Best Tourist Spots In Kyoto

Here're best Tourist Spots in Kyoto. We released a ranking of reviews about Tourist Spots posted by travelers and locals who have actually been to Kyoto.

Best Tourist Spots In Kyoto [1-10]

1Shoju-in Temple

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.

Shouju-in Temple is famous for heart-shaped Inome Window. What's more, Wind Bell Festival (Furin Matsuri) in only summer is lovely wherever you take pictures. The wind bells ring all at once with the winds blow, and they make us forget the summer heat. ◎Reservation is required since 2018. Except for cars, it's difficult to access here, so you need to prepare well beforehand.

Shouju-in Temple is famous for the lovely heart-shaped window called Inome-mado. Not only the window, I was fascinated with the beautiful paintings on the ceiling that are different one by one. In summer, you can also enjoy tea in the beautiful sounds of wind bell.

2Nanzen-ji Temple

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.

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!

At South Garden (a path-around-pond style garden: people see the garden from the paths around the pond in the central of the garden) of Tenju-an in Nanzen-ji Temple, you can see the beautiful reflections of fresh greens on the pond. What's more, such as East Garden of beautiful white sands and moss, there're many things to see.

3Kifune Shrine

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

Though it's sometimes terribly hot in Kyoto, the sensory temperature becomes cooler when you enter into Kifune Shrine with lush greens. It's located in such a rich nature. Its fortune-telling slip, that the letters appear on the water, is also attractive.

This famous spiritual power spot has beautiful contrast of shining green maple leaves and red ornaments! The murmur of a stream along the road to the inner shrine sounds even cool. It's better for you to go bus stop at Kifunegushi Station with enough time, because the bus gets crowded.

4Ruriko-in Temple

The spring special visiting is opened till 6/15 in 2018. The relaxing room extends here. The table room, which has been a hot topic in SNS, you can see various reflections from different directions. And, it's so gorgeous and beautiful.

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!◎The special visiting of autumn in 2017 is 10/1~12/10 Entrance fee: 2000yen

Ruriko-in Temple is located at Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. It has 'Special Visiting' in the season of autumn colors. There're many thing s to see such as fall foliage and a tasteful Japanese garden.◎I took this pics in 2017. During the term of 'Special Visiting', it's get so crowded with tourists that please enjoy beautiful scenery with good manners.

5Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

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.

When going through under Sembon Torii, you can feel like to come into the mysterious another world. Here's a great spot you can feel the exotic Japanese atmosphere.

I visited Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine which is a most popular place among people from all over the world. There were many visitors as I thought, and I took pictures to make the most of that crowd. The scene of world's people walking on the god's road was impressive for me.◎Just near Inari Station of JR Nara Station. Or, 5 min walk from Kyoto Station. For Keihan Honsen Line, 5 min walk from Fushimi Inari Station to the east.

6Toji Temple

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.

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.

Night cherry blossom light-up famous in Kyoto. It's a rare shrine where photographers can use tripod. There're many people not only photographers, but also tourists and people from foreign countries, so it's very bustle with them. Why don't you come to see this wonderful view?

7Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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.

Kiyomizu Temple has a history more than 1200 years. Obviously, this temple is one of the most famous tourist spots in Kyoto. The wooden huge stage of Kiyomizu is impressive, and, please don't miss the Three Storied Pagoda and Niou Gate in front of the entrance, which are also beautiful.

A Japanese saying, leap down from a stage of Kiyomizu (means a leap in the dark to do something) was derived from here. You can see the fine view of the city.

8Jyonangu Shrine

As for plum blossom in Kyoto, Jyonangu Shrine is famous. The weeping plum blossoms all over the garden and fallen camellia flowers are beautiful, and make us feel spring has come. I feel spring when I visit here.

Plum blossoms tell us that spring comes soon and now is the best time to see. Here's Jyonan-gu shrine is famous for a weeping plum tree and has paid attention these days. Hoyoke means praying for the safety of travels, moving and so on.

9Shōrin-ji Temple

We cannot always see this flower purification fountain (Chozusha: a place for purification of your hands and mouth before you enter shrines or temples). And the flowers change every season. If you have a good chance to visit, I want you to see it.

Hand-purify fountain is a place where visitors of temples or shrines purify their hands before they enter the sacred site. Then, we can sometime see flowers floating on the fountain. It's beautiful and gorgeous. At Shōrin-ji Temple, we can see it only on weekends till the middle of July.

They change flowers every season. I came here on the end of May, but if it was around New Year's Days, they display flowers more gorgeously!

10Enko-ji Temple

Enko-ji Temple has become popular for its autumn colors. The beautiful green garden in summer becomes more beautiful with many colors in autumn. During the term of maple leaves falling, a red carpet will appear around the Jizo♡◎To take picture like a frame, you need to wait the timing people go away. But, the temple's attendant will tell you a good timing, so you can take picture like this!

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.

Enko-ji Temple, famous for its frame garden, has very cute Warabe (child) Jizo. Everyone smiles naturally like it! A karesansui garden 'Honryu-tei' that expresses a rising dragon in a sea of clouds. And a hand-washing bowl 'Suikinkutsu' that makes clear sounds. There're many things to see in this temple.

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