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Top Attractions in Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan,Japan

A place of both historical value and modern living, Kyoto is a cultural melting pot for everything from ancient shrines to high-tech gadgets. Hailed as both the past and the future of Japan, Kyoto has something to offer every wanderer.

Among the most popular tourist attractions are the remnants of Kyoto's ancient architecture – places like Nijo Castle and the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the original home of the Emperor. Carefully maintained and open to any respectful tourist, these sites are considered cultural treasures and are downright sacred to some.

The Golden Pavilion (also known as Kinkakuji Temple) is another must-see, a three tier golden building that's been painstakingly preserved to showcase its historical significance.

Sightseeing is another great activity, especially guided tours. A good day tour will take you to all the significant attractions, such as the Heian Jingu Shrine, as well as lesser-known hot spots, like the Kyoto Handicraft Center. Definitely stop at the Sanjusangendo Temple – it's one of Japan's longest wooden structures and has on display more than 1000 life-sized statues!

If you're considering a trip to Kyoto, it's worth arranging a schedule to make sure you hit all your desired stops. Hire a tour guide to make the most of it. There's simply so much to see and do, and you won't want to miss anything!

What People Are Saying About Kyoto

Fun, informative walking tour with excellent tour guide Mia

Interesting off the main attraction path. You learnt & see things you wouldn't on your own. We particularly enjoyed the visits to various craftsmen. Mia is the best tour guide I ever had. She is full of energy, funny yet professional and well informed, Highly recommended.
Kyoto Walking Tour Reviewed by Lydia, 10/25/2016

Fun informative great guide lovely city.

Paul was a perfect guide he was kind informative kept the right pace. He is very thoughtful and had some interesting stories to tell and share.
Kyoto Cycling Tour - Small Group Bike Tour Reviewed by beth, 09/16/2016

One of the highlights of our trip to Japan. Highly recommended.

The tea ceremony was one of the highlights of our trip. Very interesting and well explained and we even got to make the tea ourselves. The guide was great and spoke perfect English and often stopped to ask if we had any questions. She was very patient when we got it wrong and corrected us in a polite and understanding way. Highly recommended.
Kyoto: Tea Ceremony Experience Reviewed by Anna, 09/16/2016

Really nice Person, absolutely perfect when you don't have much time

Really nice person, it was a wonderful day, we wouldn't have seen and learned that much without the guide. Absolutely perfect especially when you don't have much time.
Kyoto Highlights by Private Guide Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/15/2016

awesome guided tour about the Geiko and Meiko culture in Gion

Mia is a wondeful nice and patient guide, eager to share her knowledge about this important piece of Japanese culture. Highly recommended !
Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District Reviewed by Cyssy, 08/17/2016

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