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Best things to do in Kyoto

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Point of Interest
“Nijo Castle (二条城) is world heritage. It was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603 as his Kyoto residence. In the grand chamber of this historic castle, the last shogun Yoshinobu announced “Taisei Hokan, or the return of government power to the emperor just before the Meiji Restoration in 1868. The Ninomaru Palace in the castle compound is famous for its floors that give a squeaky sound just like a nightingale’s song. The palace is also well-known for its strolling-style garden with a pond containing three miniature “islands.””
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Buddhist Temple
“The stage of Shimizu" where you can see the whole city is so popular that many worshipers visit”
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Buddhist Temple
“Golden Temple. This is a famous symbol of Kyoto. You must see the beauty of the Golden temple. Here is a tip. I would like you to compare with the ​Silver Temple. Which temple do you like the most? ”
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Shrine
“Let's walk while stepping on step by step the mysterious 150m surrounded by amber light.”
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Palace
“The Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所, Kyōto Gosho) used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868, when the emperor and capital were moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. It is located in the spacious Kyoto Imperial Park (京都御苑, Kyōto Gyoen), an attractive park in the center of the city that also encompasses the Sento Imperial Palace and a few other attractions.”
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Shrine
“Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社, Yasaka Jinja), also known as Gion Shrine, is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Founded over 1350 years ago, the shrine is located between the popular Gion District and Higashiyama District, and is often visited by tourists walking between the two districts. The shrine's main hall combines the honden (inner sanctuary) and haiden (offering hall) into a single building. In front of it stands a dance stage with hundreds of lanterns that get lit in the evenings. Each lantern bears the name of a local business in return for a donation. Yasaka Shrine is well known for its summer festival, the Gion Matsuri, which is celebrated every July. Arguably the most famous festival in the whole country, the Gion Matsuri dates back over a thousand years and involves a procession with massive floats and hundreds of participants. The shrine also becomes busy during the cherry blossom season around early April, as the adjacent Maruyama Park is one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Kyoto.”
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Art Museum
“You can know the history of various manga in Japan. We are busy with foreigners. There is also an open space, so the children are very happy!”
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Souvenir Shop
“This is a very famous aquarium in this area. The grass as I look up, we can see so many kinds of fish. These makes not only your eyes but also your mind so happy. ”
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Market
“Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba) is a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi. Nishiki Market has a pleasant but busy atmosphere that is inviting to those who want to explore the variety of culinary delights that Kyoto is famous for. The stores found throughout the market range in size from small narrow stalls to larger two story shops. Most specialize in a particular type of food, and almost everything sold at the market is locally produced and procured.”
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Buddhist Temple
“The name of this temple is "Gin"kakuji. But this temple doesn't use silver. the beautiful Japanese temple. You will be healed because they are calm appearance.”
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Shrine
“Fushimi Inari(伏見稲荷大社)" Shrine is a popular spot for foreign tourists.The scenery that countless torii lined is magnificent.”
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Buddhist Temple
“Toji (Koh Gokoku-ji), famous for its five-storied pagoda (National Treasure), is a public temple (a national temple) that was erected along with the transfer of Heian.”
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Shrine
“You will see a so huge gate and beautiful shrine. This shrine is very famous. Around this shrine, there are some places we recommend like an art museum or a zoo.”
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Buddhist Temple
“At this place, you can see thousand statues of Buddha. They are so great. You will feel something mysterious there. Sanjusangendo is close to Kyoto National Museum, so you should go both.”
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Museum
“This museum is most famous in Kyoto. You can enjoy popular exhibitions. This is next to Sanjusangendo, so I recommend you to visit both. ”
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Shrine
“You can enjoy a Japanese flea market in Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine 25th every month. There are many antique Japanese items. ”
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