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  • Nijojo Castle
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    Kyoto City Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Nijyotoru Horikawa Western Nishi Nijo Castle Town 541
    This fortification was built in 1603 to lodge Tokugawa Ieyasu when he travelled to the capital after his victory at the Battle of Sekigahara. Later, the site was significantly renovated by the third shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, resulting in its present form. In addition to the entire grounds being a nationally designated Historic Site, the site is dotted with numerous historically valuable structures and beautiful sights, including the Ninomaru Palace, the outer citadel palace (a National Treasure), Honmaru Palace, the inner citadel palace (an Important Cultural Property), and Ninomaru Garden, the outer citadel palace garden (a Special Place of Scenic Beauty).
  • Shogunzuka Seiryu-den Temple
    154 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Yamashina-ku Zushiokukachouchou 28
    When Emperor Kanmu embarked on the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo, he buried a 2.5-meter tall clay statue of a shogun to protect the capital in a mound and prayed for the capital’s security, which is the origin of the name Shogunzuka. The okutono of the Daigomado’s Seiryuden which was built in 2014 enshrines the National Treasure Aofudo, and in front of this is an elaborate reproduction which has been created for worship. On the premises is a large observatory made of wood that is 4.6 times the size of Kiyomizudera Temple’s platform which allows visitors to enjoy a large panoramic view of Kyoto’s cityscape.

    Went early morning, and it was amazing! Nobody was there, and I could enjoy a silent view of the city. But what amazed me was being the only one sitting in front of the VERY beautiful painting of Ao...

  • Teradaya
    193 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Fushimi-ku Minamihamachou 263
    This is an inn where Shimazu Hisamitsu tried to purge the Satsuma shishi, who were advocates in the Satsuma clan of the return to imperial rule, during the latter years of the Edo period (the Teradaya Incident). It was learned that the hero of Tosa, Sakamoto Ryoma, visited this inn regularly, and Teradaya became the scene of a plot to assassinate Ryoma, who just barely managed to escape thanks to the quick-wittedness of his lover, Oryo. Although the building was destroyed by fire during the battle of Toba-Fushimi, it was reconstructed after that and is a facility that offers accommodation as well.

    Toba-Fushimi Battle was the end of a series of epoch-making struggles in Kyoto. The struggles had started with Terada-ya Inn incident. Terada-ya was a port-town inn along Goh-kawa Canal in Fushimi...

  • Ruins of Tango Kokubunji Temple
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    Kyoto Miyazu-shi
    The historic site of the Tango Kokubunji Temple, one of the many Kokubunji Temples throughout Japan. The remains of the main temple structure, tower, and cornerstones reconstructed during the Nanboku-cho Period still remain and the site has been designated a National Historical Site.
  • Study of Rai Sanyo Sanshisuimeisho
    3 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Kamigyo-ku
    This study and tearoom is said to be where the late Edo Period Confucian scholar Rai Sanyo spent his later years. The open and well-lit room features an excellent view of Kyoto's eastern mountains. You would be hard-pressed to find a finer example of a mountain retreat in the city. Please note that tours require applying in advance.


  • Sakamoto Ryoma & Nakaoka Shintaro Statue
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Maruyamacho
    This is a statue of Sakamoto Ryoma & Nakaoka Shintaro, two great figures of the Bakumatsu period, inside Maruyama park.
  • Rajomon Gate Ruins
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    Kyoto Kyoto-shi Minami-ku Karahashirajomoncho
    "This is the ruin of Rajomon gate, built in 794 when the transfer of the capital to Heian-kyo, at the southern end of Suzaku-oji Avenue. It is now a children's playground with a stele of ""Rajomon Ruins."" This gate was the setting of Ryunosuke Akutagawa's novel Rashomon."
  • Warai Botoke (Laughing Buddha)
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    Kyoto Kizugawa-shi Kamocho Iwafune
    The Tono area of eastern Kizugawa city has a large number of stone Buddhas and towers. One of those is a gently smiling statue of the Amitabha triad.
  • Three Stone Buddhas in the Woods
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    Kyoto Kizugawa-shi Kamocho Higashi Omura
    This stone statue of the Magaibutsu was carved in 1262 by Tachibana Yasunawa, and along with the Kubikirijizo (Higashio Amitabha Sekiganbutsu) is the oldest in Tono. The center of the boulder features the Jizobosatsu, with Amitabha Nyorai on the left, and the 11-faced Kannon on the right, creating a very unusual stone-buddha triptych. Legend says this was the honzon (principal object of worship) of the old Jodo-in sub-temple.
  • Shinsengumi Mibu Tonjo Kyuseki Yagi Family
    54 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Mibunaginomiyachou 24
    This is the old residence of the Yagi family in Mibu village. The residence was the Mibu Tonsho or headquarters of the Shinsengumi shogunate police and the place of origin of this force. It was the place of the Serizawa Kamo assassination and even today the sign of a sword cut remains in the lintel. It is possible to see inside the building. One can also enjoy matcha and Tonsho mochi rice cakes.

    For anyone who is a fan of the stories that abound around the Shinsengumi, that militia that terrorised Kyoto during the Bakamutsu period at the end of the Edo era, this place is a must see. Its...

  • Okochi Sanso Gardens
    16 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Sagaogurayama Tabuchi Yamachi 8
    This is a garden made by early Showa period film actor Okochi Denjiro, which took 30 years to finish. It is at the foot of Mt. Ogura facing the Katsuragawa River, showing the beauty of the passing seasons from spring’s cherry blossoms to autumn’s maple leaves. Here one can enjoy views of Mt. Arashiyama, Mt. Hiei and Mt. Daimonji.

    1000 yens for 10 minutes walk following a chain of people on narrow paths, waiting for them to take photos - really not fun. Even if there were no crowds, it still would be seriously overpriced for...

  • Ryozen-Kannon
    150 Reviews
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto-shi Higashiyama-ku Kodaiji Shimogawara-machi 526-2
    This kannon statue is located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. This kannon was erected in 1955 as a memorial to the victims of war after World War II. The eleven-faced kannon is enshrined beneath this kannon image. In addition to memorial and internment services, the temple hosts workshops to experience zazen, and hannya shingyo heart sutra transcription events.

    This is a hidden gem in Kyoto. The word hidden is a misnomer here because you wont miss the giant Buddha statue towering at the foot of the mountains. If youre visiting the Gion area, you wont...

  • Chodo-in Park
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    Kyoto Mukoushi Kaidechou Yamahata
    Chodo-in is a park built around historic ruins one minute's walk from Nishi Muko Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line in the city of Muko, Kyoto Prefecture. The information office provides visitors with an explanation of the ruins. An app called AR Nagaoka-no-Miya lets visitors see what the original building, modeled on the Tang Dynasty's Chang'an Palace, looked like. Since the building was used for governmental functions, like the present-day National Diet Building in Tokyo, it has been designated a National Historic Site.
  • Shusuitei
    29 Reviews
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    Kyoto garden 3 Kamigyo ku Kyoto prefecture 3
    This tearoom is located in Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto City. Reported to have been built in the late Edo period (1603-1868), two Japanese-style rooms are left, one 10 bamboo tatami mats in size and the other three large. You can gaze out on Kujo Pond and Takakura-bashi Bridge from the second floor. They also currently hold cultural events such as general admission days, tea parties, Noh song performances and historical societies.

    Very pretty pond and landscaping for views from all around. Did not get to see inside the tea room, the last remaining structure from the Kujo family, but I am sure the views of the pond are great...

  • Asahishosakusuekan
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji Yamada 11
  • nereid
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    Kyoto Maizuru-shi Hikitsuchi 263-10
  • Hosomi Workshop
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    Kyoto Kyotango-shi Kumihamacho Kanzaki 1423 no 1
  • Kyoto Mangekyo Museum Anekojikan
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    Nakagyo-ku Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture sister alley through Higashibora InhigashiIri Dongeinmae cho 706-3
  • Pottery Class Yu Workshop Kyoto Shijokawaramachi Class
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  • Kyoto tedukuritaikenkan kyomizuan
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Shiraitochou 569-10

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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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