Most Beautiful Shrines & Temples In Kyoto Prefecture

Most beautiful Shinto shrines and temples in Kyoto [京都], Japan's proud tourist city. Fascinated by the architectural skills, senses of beauty and solemn worldviews, many tourists visit the city. Then, we selected top shrines and temples from among the City's Pride by travelers who actually visited there.

25 Most Beautiful Shrines & Temples In Kyoto Prefecture

Jizoin Temple

Greenery Of 600 Years History And 'Bamboo Temple' Jizo-in.

Jizo-in at Matsuo in Kyoto is called 'bamboo temple' and the precinct is tinged with green from now till summer. And a Japanese style Karesansui flat garden is worth seeing, which is a registered scenic spot in Kyoto.

Gioji Temple

A Convent Where 'A Tragedy Heroine' Gio Moved In

Gio-ji Temple is in Arashiyama, Kyoto. A dancer Gio lost a Taira-no-Kiyomori's favor and was turned out from Kyoto. She spent the rest of her life as a nun in this convent.

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine

Best Season Has Just Started! Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine's Green Japanese Maple

Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine 'Momiji Garden' is well known as a beautiful place of scarlet maple leaves. There're about 350 trees of around 400 years old and the new green sceneries make people feel quiet and refreshed in May.

Toji Temple

Excellent With A Fivefold Pagoda! A Illuminated Weeping Cherry Blossom Tree

You can go to Toji Temple from the Kyoto station on foot. The fivefold pagoda is highest in Japan and a popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto. Moreover, you can see a Shidare Zakura, a weeping cherry tree in spring. Illuminated cherry blossoms at night are very fantastic.

Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

The Sanctuary Tunnel 'Senbon Torii' Made of Thousands of Shrine Gates

The Shrine Gates Tunnel is mystic and seems a road to another world. The sightseeing spot is one of the most popular ones in Japan among foreign tourists.

Kiyomizu Temple

A Blue Light Going Through The Sky

Kiyomizu Temple, an unmissable spot for sightseeing in Kyoto. During the special honor of visiting held three times in a year, the blue light goes through the sky in Kyoto. This light, they says, expresses the mercy of Kwannon.

Kinkakuji Temple

Kinkaku Reflected On The Surface

The gold shining appearance of Rokuonnji Shariden 'Kinkaku' is loved by many people. Likewise, the reflected on the water surface is full of attractiveness.

Ginkakuji Temple

A Silver Sand Like Waving in the Beautiful Japanese Garden

Different from Kanauji Temple, Ginkakuji has understated but powerful atmosphere. Ginsyadan is sketched the surf scenery, the sand hill is called Mukougetu-dai. They make me feel the aesthetic sense of Higashiyama Culture(around 1483).

Tenryu Temple

Japan's First Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty 'Sogen-chi Garden'

Tenryuji-temple is famous for the beautiful Japanese garden. This garden is Japan's First Historic Site and Special Place of Scenic Beauty. And I always feel Japanese elegance from the garden with a pond in the center and Arashiyama in the background.

Byodoin

A Phoenix Hall, A World Heritage Floating On The Lake

A palace built in a small island on the lake. A unique world heritage of gorgeous building that symbolize Fujiwara Sekkan Era. You should see the shrine once that is famous for Japanese coin of 10 yen. Moreover it became brighter after the repair.

Heian Jingu Shrine

A Noble Vermilion Lacquered Shrine Built In Memory Of 1100 Years Since The Transfer To Heian

It's a relatively new shrine built in 1895, but became completely established as a symbol of Kyoto, and many people visit here. When you enter the large precinct, you may feel refreshed and purified.

Kurumazaki Shrine

Early & Late Blooming Cherries! Various Kinds At A Former 'Cherry Blossom Shrine'

At the precinct called 'Cherry Blossom Shrine' since Heian period (in around 800), you can enjoy various cherry blossoms, such as early Kawazu-zakura and late Nioi-zakura, for as long as one month. There're many picturesque places that has beautiful contrast with blue sky and shrine's vermilion colors, though it's a small shrine.

Daigoji Temple

Cherry Blossoms At Daigo Temple, Well Known As Taiko Hideyoshi's Cherry Blossom Viewing At Daigo

A famous spot for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto. A festival 'Ho-taiko cherry blossom viewing parade' is held every year on the second Sunday in April. You shouldn't miss Sanboin's beautiful circuit style garden designed by Hideyoshi himself. Ho-taiko is an another name of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Matsunoo Taisha Shrine

Vivid Gold Colors A Shrine. A Famous Place Of Japanese Rose

Matsuo Taisha, where about 3000 trees of Japanese rose (yamabuki) blooms, is popular as the best place in Kansai region. Vivid gold flowers looks beautiful with fresh greens and blue sky, and have fascinating smells. You can enjoy some different kinds of petal type, and also the white Japanese rose at a pay garden.

Shogunzuka Seiryu-den

A Glass Tea House & A Panoramic View Of Kyoto City

Not only the city view, a designer Tokujin Yoshioka's '光庵' (KOU-AN) Glass Tea House is exhibited for a limited time on the stage more than 4 times as large as that of famous Kiyomizu Temple. You must see it shining brightly in seven colors!

Seiryo-ji Temple (Saga Shaka-do)

Bust Into Flames To The Spring Night Sky! 'Otaimatsu' Of Saga Shaka-do, One Of The 3 Biggest Flame Festival In Kyoto

Otaimatsu' had originally divined the good or bad harvest of rice. 7 meters tall three torches come into flames and lighten the spring night sky. You can see it so close as to be showered with sparks!

Touji-in Temple

A Japanese Garden For Good Green Tea Time And Red & Green Foliage In The Beginning Of Winter

For 10 minutes on foot from Ryoan-ji Temple (famous for its stone garden), at Touji-in Temple, you can enjoy delicious green tea. At the time I sit on tatami floor and enjoy green tea in front of the garden, is nothing but a blissful moment.

Torin-in Temple

Feel Relaxed In The Gentle Lights! Sacred Candlelight Illuminations

In Kyoto, Torin-in of Myoshin-ji Temple holds 'a party for getting close to Bonto(Buddhist Lights)' every year in autumn. You can find autumn illumination events here and there in Kyoto, but why don't you relax with the gentle lights of this a little unusual party.

Chionin

Illuminated San-mon Gate And Yuzen-en Garden In Chion-in Shrine

Yuzen -en is composed by a garden drawing a spring from the mountain and a garden of Karesansui, which is called the most beautiful garden of Showa era. The garden looks deep green in the daytime, and becomes more moving at night illumination. Please check the schedule on HP.

Shoren-in Monzeki

Faint Lights Floating On A Japanese Garden! Blue Flickering Illumination

Shoren-in temple holds special night visits every spring and autumn. During the term, everywhere in the garden is illuminated. Beside Shinden, you can see the garden covered with flickering lights like fireflies.

Shouju-in Temple

A Photogenic Temple In Kyoto♡ Inome Window That Brings Good Fortune

Shoju-in Temple is now a topic of conversation. One of the reason is this Inome Window with attractive fresh greens. Inome means heart shape and brings good fortune, then it has been used since the ancient times! What is more, at the same drawing room, there're 160 beautiful painting on the ceiling to delight the visitors.

Enko-ji Temple

Enko-ji Temple's Frame Garden As A Piece Of Picture

Enko-ji Temple was a school for development of education by Ieyasu Tokugawa. A wonderful Japanese garden covered with moss, 'Jyu-gyu no niwa' is like a picture by the temple pillars on all sides. The rich nature gives us a moment of relief.

Nanzen-ji Suiro-kaku

Waterway Bridges In A Temple!? A Chain Of Retro & Beautiful Arches

Nanzen-ji Suiro-kaku is a part of Biwa Lake Canal to bring the water to Kyoto from Biwa Lake. The beautiful arched bridges built of bricks considered the temple scenery and were designed in Meiji Era. They bring the water now in active service.

Kyoto Ohara Sanzen-in Temple

A Mossy Garden Of Sanzen-in Temple With A Child Jizo Can Heal Our Mind

Sanzen-in Temple is located at Kyoto Ohara where has the beautiful nature in each season. Its garden is covered with moss and you can leave the daily life in front of the beautiful and comfortable scenery. A lovely Warabe Jizo (a stone image with child face) makes us feel at ease.

Ruriko-in Temple

Ruriko-in Temple's Breathtaking Reflection Designed By Japanese Maple Leaves

A famous place for maple leaves viewing, Ruriko-in Temple has terms of special visiting for a few months in spring and autumn. You can see the beautiful green leaves in spring, and colorful ones in autumn. The reflections on the floor and desk is so wonderful!


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