What to see in Kyoto, Japan

What to see in Kyoto, Japan

Used to be the capital of Japan during 1,000 years, Kyoto is covered by the glory of the past. Beside the collection admitted “the world Cultural Heritage" by the UNESCO, this imperial city is also proud of the unique cultural features, such as: Geisha town and distinctive cuisine.

Kyoto impresses tourists with not only ancient and sacred Japanese structure but also modern tendency in bars and coffee shops in town. Take a glance at the most famous destinations in Kyoto to make a plan for your next trip.

1. Kinkaku-ji Golden Temple


Tourists will have a chance to experience the quiet atmosphere

Kinkaku-ji Golden Temple is considered as the symbol of Kyoto. This temple has 3 stages, the 2 stages above are golden. Gold-leaf mirrors the light to the surrounding areas, which makes the temple become a splendid structure. In spite of the outside breathtaking beauty, this temple and surrounding areas bring tourists a special tranquil experience.

It opens from 9:00 am to 17:00 pm every day.

2. Ginkaku silver Temple


The pristine beauty of this temple will immerse visitors from start

Along with Kinkaku-ji golden temple, Ginkaku silver Temple is also known as the pride of Kyoto. Despite its name, this temple never has the existence of silver. Because of the lack of expense in Onin civil war, Ginkaku silver Temple was not covered silver foil as the initial plan. Therefore, it has kept the original color of wood.

It opens from 8:30 am to 17:00 pm everyday (from December to February: from 9:00 am to 16:30 pm)

3. Ryoan-ji Temple

Ryoan-ji Temple is located in the northwest of Kyoto. It used to belong to the Fujiwara family, and then it was owned by a branch in Hosokawa family. This is one of the refined Japanese Zen Temples. The most appealing point of this temple is the rock garden.


The rock garden is the most impressive corner there

No one knows who designed it, and no one can understand the 15 scattered stones meaning on rock gardens. Some scholars believe this is the reflection of a tiger collecting its kids across the stream. Other think this means an ocean along with small islands or sky with clouds.

This temple opens from 8:00 am to 17:00 pm everyday (from December to February: from 8:30 am to 16:30 pm)

4. Toei Kyoto Studio Park


You can observe the real film process in this place

Formally known as Eigamura, Toei Kyoto is a theme park where takes place filming activities. Visiting there, tourists will have chance to experience film process, even behind-scenes.

This park opens 9:00 am to 17:00 pm everyday (from December to February: from 9:00 am to 16:30 pm)

5. Gion Ancient Town


Gion is considered as the most popular Geisha zone in Japan

Gion Ancient Town is not the only traditional Geisha town in Japan; however, it is famous for the collection of streets, wooden houses, monopoly restaurants and tea ceremonies. Gion is considered as the most popular Geisha zone.

At night, thanks to dim lights of lanterns, the town shows the beauty of an ancient Kyoto. In July every year, Gion Matsuri is hold, which attracts a lot of tourists around the world.

6. Kyo-Ryori


Kyoto cuisine is the peak of complexity in formation and delicacy in tastes

Kyo-Ryori is the name of Kyoto cuisine. It is the peak of complexity in formation and delicacy in tastes. Kyo-Ryori dishes are made to impress the natural beauty and seasons in a year. The delicacy is created by the flexibility and rusticity.

Some well-known restaurants in Kyoto: Minokou restaurant which has opened for 100 years, Kinobu traditional restaurant.

7. Tea ceremony


This unique ritual expresses important cultural values of Japanese

Beside the unique cuisine, Tea ceremony is one of the most distinctive aspects in Japanese culture. According to Japanese, tea ceremony (chadou, sadou, chanoyu) is a form of enjoying tea for recreation in a quiet atmosphere which both host and guests tends to the mental relaxing and the natural merger. In Kyoto, you can visit En – a small tea house in Gion ancient town to experience tea ceremony.

8. Manga Kyoto Museum


Thousands of comic books are exhibited around the museum

It is not exaggerated to consider this museum as the heaven of Manga fan. This museum exhibits a tremendous collection of 300,000 comic books and relating items. Visitors are able to enjoy particular comic books on wooden shelves along the wall or in the lobby to read. There is a coffee shop outside the museum where tourists can taste coffee and read comic books.

Manga Kyoto Museum opens from 10:00 am to 18:00 pm every day (closes on Wednesday and new year)

9. Shijo-Dori Shopping center

Shijo-Dori is the Kyoto shopping center which spreads from Shijo station to Daimaru building. This shopping mall possesses 8 stages and mainly sells beauty products, jewels and clothes.


Various brands there will make tourists satisfied

In this area, you can find out the most exclusive brand such as Louis Vuitton, Armani, and Japanese traditional handicraft stores as well. Tourist can also buy souvenirs for relatives and friends at deluxe souvenir shop with a low price.

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