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Ujigami Jinja

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Byodo-in

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Taizo-in

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The oldest and most famous of Myoshin-ji’s sub-temples is renowned for its tranquil gardens. A ...

Kyoto Station

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

In 1997, a little over 1,200 years after the city was founded, Kyoto got a grand new station, ...

Kampo Museum

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The ‘Kampo’ Museum is named after Kampo Harada, the most eminent calligrapher of the 20th ...

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 ...

Sanzen-in

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Kofuku-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Katsura Rikyu

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Perhaps the greatest garden in Kyoto. As you stroll through the 7ha site, an enchanting ...

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 ...

Ryoan-ji

Recommended
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Myoshin-ji

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

When Emperor Hanazono officially achieved enlightenment, his villa was converted into a Zen ...

Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Painter and sculptor Insho Domoto (1891-1975) built his own museum in 1966, and he clearly ...

Ginkaku-ji

Recommended Major venue
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

While Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion lives up to its dazzling name, Ginkaku-ji (the Silver ...

Eikan-do

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Eikan-do calls itself ‘the Temple of Maple Leaves’, but that’s a little modest for a complex ...

Namikawa Cloisonné Museum of Kyoto

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

The main reason to visit the old home of Yasuyuki Namikawa (1845-1927) is to see examples of ...

Kodai-ji

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

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

Ebisu Shrine

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Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Known locally as ‘Ebessan’, this shrine was established in 1202 as a guardian of Kennin-ji. It ...

Shimogamo Jinja

Recommended FREE Major venue
Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

It’s less mesmerising than most of its World Heritage peers, but this shrine is historic ...

Raku Museum

Museums & Sights  |  Sep 22 2009

Tea master Sen no Rikyu was one of the early admirers of raku-yaki, the ceramics of the Raku ...

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