Sagano Romantic Train
Fun open-air train ride along the mountainous and picturesque Katsura river. Often paired with a boat ride back down the river.
Bamboo Path, Arashiyama
Picturesque and peaceful path in Arashiyama.
Temple with large and excellent Zen garden.
Shinto shrine where princesses were trained for service at the Ise shrine
Large Shinto shrine complex.
Large temple complex with an former Imperial palace complex. The temple complex is free, but the palace with its covered walkways is definitely worth seeing.
Temple famous for its rock garden.
Known as the Golden Pavilion in English, this striking summer house has beautiful views and a pleasant garden.
Temple complex in northern Kyoto.
Shinto shrine in northern Kyoto
“Upriver Shrine”, important to Kyoto religious practice
“Downriver Shrine,” important to Kyoto religious practice
Sandal Wood Hostel
Hostel in NW/Central Kyoto. Modern, with very friendly owners, and feels more like a home stay than a hostel.
Gojo Guest House
Traditional Japanese style hostel very near to Kiyomizudera
Shrine to the Emperor Kammu (737 - 806) built in 1895 on the 1,100th anniversary of the founding of the Heian capitol of Kyoto
Known as the Silver Pavilion, it was under construction in May 2009
Large temple complex with a Meiji-period aqueduct and a three-gate Mon that you can climb up.
Functioning Buddhist temple with large bell.
Shinto shrine at the edge of the Gion district
Park near the Yasaka Shrine
Buddhist temple with famous platform overlooking Kyoto
Temple to Kannon, featuring 1000 statues of Kannon and 28 statues of guardian deities
Shinto shrine to god of fertility, agriculture, and success
Famous temple in Uji featured on the back of the 10 yen coin
Temple built in the style of Nara’s Todaiji and Kofukuji
Emperor’s Palace in Nara
The remains of the emperor’s palace in Nara. It is a quiet field, with a replica of the main gate.
Temple in central Nara
Temple in Nara with a huge statue of Buddha. The temple is the largest wooden building in the world, and the temple was originally so powerful that the capital was moved from Nara to Kyoto in response.
Small shrine near Todaiji
Shrine on the western edge of Nara Park with hundreds of stone lanterns
The largest and best-preserved of Japan’s castles. A must see.
Garden near Himeji Casle
Garden complex with 12 sub-gardens, each in a different style
A replica of Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s impressive castle that burned down in 1665. The moat is still original (and also very impressive).