Kyoto tourist spot information
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In harmony with the green of Kyoto's Mt. Higashi, this stunning example of wooden architecture attracts and impresses many people. In the Hondo (Main Hall, a National Treasure), Kiyomizu-dera Temple's stage, an imposing veranda constructed of Japanese cypress and supported by enormous zelkova wooden columns, is a must-see. It also serves as a religious stage where actual religious dances take place. It was registered as a World Heritage, one of the "Cultural Assets of Ancient Kyoto," in December, 1994.
Web http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/en/ Access From KYŌTO Sta., take the Kyoto City Bus to Gojozaka or Kiyomizu-michi bus stop, and it is a walk of approx. 10-min.
Lacquered in beautiful vermilion, Heian-Jingu Shrine reveals graceful Kyoto as it once existed in the Heian period. It was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1,100th anniversary of the transfer of the capital to Kyoto. If the shrine is hosting a Shinto wedding ceremony during your visit, you may see a bride and groom in traditional wedding kimonos. One of the three most important festivals of Kyoto, the Jidai Matsuri (Festival of Eras) is held here annually on October 22 - a good opportunity to learn about Kyoto's history and culture.
Web http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/ Access From KYŌTO Sta., take the Kyoto City Subway to Higashiyama Sta. and walk approx. 10-min from there.
Standing at Kyoto's main transportation hub, the 131 meter-tower is one of the typical sightseeing sites in Kyoto. In addition to an observation deck that offers a 360-degree panoramic view of the city of Kyoto, the tower also has a hotel, restaurants, large public bath, and many shops selling souvenirs of Kyoto.
Web https://www.keihanhotels-resorts.co.jp/kyoto-tower/en/ Access Approx. 2-min walk from KYŌTO Sta.
Located in Uji City, a famous "tea" town in Kyoto, the Byodo-in was originally a country villa owned by Fujiwarano Michinaga, and was converted into a temple in 1052 by his son, Fujiwarano Yorimichi. The Hoo-do (Phoenix Hall), a must-see part of Byodo-in, was built on an island in the middle of its pond. The reflection of Hoo-do on the surface of the water is said to look like a floating palace in the pond. It's called Hoo-do because the building has a graceful structure with wings like a bird, and because a pair of hoo (a mythological phoenix-like bird) figures sit on the rooftop. This rare temple preserving 1,000-year-old architecture and Buddhist sculpture is also listed as a World Heritage site. The Japanese 10-yen coin features the design of Byodo-in's Phoenix Hall, and the ten-thousand-yen note features the temple’s phoenix rooftop ornaments.
Web http://www.byodoin.or.jp/en/index.html Access From KINTETSU-TAMBABASHI Sta., take the Keihan Railway to Uji Sta. and walk approx. 10-min from there.
Rokuon-ji Temple (Kinkaku "Golden Pavilion")
The temple is officially known as Rokuon-ji Temple. Beyond the San-mon gate and after a short walk, you will come to Kinkaku, reflecting its golden image on the surface of the pond with the mountains in the background. The temple is a three-story building with the top two stories covered with pure gold leaf over lacquer. On the roof is a golden fenghuang or "Chinese phoenix" that is thought to be a lucky bird in China. Kinkaku was originally built in 1397 to serve as a country villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. It is now listed as a World Heritage, one of the "Cultural Assets of Ancient Kyoto."
Web http://www.shokoku-ji.jp/k_about.html Access From KYŌTO Sta., take the Kyoto City Bus to Kinkakuji-michi bus stop and walk approx. 3-min form there.