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Have your wishes granted at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, an independent Buddhist temple and World Heritage Site dating back to 1633. Constructed dur
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine serves as the starting point for the hiking trails, covered by densely packed vivid orange gates, that snake up t
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Nijo Castle , Kyoto
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Originally built in 1603 and holding World Heritage Site status, Nijo Castle presents an exemplary look at Japanese feudal architecture. The
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Arashiyama , Kyoto
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For centuries a source of respite and escape, Arashiyama offers a glimpse of natural beauty outside of Kyoto. The district has a variety of o
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Kinkaku-ji , Kyoto
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With its top two stories completely coated in pure gold leaf, Kinkaku-ji gleams in the sunlight and reflects off the pond at its edge. This Z
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Kyoto

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World heritage site · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
From browsing the city's old-fashioned shopping districts to exploring its vast historical and religious heritage, there are plenty of interesting things to do in Kyoto. At Kiyomizu-dera, you'll discover a World Heritage-listed Buddhist temple with astonishing views of Kyoto. At Nijo-jo Castle, you can admire yet another World Heritage Site, built in the Japanese feudal manner. The charming paths and water features of Okochi Sanso Garden invite you to find a moment of serenity away from the busy streets of the crowded metropolis. Shoppers can practice their favorite activity on Teramachi Street, flanked by various stores.

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Where to stay in Kyoto

Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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