Must-Visit Places in Kyoto City

One of Japan’s largest cities, Kyoto is surrounded by the Central Honshu. Higher educational institutions and universities are established in this city making it the educational hub of the country. It is also one of the greatest destinations that both local tourists and other parts of the world love to explore. There is something unique about this city that is difficult to find in any other city in Japan. Kyoto has been able to preserve its past atmosphere. It is celebrated as the principal center of the culture of Japan for more than 1100 years. It is also famous for being the Emperor’s residence. Kyoto is proud to boast off numerous things that make it extraordinary as a city.

Listed below are some of the places that are a must-watch for you while vacationing in Kyoto.

Kinkaku-Ji Temple

The Kinkaku-Ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion is one of the picturesque areas of Kyoto. It is considered the main tourist destination too. It is originally a 14th-century building that was the retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Now it has been turned into a Zen Buddhist temple. The name of the temple takes its name from the gold leaf that adorns the top two out of its three floors. The design element is believed to improve any negativity. If you want to get a different perspective of the temple or to avoid the crowds during summer, you can opt for visiting this place during winter or autumn.

Nijo Castle

The Nijo Castle is a complex that was built in the year 1603 complete with walls, a moat, and towers that have been preserved well. Later, it served as the government seat. The area has several buildings that contain numerous significant arts and it is also renowned because this is the location that was chosen by the Emperor for issuing the rescript that abolished the Shogunate, once-powerful of the country. Ninomaru Palace is the most important building of Nijo Castle. It consists of five buildings that are separate from each other by linked corridors. The interior decorations of these buildings are exquisite with paintings done by Kano Tanyu and his students.

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

The temple of Kiyomizu-Dera is situated in the eastern part of Kyoto. It has also been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The pleasing location is on the Otowa Mountain that overlooks the city of Kyoto. This temple was founded in AD 790 and is dedicated to the Buddhist Mercy Goddess, Kanon. You can also see a statue of the goddess here. The highlighted areas include a large terrace that is located at the Main Hall that is built on pillars of 30-meter height and cross beams of five rows. It was used as a stage for ceremonies and dance performances of the temple.  You can enjoy a wonderful stroll along the charming TeaPot Lane which has craft stores and small shops alongside. Fall is the best time to visit this temple when you will see the changing colors of the leaves.

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