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  • Kyoto Tower
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    Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku Karasuma through seven under article le Higashishiokoji-cho 721-1
    A 131-meter-tall tower located in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. Visitors can gaze out over a 360-degree panorama of the streets of the ancient capital of Kyoto from the observation deck 100 meters above the ground. “Tawawa-chan Shrine,” the tower’s cute shrine-cum-mascot, can also be found in the observation deck. The building at the tower’s base contains a hotel, café, restaurants, and sky lounge. There’s also a day trip bath house which opens at 7 am and which is popular with travelers arriving via the night bus. (Note: Due to remodeling, the shops on the first floor are scheduled to be closed until spring 2017.)
  • The funaya of Ine
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    Kyoto Prefecture Yosa-gun Ine-cho
    In the town of Ine-cho on the eastern tip of the Tango Peninsula, a boat garage is called a “Funaya.” These homes that lie in between the road and the sea have a unique construction where the first floor is where the residents prepare for fishing and store their tools, while the second floor is used as a living room and bedroom, etc. The sight of the some 230 funaya lying in a row is unusual even in Japan, and the area has been designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.
  • Gojo-zaka
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu · Gojo Bridge east
    Gojo-zaka is renowned as the birthplace of Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, one of Kyoto's hallmark traditional industries, in league with Nishijin Textile and the Kyo-yuzen dyeing technique. Gojo-zaka refers to the area from Yamato-oji Street to Kiyomizu-zaka Slope. In summer the Kyoto Gojo-zaka Pottery Festival is a sign of the season. Featuring over 400 pottery dealers, it's always bustling with visitors during that period.
  • Kyoga Misaki Lighthouse
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    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Tangochousodeshi
    A chalk lighthouse standing on Cape Kyogamisaki, the northernmost point of the Kinki region. The lighthouse is one of only six in the country to use a first class lens and has been selected as one of Japan’s three best lighthouses. The lighthouse was erected here on a cliff 140 meters above the sea in 1898. Famous for its scenic beauty, visitors can get a sweeping view of a rias coastline comprised of the deep azure of the Sea of Japan and countless curious-looking stones interwoven with pillars of basalt. The area is also a rich natural habitat where falcons are confirmed to live.
  • Philosopher's Walk
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Sakyo Ward
    A 1.5 kilometer promenade following the Lake Biwa Canal leading from Nyakuoji shrine to Ginkakuji Temple. The path gained its name from philosophers such as Kitaro Nishida and Hajime Tanabe walking it lost in thought. In spring, it becomes a veritable tunnel of cherry blossoms and visitors can enjoy the elegant sight of the fallen petals floating on the surface of the waterway. In June, fireflies flit about in the night air, creating a magical scene.
  • Garden Museum Hiei
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shugakuinshakuragatanishimegadake 4 (Mount Hiei)
    A garden and museum located at the summit of Mt. Hiei. Visitors can enjoy looking at ceramic tiles imprinted with images created by French Impressionist painters like Monet, Van Gogh, and Renoir as well as a garden themed after the same comprised of some 1,500 varieties and 10,0000 individual examples of flowering plants. The location also offers a panoramic view of Lake Biwa, Osaka Bay, and the city of Kyoto. There is also a café and shop on the garden grounds; the shop sells museum goods, gardening items, French knickknacks, and herbal aroma products.

    This is hands down one of the best garden museums that I've been to. All of the paintings were carefully presented and set in a very artistic manner. Even when Kyoto is known for its terrible heat...

  • Nene no Michi
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Shimokawarachou
    An elegant stone paved path to the west of the Kodai-ji Zen Temple running between the Kodai-ji and the Entoku-in Temple. The path gets its name from Nene, wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who spent her final 19 years here. The path is lined with several temples, fashionable shops, and restaurants, and visitors can enjoy Kyoto sightseeing and shopping here.
  • Nishi Hanami-koji
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Higashiyama Ward
    This side street of Gion town is lined with machiya townhouses and is rich with old Kyoto charm. This is recommended as a great walking spot to enjoy a street with a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Kiyamachi Street
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    Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture Nakagyo-ku
    This is a street that continues along along the Takasegawa River from Nijo-dori Street to Shichijo-dori Street. Constructed and developed by Suminokura Ryoi along with the digging of the Takasegawa River. There are traditional ryotei eateries, restaurants and cafes lined up along with stone monuments for the patriots who frequented here in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was also the setting for Mori Ogai’s novel “Takasebune.”
  • Kiyomizuzaka
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Kiyomizu
    This is a one kilometer road leading up to Kiyozumi-dera Temple. From the point where it merges with Gojozaka, one can begin to see the bustle of people along with rows of souvenir shops and restaurants. It is also a street where one can see many visitors wearing kimonos and visitors coming from abroad. 
  • Arashiyama-Takao Parkway
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Ukyou-ku Umegahata Hinoki-cho 11
    Along this toll road connecting Kyoto’s Arashiyama and Takao, motorists can enjoy the picturesque Rakusai scenery while stopping at the variety of leisure spots along the way. There is a mountain viewing platform from which one can look out over Kyoto City and the Hozugawa River, flower parks and dog run lawns, barbecue spots surrounded by nature, and a host of facilities that can be enjoyed by couples and families. Those who enjoy fishing will like the popular Arashiyama fishing area.


  • Gojo Ohashi Bridge
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Higashiyama-ku Sujakuchou - Nishigahara-machi, Shimogyo-ku
    This bridge crosses the Kamogawa River at Gojo-dori Street in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City. It's famous for being the place where the Heian period legend of theencounter between Ushiwakamaru and Benkei was said to have happened. Many tourists visit to see the stone statue of the encounter in a style where the protagonists are characterized like Kyoto dolls.
  • Goro Sky Tower
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    Kyoto Maidurushi Ueyasu 237
    Goro Sky Tower is located in one of Maizuru's best locations where you can relax and enjoy the lush natural scenery. With a 360-degree view of Maizuru Bay (Wakasa Bay Quasi-National Park) and its beautiful rias coastline, along with the Maizuru cityscape, it's well known as a spot for observing unkai (cloud seas) from October until February.
  • Uji Bridge
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    Kyoto Ujishi Uji
    This bridge is located in Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture. Built during the Asuka period, it is said to be Japan's oldest bridge, and is counted along with Shiga Prefecture's Seta no Karahashi Bridge and Yamazaki Bridge in the town of Oyamazaki in Otokuni District as one of the three oldest bridges in Japan. The current bridge was replaced in 1996, and is 155.4 meters in length and 25 meters wide. In addition, since it makes an appearance in the Tale of Genji, there is a statue of Murasaki Shikibu nearby.
  • Kabutoyama Observatory Deck
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    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Kumihamachou Mukoi
    This observation deck is on the summit of Mt. Kabuto in Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture. The viewpoint overlooks the Tango Peninsula with Kumihama Bay, the Sea of Japan, and the rural landscape unfolding below. You can drive to the observation deck, but since the road is rather narrow, we recommend walking up via the hiking trail.
  • Sanjo-ohashi Bridge
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Nakajimachou Ohashi Town Higashiyama ku
    This bridge is in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. It was the westernmost of the 53 stages of the Tokaido Highway, one of the Gokaido, or five main roads during the Edo period. Today the bridge is made of concrete and consists of two traffic lanes and a sidewalk. Beside the bridge there are statues of Yajirobei and Kitahachi, the main characters from Tokaidochu Hizakurige (Sahnk's Mare). There's also an ekiden monument marking the spot that was the start of Japan's first ekiden relay walking race.
  • Shijo-ohashi Bridge
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Kashiwayachou Saito-machi, Shimogyo-ku, Kawabata-cho, Higashiyama Ward
    This bridge runs between Nakagyo Ward and Shimogyo Ward in Kyoto City. Since it connects two parts of downtown Kyoto, it gets a lot of traffic. Originally built in 1142, it was constructed in its current steel girder form in 1942. Eastbound there are three lanes including a right-turn lane, and westbound there are two lanes. The sidewalk is wider than those of other nearby roads.
  • Kozuya Bridge (Nagare Bridge)
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    Kyoto Yawatashi Kouduya Miyamaekawabata
    Spanning the Kiso River at approximately 356.5 meters, this wooden bridge is deemed one of the longest in Japan. Ingeniously constructed so that the baseboards float during high water season to lessen resistance, the bridge also gained the name Nagare Bridge. Because of the scenic river views on and around the bridge, this bridge is popular with tourists, photographers, and is used as the setting for drama and samurai television shows.
  • Shosei-en Garden
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, Shima-nakaya-cho Toyonokono cho, Toyotami-cho
    This garden is located in Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto. An enclave of Higashi Honganji Temple, known as Ohigashi-san, it was designed by Ishikawa Jozan. You can enjoy the scenery of the four seasons, with irises and water lilies in the summer, and the changing color of leaves in the autumn. Because karatachi (Japanese bitter-orange) trees are planted around it, the garden is also known as Kikoku-tei (house of karatachi).

    Kyoto, despite the best efforts of the city leaders to disfigure it, remains one of Japan's treasures. Unfortunately the top 10, gotta see places on the tour bus list are awash with tourists...

  • Shuzan Kaido Road
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    Kyoto Fu Nantan City Zuyama Highway
    Shuzan Kaido is a road that passes through Kyoto's Ukyo Ward and through the mountains to the city of Obama in Fukui Prefecture. It is famous for being one of the many roads built from the former Wakasa Province to Kyoto for transporting fish and other seafood, and it was nicknamed the Mackerel Road. The availability of roadside stations and campgrounds along the road makes it a popular, heavily traveled course for bicycle touring in the Kitayama Range.

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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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