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Shrines & Temples

There are literally thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Kyoto. Enryaku-ji Temple and To-ji Temple are two of the most prominent examples of the esoteric Buddhist tradition while the five great Zen Buddhism temples of Kyoto include Nanzen-ji Temple, Shokoku-ji Temple, Tenryu-ji Temple, and the Golden and Silver Pavilions (Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji). Like Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines are places of worship. In Shinto, millions of gods which can be found everywhere are worshipped. The most important Shinto shrines in Kyoto include Kamigamo-jinja and Shimogamo-jinja, which enshrine water gods, and Yasaka-jinja, where the god of prosperity and good health is worshipped.

North >

The area of North Kyoto, also known as the old capital’s “Back Parlor,” is known for the mysterious aura that permeates its...


East >

The Higashiyama area is one of the most “Kyoto-like” areas in Kyoto and is steeped in history. It is the home to Kiyomizu-dera Temple...


West >

This area features the Golden Pavilion and Arashiyama, unquestionably the most popular sightseeing spots in Kyoto...


Central >

This area focuses on the center of the city. It is ideal for those with limited time thanks to the efficient and convenient transportation system.


South >

This area is located 20 to 30 minutes from the city center. It includes such prominent temples as Tofuku-ji Temple and Daigo-ji Temple and...


Other >

These areas comprise a selection of sites other than those listed above, including a number of "don’t miss" World Heritage sites...

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