Kyoto city is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture which is located in the Kansai Region of the Island of Honshu in Japan. Along with Osaka and Kobe, Kyoto is a part of the metropolitan region of Keihanshin metropolitan area.
While Tokyo city is advanced and is one of the most tourists visited cities in Japan, Kyoto, on the other hand, is quite laid back, it stays in its roots and is a cultural capital of Japan. It has many Buddhist Temples, Shinto Shrines which are part of UNESCO World Heritage Centers. Kyoto is also known for its higher education where Kyoto University is a renown university.
You can visit Kyoto to explore the cultural capital of Japan and visit the beautiful Buddhist temples and shrines.
- Kinkaku-Ji Temple: Previously known as Rokun-Ji temple, Kinkaku-Ji is one of the must-visit places in Kyoto once you land here. This is a popular place with Zen Buddhists and this is the place where Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu spent his last years before passing down the powers to his son Ashikaga Yoshimochi. It is beautifully designed where the top two floors sit on a Golden Leaf and there is a Golden Pavilion. The 3 floors of Kinkaku-Ji temple has varied architecture styles where visitors can notice when they enter the temple and its premises
The surroundings of the temple have a massive pond which makes this temple a scenic where it forms a mirror image on the water from the pond.
- Kiyomizu Temple: Kiyomizu Temple sits on Otawa Mountain where the surroundings of the temple are amazing with its natural beauty. You can be able to view the panoramic of the scenic surrounds from the stage which is located 40 feet above the hillside. When visited during cherry blossom season, this place will be a perfect photographic location. There is a waterfall located here which is divided into 3 streams which bring longevity/success/love.
There is a Jishu Shrine located in the temple complex, also there is a red-lacquered temple dedicated to Okuninushi-no-mikoto, the Shinto god of love
- Ryonaji Temple: Best known for its stunning rock garden, Ryonaji Temple is designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a popular place to visit due to its Zen Rock Gardens. The temple was built in the late 1450s with surrounding rock gardens which is said to be around 1500s. You can view the rocks, explore the temple grounds, the pond which is said to be over 1000 years old and on top of this is a designated place when you visit Golden pavilion temple as these two are situated at a lesser distance.
- Fushimi Inari Taisha: Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most visited temples in Kyoto which is situated on the hillside of the south of Kyoto. This is a 1300-year-old temple that is dedicated to Inari, Shinto deity of rice. The star of the temple is that its torii gates which is around two and a half miles of Mount Inari. These are of orange coloured and has names of all the Shinto devotees who have donated them.
- Gion: Gion is the home of Geisha’s who are popular in Japanese culture. It is a popular Geisha district where everything is maintained by the government who do not want it to be culturally disturbed. Visit the district to know more about geisha.
- Iwatayama: Hike on top of Mount Arashiyama which is treacherous and is known for its famous Japanese Macaques. These are aggressive creatures hence the humans are kept in a cage during their feeding periods.