8 Best Shrine in Kyoto: The Most Rewarding Destination in Japan

Average 400 Shinto shrines in Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto’s temples get a lot of attention from visitors, but some of the city’s 400-plus shrines are also first-rate attractions in their own right.

Kyoto is Japan in a nutshell. It’s the cultural and historical heart of the country. It’s the best place in all Japan. To Example traditional temples, shrines, gardens, geisha, restaurants and festivals.

In short, Kyoto is the most rewarding destination in all of Japan and it should be at the top of any Japan travel itinerary. Indeed, I may be biased, but I’d go so far as to say that Kyoto is the most rewarding single city in all of Asia.

Kinkaku-ji Temple Kyoto

It is one of the most famous and revered sites in Kyoto and it known as golden Kyoto of Japan. It overlooks a lovely water garden. It has a classic Hiroshige image, a rare view of the Golden Pavilion in the 19th century. Initially this building’s was to serve the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu as a residence.

However it was converted into a Zen temple shortly after his death. The harmonious settings between buildings and surrounding were greatly emphasized during Muromachi period which is considered to be a classical age of Japanese garden is one of the most beautiful please in Japan.

Kiyomizu Temple

It is a lovely view of the Kiyomizu Temple. It is one of the most beautiful sites in Japan. Huge wooden temple shown, perched on the mountainside. Cherry blossoms blooming in the springtime.

It is Great choice for those interested in the famous sites of Kyoto. Located halfway up Otowa Mountain in the eastern part of Kyoto City, Kiyomizu-dera which name come from the waterfall within the complex is a historic temple that was established in 778 ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu, before Kyoto became the capital of Japan.

The temple has burned down many times. Most of the current buildings were rebuilt by the 3rd Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu in the early Edo period (1631 to 1633) but now it is a great place to visit.

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle was built by the Tokugawa shogun, Ieyasu, in 1603 to protect Kyoto Imperial Palace and as a residence for the shogun when he visited Kyoto. It was completed in 1626 by the grandson.

After the Tokugawa Shogunate fell in 1867, Nijo Castle was used as an imperial palace for a while before being donated to the city and opened up to the public as a historic site in Japan.

Arashiyama Kyoto

Arashiyama has been a popular destination particularly during cherry blossom & its beautiful natural settings.

Many attractions are nearby one and another. You can either enjoy a leisurely walk or rent a bicycle to roam the area. Notable attractions are Tenryu-ji Temple, Bamboo forest & Iwatayama Monkey Park. It is one of the best for visit in japan.

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari. Famous for its almost never ending Senbon Torii or Thousands shrine gates. The shrine was dedicated to the gods of rice and sake by the Hatta family in the 8th century.

Foxes are believed to be Inari’s messengers; hence many fox statues across the shrine grounds. Most visitor comes to see it in japan.

Gion District kyoto

It is most beautiful places In Japan.Famously known for Geisha, Gion true origins were to cater to weary visitors to Yasaka shrine. It is good to note that geisha are entertainers, not prostitutes.

From Yasaka as starting point, just walk straight and you will arrive Shijo-dori a modern shopping district filled with department stores & pedestrian shopping street. Many people come to see it in japan.

Yasaka Shrine

It is great please to visit in japan. Yasaka Shrine also known as Gion Shrine is located between the popular Gion District and Higashiyama District in Japan. It is beautiful please.

The shrine dates back to 876, when the priest Enjo invited Gozu Tenno, the god of illness prevention, to the shrine in an effort to stop the run of epidemics and other disasters that were afflicting Kyoto residents at that time. Now Thousands of people come to see it.

Heian Shrine

It is one most of the beautiful places in japan. Heian Shrine was built to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the capital’s foundation in Kyoto. In 794 A.D., the Emperor Kammu moved the capital from Nara to what is now Kyoto and named the new city “Heian-kyo”, which means “the capital of eternal peace”.

Many people come every years of the world.Kyoto doesn’t have a major international airport, but it’s very close to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport (KIX), Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport (NGO), and it’s 3.5 hours by fast express trains from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT).

If you’re coming from other parts of Japan, Kyoto is very close to Osaka’s domestic Itami Airport (ITM) and it’s well served by the bullet train (shinkansen). The simple answer is: As much time as possible.

Indeed, I know of many people who visit only Kyoto when they come to Japan – and they never regret the decision. But, most people will want to see other parts of Japan.