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  • Nijojo Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    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).
  • Nishi Hongan-ji Temple
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Horikawa Nagaya-machi Town Down
    The head temple of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji sect of Buddhism believed to have originally been built as the mausoleum of the priest Shinran Shonin in 1272. After repeated relocations including Osaka and Wakayama, the temple was moved to its current location in 1591 with a donation from Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1591. The Nishi Hongwanji Temple (officially Ryukokuzan Hongwanji Temple) is the site of numerous Azuchi-Momoyama period structures designated National Treasures, including the Goei-do hall, Amidado-hall, the Kitano Stage (Japan’s oldest Noh stage), and study. The study’s garden is a traditional dry landscape garden and is designated a Special Place of Scenic Beauty. In 1995, the entire grounds of the shrine were registered as part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” World Heritage listing.


  • Higashi Honganji Temple
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Shimogyo-ku Karasuma-dori Seven Rises
    Higashi Honganji Temple is the head temple of the Otani sect of Shinshu Buddhism. The “Goeido” housing an image of sect founder Shinran is said to be one of the world’s largest wooden buildings with dimensions north-south of 76 meters, east-west of 58 meters, and a height of 38 meters. It was occasionally devastated by fire, and the current building is a reconstruction from the Meiji period. The gate outside Goeido, “Goeidomon,” is one of Kyoto’s three large gates.
  • 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.)
  • Mibu-dera Temple
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Boujo Tousu Buddha Temple Northern entrance
    Located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, this is the head temple of Ritsu Buddhism. The temple was founded in the Heian period (794–1185) when Kaiken, a priest from the Onjo-ji Temple enshrined an image of Kshitigarbha here to memorialize his deceased mother. The temple continues to perform the Dainenbutsu farce said to have been created by Engaku, the priest who is said to have restored the temple in the Middle Ages. The temple also once served as a training ground for Shinsengumi, the Shogunate police and houses a bust of Kondo Isami, a former head of the police, as well as the graves of several members of the force.
  • Ryukoku University Ryukoku Museum
    32 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Honno-ji Temple
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    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Teramachi-dori Oimachiro Down Shimotsunagae-cho 522
    Located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, this is the head temple of Hokke Honmon Buddhism. The temple is famous as being the site where Oda Nobunaga was defeated by Akechi Mitsuhide. The temple was originally located at Horigawa Shijo, but was rebuilt at its current location by Toyotomi Hideyoshi after the Oda Nobunaga incident. A memorial tower stands on the grounds that is believed to have once housed Nobunaga’s longsword. In memory of the Nobunaga incident (June in 1582), the Nobunaga Festival is held each year at the temple on the first Saturday and Sunday of June.
  • Chohoji Temple (Rokkaku-do)
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    Nakagyo-ku Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Tsu Rokkaku Higashibora Council Nishiiri Donomae-cho
    An independent Tendai Buddhist temple said to be established by Prince Shotoku (574–622) located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City. The temple is commonly known as the Rokkaku-do (Hexagonal Hall) due to the hexagonal main temple building. The temple has numerous interesting highlights, including the site of a pond where Prince Shotoku is said to have purified himself, smiling figures of the 16 arhats, and the Rokkaku Willow, which is believed to provide luck with marriage. The Ikenobo family served for generations as the head priests of the temple, and the various contributions they made to Buddhist prayer flower arrangements make the temple the birthplace of the traditional art of flower arranging.
  • Kyoto International Manga Museum
    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...

  • Ichihime-jinja Shrine
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kawaramachigojou Below the First Level Nishijiru
    This was built in 795 by Fujiwara no Fuyutsugu under orders of Emperor Kammu. The enshrined deities are all goddesses, and as successive generations of empress believed in the shrine as a protector of women it is famous for helping with marriage, children and childbirth. The card-shaped charms are popular.
  • Museum of Kyoto
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.
  • Kyoto Railway Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Kankijichou
    A museum dedicated to railways located on the western side of Kyoto Station. The museum features some 31 thousand square meters of exhibition space, which was the largest in Japan when the facility first opened. The facility displays 53 trains which helped lead the modernization of Japan. The museum is full of other interesting sights and activities, as well, including a giant railroad diorama, a train which visitors can ride pulled by a real steam engine, and a train simulator which shows what it's like to drive a train. The museum also provides a variety of cultural activities such as guided tours and workshops conducted by JR West Japan employees. Walk 20 minutes west from the central entrance of JR Kyoto Station.
  • Nishiki Tenman-gu Shrine
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    Nakagyo-ku Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Shinkyogoku communication Nishikikoji
    A Shinto shrine located in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City dedicated to the Tenman-Tenjin (Sugawara no Michizane). The shrine is located on the eastern edge of Nishiki Market, considered the “Kitchen of Kyoto,” and attracts worshipers seeking to be blessed by the god of wisdom, scholarship, and business acumen, as well as good luck, warding from evil, and prevention of disaster. There is a mikuji (fortune slip) vending machine called Karakuri mikuji in front of the shrine office – insert a coin and select the type of fortune you would like to receive and the lion-dog statue in the machine will dance to kagura music until your slip is issued. The shrine’s ground span some 660 square meters and contain a spring called the Nishiki no Mizu whose waters remain a cool 18 degrees Celsius even in the middle of summer; many visitors come here just to taste these famous Kyoto waters.
  • Kyoto Tourist Information Center
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Karasumashiokouji Downer Kyoto Station Building 2F along the north and south free passage
    Located on the second floor of the Kyoto Station building, this information center is jointly operated by the city and prefecture of Kyoto. The facility provides tourist information, including sightseeing spots and lodging facilities throughout the prefecture, and also sells event tickets. In addition to English, the center also provides information in Chinese, and both North and South Korean dialects.
  • Sumiya Motenashi Cultural and Art Museum
    47 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Nishishinyashikiageyachou 32
    One often hears of geisha quarter “Shimabara” in Kyoto period dramas. Now it is Nishishinyashiki Ageya-cho, and what remains of that time is the Sumiya Motenashi Museum of Art and Culture. Sumiya was a high-class pleasure house built at the beginning of the establishment of Shimabara in 1641. The wide garden facing the tatami room has a tea house, and the place was used not only for parties but tea ceremonies and gathering of haiku poets too. In 1952 it was designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan as a place retaining the culture of feasts and hospitality.

    This place is a real find and usually off the beaten tourist track for non Japanese. To get the best its advisable to have the benefit of an interpreter. We hired a Japanese tour guide for the day as...

  • Kyoto Orthodox Church (Kyoto Cathedral of the Annunciation)
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Kyoto City Nakagyo-ku Yanagi Baba Tousu Nijo climb 6-283
    The Kyoto Eastern Orthodox Church is located in a quiet residential area coming out of Yanaginobanba-dori Street from Oike-dori Street. As the center for the propagation of the Greek Orthodox Church across western Japan it was completed in 1903 and as a genuine Russian / Byzantine construction church it is has been designated one of Kyoto’s Important Cultural Properties. The highlight is the cathedral’s iconostasis inlayed with 30 icons made in the era of the Russian Empire. However, to see it one must arrange in advance.


  • Takoyakushido (Eifukuji Temple)
    38 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nakagyou-ku Shinkyougokutakoyakushi East side town 503
    Takoyakushido is built facing Shinkyogoku-dori street. It attracts so many believers that it has become known as Takoyakushi-dori Street. It is famous as a spot to pray for recovery from illness.

    Not worth a special trip but pop in if you are passing by - the temple has lots of octopus motifs which is unusual.

  • Kungyokudo
    Kyoto prefecture Kyoto shi, Kamigyo-ku Horikawa dori Nishi Honganji temple
    This long-established store of incense near Nishi Honganji Temple is a 15 minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. The inside of the shop is large, and soft light creates a quiet atmosphere. The shop conveys one of Japan’s three largest forms of art, Kodo (traditional incense-smelling ceremony) to the present age. On the first floor of the store you can find gifts and items for the home, and on the second floor aroma bags and incense burners that can be enjoyed easily everyday are sold. Of course not only items for gifts but also able to be used for various purposes such as a room decoration and wearing. In Kungyokudo there is a fragrance seat facing the courtyard, and classes to experience incense smelling are held.
  • Kouenji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Shimogyou-ku Ayakoujiomiya Nishinari Shijo Omiya Machi 37
    A Pure Land Buddhist Temple founded in 1613 and branch temple of the Chion-in temple. The temple nave houses a figure of Amitabha. The temple was closely connected to the Shinsengumi, the shogunate police, and many people connected to the force are buried here. It is also the gravesite of many warriors, such as Yamanami Keisuke and Kawai Kisaburo.
  • 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.”

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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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