Culture & History in Kyoto

Daikakuji

Beautiful scenery that hasn’t changed in 1200 years Built as an Imperial villa, the temple was established in 875. Osawa Pond, which was built...

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Red torii gates and white foxes – the symbols of Fushimi Inari Shrine For more than 1,300 years, people have come to Fushimi Inari Shrine to wo...

Kinkakuji

Kinkaku glitters with gold Kinkaku is a three-story building made of wood. The first story is in the style of a Heian palace, the second story is in...

Kiyomizu-dera

Enjoy the National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties of Kiyomizu-dera Kiyomizu-dera was constructed on Mt. Kiyomizu (Mt. Otowa). The main t...

Sanjusangen-do

1001 statues of the 1000-armed and 1000-bodied Kannon Higashiyama-ku is one of Kyoto’s most popular tourist destinations. It is a hub of histor...

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle – a World Heritage site Nijo Castle was constructed in 1603 as the Kyoto lodging place of Tokugawa Ieyasu, who had secured victory...

Eikan-do

When thinking of Eikan-do, the beauty of the autumn leaves comes to mind In 853, Shinjo, the student of the monk Kukai, established the temple. The o...

Gion

Experience Japan’s Traditional Arts in Gion If you say “Kyoto-esque,”many tourists probably imagine maiko and geisha. Even though t...

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market with 126 shops Located right in the center of Kyoto, Nishiki Market is a shopping area which measures 390m and has 126 shops. It has...

Arashiyama

A popular tourist spot Arashiyama is an area that includes Tougetsukyo Bridge which spans Katsura River and the mountain that soars up to command a v...

Tenryu-ji Temple

The beauty of a Japanese painting Founded by Ashikaga Takauji in 1339, Arashiyama, Togetsukyo Bridge and Kameyama Park among other places were within...

Maruyama Park

A magnificent park spreading out to the east of Yasaka Shrine Opened in 1886, it is the oldest park in Kyoto. In 1912, Jihei Ogawa created a garden...

Kifune Shrine

A shrine whose god rules the water Kifune Shrine, which has a history of 1500 years and is surrounded by woods along the banks of the Kibune River, t...

Shoren-in

Lighting up of the bamboo forest and the garden in blue to signify the blue image of the Buddhist god of fire (Blue Cetaka) Shoren-in was built 850...

Heian Shrine

Famous for the 300 cherry blossom trees that cloak the shrine with their flowers in spring Coated by luscious red lacquer, Heian Shrine was built in...

Ryoan-ji

Enjoying the Rock Garden at Ryōan-ji The Rock Garden at Ryōan-ji is listed as both A National Site of Special Scenic Beauty and a National Historic S...

Yasaka Shrine

A venerable shrine for the Gion Festival Yasaka Shrine was established in 656, approximately 150 years before the transfer of the capital to Kyoto....

Ponto-cho

Ponto-cho where you can experience the Kyoto aesthetic There is an unusual attraction which charms the hearts of people visiting Kyoto. When it come...

Okochi Sanso (Mountain Villa)

Places to see at Okochi Sanso Okochi Sanso consists of a villa and garden created by movie actor Denjiro Okochi. From the age of 34 (1931) to his de...

Nanzenji

Enjoy the cultural properties at Nanzenji Nanzenji is a designated National Historic Site, and there are many Cultural Properties on the temple groun...