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Travel Guide of Kyoto in Japan by Influencers

Kyoto, officially Kyoto City, is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan. Located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu, Kyoto forms a part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kobe.

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Discover our travel guide of Kyoto in Japan made of pictures from travel influencers and photographers.

What you will see and do in Kyoto:

  🏘️ Town     🐾 Wildlife     🏰 Temple     🏰 Pagoda     🗼 Landmark     🏘️ Cottage  

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The city of Kyoto

The capital of Japan for almost 12 centuries, Kyoto remains the cultural and spiritual center of the country. It is renowned for its traditional arts and crafts. Surrounded by green hills, Kyoto is home to more than 1,600 Buddhist pagodas and Shinto temples, exemplary for their beautiful architecture and gardens. These can be discovered by walking along the famous Philosophy Trail in the northeast of the city. Whether you choose to stay in Kyoto or stopover there on a trip to Japan, you can't help but fall under the spell of this city, which boasts some 15 World Heritage monuments, including the Kiyozumidera temple and Nijo-jo castle.

What to do in Kyoto?

During your visit to the city, you will have to visit the temples, but also the Gion district and its famous geisha. Moreover, from the Kyoto tower, you will get a panoramic view of the city. When you come down from the tower, go and see the station known for its futuristic architecture. For the gourmets, there is nothing like going to the Nishiki market to taste the specialties. The city also has many zen gardens.
and if you are a fan of manga, there is nothing like going to the Kyōto International Manga Museum.

Don't miss the famous Kiyomizu Dera temple. Here's everything you need to know for a smooth and successful visit!

If you are planning a trip to Japan and passing through the popular city of Kyoto, you will definitely want to visit the ancient temples that the city is famous for. Located on one of the hills, Kiyomizu Dera Temple is one of the city's most popular temples for tourists and locals alike.

Founded in 778 and known mainly for its wooden terrace offering a magnificent view of the city and its surroundings, the temple is a must-see on any trip to Kyoto, and indeed any trip to Japan, especially if you go during the sakura blossom season! It is one of the oldest temples in Kyoto, and over the centuries it has been damaged and partially destroyed many times. At present, its popularity and special atmosphere are visited by more than 5.5 million tourists and locals every year.
It is made up of several buildings spread over the temple grounds, which will provide hours of sightseeing and wonderment. Among the most important places are:

  • The terrace
It is almost 15 meters high and is supported by over 140 wooden pillars. It overlooks a sea of maple and Japanese cherry trees that stretches as far as the eye can see. This area is all the more magical during the cherry blossom season in March and April, but also in autumn. 

  • Otowa Waterfall
Located at the foot of the main hall, the Otowa Waterfall is one of the must-see things to do when visiting Kiyomizu Dera Temple. According to the beliefs, the water of this cascade, divided into 3 streams, would have various benefits. Visitors, thanks to the cups attached to the structure of the waterfall, can drink from one of the three streams to obtain luck in love, succeed in studies or increase their longevity. 

  • The Jishu Altar
Located at the back of the main hall, the Jishu Shrine is an altar dedicated to a deity of love and dating. 

  • Koyasu Pagoda
From the terrace of the main hall, it is possible to see the third floor of the Koyasu pagoda. This pagoda is known for providing an easy and safe birth to visitors who go there to worship.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Kyoto

Where to stay in Kyoto ?

The Gion and Higashiyama districts are perfect to put down your suitcases. These two districts between the Kamo River and the mountains are the most popular with visitors because they have the advantage of being central while housing historical monuments. There is also the Pontocho district, which concentrates traditional Japan, nightlife, and proximity to the city center. 

During your visit, it might be nice to visit the geisha district in Gion at night or to take a half-day guided bike tour of northern Kyoto. You can book both activities in advance. 

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