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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Buddhist Temple
“Kiyomizudera Temple is one of the landmarks of Higashiyama District and a must-see destination. Distance: 12minutes' walk Opening hours: 6:00~18:00 Entrance fee: 400JPY”
  • 210 locals recommend
Shrine
“Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most popular destinations in Kyoto among tourists. The shrine is famous for its thousand of tori gates. Distance: 34minutes by train (Keihan Line, 210JPY) Entrance fee: free Opening hours: 24/7”
  • 181 locals recommend
Shrine
“Yasaka Shrine is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto and is well-known for its festival, Gion Matsuri which is hold in summer. All year long, you can enjoy eating at food stands. ”
  • 112 locals recommend
Shrine
“Fushimi Inari(伏見稲荷大社)" Shrine is a popular spot for foreign tourists.The scenery that countless torii lined is magnificent.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“The Byōdō-in Temple, established in AD 988, boasts many unique buildings, shrines, and artworks worthy of a visit.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Ginkakuji Temple, also called the Silver Pavilion, is also a famous sight of Kyoto. A must-see destination! Distance: 28minutes by bus (bus n.204 and 93 , 230JPY) Entrance fee: 500 for adults, 300 for children Opening hours: 8:30~17:00 (9:00~16:30 from December to February)”
  • 79 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“At this place, you can see thousand statues of Buddha. They are so great. You will feel something mysterious there. Sanjusangendo is close to Kyoto National Museum, so you should go both.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Museum
“Opened in 1897, the Kyoto National Museum (京都国立博物館, Kyōto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) is one of Japan's oldest and most distinguished museums. It is one of only four top-level national museums alongside the Tokyo National Museum, Nara National Museum and Kyushu National Museum. The museum's permanent collection is presented to the public in rotating exhibitions and consists of a wide variety of cultural properties, including archaeological relics, sculptures, ceramics, calligraphy, costumes and paintings. It is housed in the spacious galleries of the Heisei Chishinkan, a building designed by Taniguchi Yoshio and opened in 2014. The architect is also known for the Horyuji Homotsukan at the Tokyo National Museum, the Sea Life Aquarium at Tokyo's Kasai Rinkai Park, the Mimoca Art Museum in Marugame and his redesign of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, temporary special exhibitions are held in the museum's original main building that was constructed during the Meiji Period in 1895. Renamed the Meiji Kotokan, the redbrick building, together with the similarly styled main entrance gates, are beautiful examples of Meiji architecture and have been designated as important cultural properties. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Shrine
“Heian Jingu Shrine is a must-see destination of Kyoto! The garden is of an outstanding beauty. Distance: 27minutes' walk from Tsuyukusa-an Entrance fee: -Shrine grounds: free -Garden : 600JPY for adults, 300 for children Opening hours: -Shrine: 6:00~17:30 -Garden: 6:00~17:00”
  • 59 locals recommend
Park
“Maruyama Park is famous for its cherry blossom in early April. Distance: 12minutes' walk Opening hours: 24h/7 Entrance fee: free”
  • 43 locals recommend
Shrine
“Kamigamo Shrine's sister shrine. Despite being in the city,there are ancient virgin forests and clear streams.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Ujigami-jinja Shrine is a remnant of the distant past, the oldest extant shrine architecture in Japan. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“You may see lots of maple trees inside of the temple grounds. Especially, in a spot nearby the Three Gates is very popular with the saying of “what an impressive site, what an impressive site” by a famous thief Goemon in the Kabuki show. This is the best place to see marvelous view of red leaves around the Kyoto City. It is also worth seeing the garden of Chisen Kaiyu Style (pond at the center and surrounding garden path style) located in the Nanzen-In Tenjyuan In Spring, the temple grounds will also be full of cherry blossoms. The temple grounds are so huge that it is difficult to point out the best spot, but I am sure that you will be happy visiting Kyoto after you enjoys the collaboration of white wall, garden path and cherry blossoms.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Tofukuji (東福寺, Tōfukuji) is a large Zen temple in southeastern Kyoto that is particularly famous for its spectacular autumn colors. The temple was founded in 1236 at the behest of the powerful Fujiwara clan. Its name is a combination of the names of two great temples in Nara that were also associated with the Fujiwara, Todaiji Temple and Kofukuji Temple. Tofukuji has historically been one of the principal Zen temples in Kyoto, and is a head temple of one of the schools of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. In autumn, people come from all over Japan to see Tofukuji's autumn colors. The most popular view is of the Tsutenkyo Bridge, which spans a valley of lush maple trees. The view from the bridge is equally spectacular, and the 100 meter long, covered walkway becomes extremely crowded when the colors reach their peak, usually around mid to late November. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful narrow street filled with various restaurants that is bound to fill your appetite. This place is more than worthy to take a few photos of, especially in the night time.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Exhibit
“In this zoo, we can feel rich nature of Kyoto and learn the relation of Homo sapiens and the wild animals. You can really sense the forest of Kyoto bodily, seeing the zoo. ”
  • 13 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Shrine
“Fushimi Inari(伏見稲荷大社)" Shrine is a popular spot for foreign tourists.The scenery that countless torii lined is magnificent.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Restaurant
“京都といえば名物のゆどうふ! 旬の食材をふんだんに使用した京会席を四季折々の美しい庭園を眺めながら、ゆったりとお召し上がりいただけます。 食後には順正書院のあるお庭の散策など、南禅寺順正だから味わえる、京都ならではの贅沢な時間を過ごすことができます。 Nanzenji Junsei is a Japanese restaurant located near Nanzen-ji Temple that is famous for its simple but superb tofu dishes. Here you can savour the subtle flavour of Yudofu (tofu in hot broth) served with spring onions, ginger or red peppers. You can enjoy traditional dishes while admiring the scenery of the restaurant’s beautifully maintained Japanese garden. You can even take a walk around the vast stroll garden after your meal. It’s perfect for vegetarians!!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
“It is a popular sweet shop where you can eat delicious parfaits while in Japan. We can recommend because it is close to various temples.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
“Delicious Japanese noodle famous for its soup. It customizes the service for different needs of quests. Before ordering, the staff will give you a sheet that you can choose your own taste. Even one person can have a meal easily and don't feel pressure in the shop because there are seats for one person.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“(Omen) This branch of Kyoto's famed Omen noodle chain is the best place to stop while exploring the Southern Higashiyama district. It's in a re modelled Japanese building with a light, it airy feeling. The signature udon (thick white ar wheat noodles) are delicious and there are many other la carte offerings.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“I you are looking for good Yakiniku restaurant. This is very good. it is better to make a reservation before you go. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Modern and inventive Kaiseki. Open: 5:30AM-11PM TIP: Make a reservation +81 75 343 7070”
  • 13 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
“At Kikunoi we treat each of our dishes as an expression of life itself, never forgetting how much we owe nature. ”
  • 10 locals recommend

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