball ground and a car camping site. In the lodging facility Kajikaso there is a day trip bathing facility to clean off the day’s grime while looking out over the river, and a joint restaurant serving Kyoto free pedigree chicken, deer meat and sweetfish in cuisine using local seasonal produce. There are plenty of spots where families can enjoy casual nature walks and camping.

    茅葺き集落から車ですぐのところにあります。ランチオープン前に着きました。秋の行楽シーズンだからか、予約で満席なので予約以外の方は順次、ということでしたが、団体さんを通したあと、案内して頂けました。鹿すき焼き丼を頂きました。汁だく、味は少し濃いめで私の好みに合いました。到着時間が分かっているなら、行楽シーズンは予約がベターなのかもしれません。

  • Kotohiki Beach (Kakezu Beach Resort)
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    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Aminochoukakedu
    A designated National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument, this beach offers “singing sands” which make a pleasant squeaking noise when stepped on. The beach’s waters are extremely clear. Walk along its 1.8 kilometer length and you will find some portions make a sound like a drum. “Singing sands” are a sign that a beach is extremely clean and as the ashes from cigarettes disrupts this effect, no smoking is permitted on the beach. A free open-air bath where you can warm yourself in between swims is located in the middle of the beach.
  • Museum of Kyoto
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Sanjoutakakura
    This museum introduces the history and traditions of Kyoto via a variety of means, providing visitors with a comprehensive understanding of Kyoto culture. The permanent exhibit presents the history of Kyoto from the Heian period to the Showa period via three zones, with a focus on fascinating actual Kyoto artifacts such as cultural properties and costumes used in the Gion Festival. The multiple special exhibits held each year are also popular with visitors. The museum’s theater presents masterworks of film relating to Kyoto. The red brick Annex building, an Important Cultural Property constructed in 1906, was originally the Kyoto branch office of the Bank of Japan. The museum’s Roji Tempo area recreates an Edo period street lined with Kyoto merchants’ homes, and here visitors can enjoy dining and shopping at numerous restaurants and shops. Karasuma Oike Station is the closest station to the museum.

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Its wooden tea houses, shuffling geisha, and spiritual sights have seen Kyoto hailed as the heart of traditional Japan, a world apart from ultramodern Tokyo. Despite being the Japanese capital for over a century, Kyoto escaped destruction during World War II, leaving behind a fascinating history which can be felt at every turn, from the fully gold-plated Kinkakuji Temple down to traditional customs such as geisha performances and tea ceremonies, which are still practiced to this day.

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