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Urasenke Research Centre

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

At least you can be sure that you’ll get a good bowl of matcha at Urasenke, Japan’s leading ...

Yasaka Jinja

FREE
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Before there was Kyoto, there was Gion Temple, established in 656. By the mid tenth century, ...

Ujigami Jinja

FREE
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Uji’s other World Heritage site plays second fiddle to the more dazzling Byodo-in, but it’s ...

Tsutenkaku Tower

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Paris has the Eiffel Tower and Tokyo has the Tokyo Tower, so Osaka had to build the 91m-high ...

Osaka Castle

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

One of Japan’s best-known castles, Osaka-jo was built to flaunt the power of warlord Hideyoshi ...

Kofuku-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

This temple was perhaps partly to blame for Nara losing its role as capital city. The emperor ...

Miho Museum

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

One of the tenets of the ‘new religion’ Church of World Messianity is that art and beauty can ...

Daitoku-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Like so much of Kyoto, Zen temple Daitoku-ji was destroyed in the Onin War (1467-77). The monk ...

Kitano Tenmangu

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

A political conflict saw Heian period statesman Sugawara no Michizane demoted to a menial ...

Weissraum Gallery

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The name ‘white room’ suggests an archetypical modern art gallery: an open, symmetrical cube. ...

Kodai-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

When Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the warrior who unified Japan, died in 1598, his grieving widow Nene ...

Tale of Genji Museum

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Proud of its prominent role in the world’s oldest novel, Uji opened this dedicated museum in ...

Byodo-in

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The temple etched into the back of every ¥10 coin has more national treasures than any temple ...

Shitenno-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Kyoto is the city of shrines and temples, but Osaka also has its fair share, and Shitenno-ji is ...

Sanzen-in

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The origins of this Tendai sect temple date back to 985. The buildings that now comprise this ...

Okumura Commemorative Museum

FREE
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Museum is too grand a name for a building that touts a ‘rest area’ as one of its main ...

Suntory Yamazaki Whisky Distillery

FREE
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Japanese whisky has been booming in the last decade, winning medals and market share worldwide. ...

Monkey Park Iwatayama

Recommended
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Free of fences or cages, this animal-friendly park has almost 200 wild macaques (snow monkeys) ...

Shunko-in

Recommended
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Crypto-Christian artworks and the Jesuit bell of Kyoto’s first church are the unlikely ...

Ryoan-ji

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The Ryoan-ji complex occupies 50 ha at the foot of the Kitayama mountains, but it’s famous for ...

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