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Historical Landmarks

Populated with Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, imperial palaces and wooden houses, Kyoto is a city brimming with landmarks. It tells the story of its past through its architecture and surviving traditions. Begin your journey with a visit to the following sites. 

Fushimi Inari Shrine

68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho 612-0882 Kyoto Japan

This Shinto shrine can be recognized by the thousands of vermilion torii gates leading to the top of Mount Inari.

Ginkaku-ji Temple

Higashiyama Jisho-ji 606-8402 Kyoto Japan

Ginkaku-ji was the retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who gained inspiration from his grandfather’s gilded residence, Kinkaku-ji.

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkakujicho 603-8361 Kyoto Japan

Known as the “Golden Pavilion,” this Zen Buddhist temple is nothing short of breathtaking.


294 Kiyomizu 1-chome 605-0862 Kyoto Japan

One of the more popular temples in Kyoto, the “Pure Water Temple” sits atop a mountain and boasts amazing views of the city.

Nanzen-ji Temple

Nanzenji Fukuchicho 606-8435 Kyoto Japan

Although destroyed by fire three times, the Buddhist temple still stands after it was rebuilt during the 16th century.

Nijo Castle

541 Nijo-jo-cho 604-8301 Kyoto Japan

A grand structure that serves as a reminder of the Tokugawa Shoguns that once held power.

Ryoan-ji Temple

13, Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho 616-8001 Kyoto Japan

The origins of the rock garden here are a complete mystery.

Sanjusangen-do Temple

657 Sanjusangendomawari 605-0941 Kyoto Japan

The name of this temple translates to "Hall with 33 spaces between the columns," and with a length of nearly 400 feet, it's the longest wooden building in the world.

Tenryu-ji Temple

68 Saga-tenryuji-susukinobaba-cho 616-8385 Kyoto Japan

A garden unlike any other in the world, its beauty comes from its surrounding landscape as well as what is contained within.