Most Beautiful Shrines & Temples In Kyoto

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.

15 Most Beautiful Shrines & Temples In Kyoto

1Jizoin 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.

2Rurikoin 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!

3Shoju-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.

4Giouji 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.

5Eikando Zenrin-ji

Beautiful Garyu-ro Hallway Enveloped In Fresh Verdure

Although Eikando could be very crowded with many tourists in the season of autumn leaves, you can see around calmly now in the fresh greens for there're fewer visitors. In the precinct of Eikando, you must see the beautifully curved Garyu-ro (Hallway Of Lying Dragon: named after its ceiling which is similar to a dragon's back).

6Fushimi 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.

7Toji Temple

Must Visit Tourist Spot In Kyoto! Five Storied Pagoda And Kondo Hall Wrapped With Fresh Greens

As for Toji Temple, the scenes of spring and autumn are famous, but I like this early summer scenery with fresh greens. You can enjoy seeing the beautiful garden in this season more leisurely than the peak season, for there're fewer people. What's more, you can see the sunset with fresh greens just before the closing time.

8Enko-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.

9Nanzen-ji Temple

Nanzen-ji Temple's Suirokaku Renowned As A Photogenic Spot

Nanzen-ji Temple's Suirokaku (waterway architect) is a huge arch structure. It has become renowned recently as a photogenic spot, and many people visit here. I think it's better for you to visit during morning!

10Kifune Shrine

The Shrine Steps Enveloped In Fresh Greens

Kifune Shrine changes its appearance in each season. From spring to summer, you can see the lively scenery of fresh green.

11Kiyomizu-dera 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.

12Yasaka Koshin-do Temple

The Colorful World Of Lucky Charm Balls

I wrote my wish on a colorful ball at Yasaka Koshin-do Temple in Kyoto. It's a nice place my heart leaps up just looking at them. Your Instagram must be able to get many likes!

13Kinkakuji 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.

14Kawai Shrine

Kawai Shrine With Lovely Makeup Ema

At Kawai Shrine, you can make up ema (votive picture tablet to write your wish) by your own cosmetics. They sell a beverage named 'Bijin Sui (Beauty Water)', it's nice place for people like beauty treatments. You can enjoy this lovely shrine even just looking around.

15Tanshu Kannon-ji (Tamba Hydrangea Temple)

100 Kinds And 10 Thousand Hydrangeas Like A Flower Paradise

Tanshu Kannonji is a first temple of 25 flower temples in Kansai Region. It's known as a hydrangea temple, and the colorful flowers are impressively beautiful. I was happy to see the heart shaped clouds looked on this day♡

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