ViaHero · October 21, 2018
If you're visiting Kyoto and are worried that you won't have enough to do, think again! Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years, and the entire city, and its surrounding areas, are filled with historical buildings, monuments, and forests. Additionally, as the 7th most populated city in Japan, Kyoto is a modern marvel, and has some of the most cutting-edge technology in the entire country.
Visiting Kyoto gives travelers the chance to travel back through Japanese history. Although there are enough things to do in Kyoto to occupy even the most energetic traveler for months on end, most people don't have that much time.
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Temples and Shrines
As Kyoto was once the capital of Japan, there are thousands of temples and shrines scattered throughout the city. Here are some favorites for visitors:
This Buddhist temple in Higashiyama District of Kyoto is famous for its 1000 life-size statues of the Thousand Armed Kannon. Of these statues, over 100 of them date back to 1164, the year the temple was completed.
On the other end of the Philosopher's Path is Ginkaku-
One of the most famous temples is Kinkakuji, "The Golden Pavilion." This temple is famous for its serene setting, and the fact that its top two floors are covered in gold leaf. This temple is a favorite for travelers in Kyoto.
Perhaps the most famous temple is Kiyomizu-
Fushimi Inari shrine
One of the most famous shrines in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari sits at the base of a mountain, and is known for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which wind up mountainous trails behind the main buildings of the shrine.
This large market winds along five blocks, and is referred to as "Kyoto's Kitchen," because it specializes in food-related items. This is the perfect place to explore if you are eager to try local cuisine in Kyoto.
Show at Gion Corner Theater
You must see some form of performing art while in Kyoto, and the Corner Theater is the perfect place to do so. Shows from Kyo-
A modern marvel, Kyoto Station is the main rail station through Kyoto. The station is a beautiful piece of architecture and boasts tons of shopping as well.
Although there are plenty of sights to see in Kyoto, many visitors note that the highlight of their trip was just exploring the streets of the city. Here are some districts to be sure to visit in Kyoto.
Check out the famous bamboo forest, and the monkey forest.
One of the most preserved parts of Kyoto.
Visit at dusk for you best chance of seeing a geisha running to an appointment.
Has a ton of nightclubs, great for partying.
Eat ramen for breakfast.
Be sure to try green tea soft serve.
Many toilets are squat toilets.
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