Between modernity and tradition, Kyoto is one of the must-see cities during a stay in Japan. It attracts visitors from all walks of life, both for its beauty and its indescribable charm.
So, to make your stay in this city more enjoyable, here are ten places you should definitely see.
The Fishimi Inari Taisha sanctuary.
If Mount Fuji is so famous for its altitude, Mount Inari is known for its 10,000 red Toriis.
Forming an immense corridor to the top of the mountain, these Toriis are the result of donations made by companies, entrepreneurs, but also individuals who wish to obtain the blessing of the god Kami Inari for more prosperity in their business.
For experienced hikers, the ascent lasts about 2 hours, but it is possible to take breaks while snacking in the restaurants along the path of the ascent.
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion.
Do you dream of discovering a whole building covered with pure gold leaves? The Golden Pavilion Temple and its two floors should be part of your address book.
Initially, this temple had been a resort of Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, but after his death the building became a sacred sanctuary.
The third floor is dedicated to the conservation of Buddha’s relics.
This wonderful temple is off-limits to visitors, but it is possible to enjoy the beauty of the building just outside. The discovery can continue along the path to the temple garden and a tea house nearby.
The Great Temple of Pure Water.
The Great Temple of Pure Water or Kiyomizu-dera is a sanctuary that many Japanese people enjoy.
Located near the Otoma waterfall, the temple was built by the Hosso sect, which is one of the oldest Buddhist schools in Japan.
It is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List and never ceases to amaze visitors who visit it for the beauty of its architecture.
But the most breathtaking thing about this temple is certainly the magnificent view from the waterfall and the cherry and maple trees that surround it. In spring and autumn, it is one of the must-see places during a visit to Kyoto.
The Gion district.
A place of food and rest, the Gion district is a place that attracts a large number of tourists and Japanese, both for the festivities that reign there and for the restaurants and tea houses that are located in its heart.
Gion is also a popular place for its theatrical plays, including the famous Kabuki, a colorful playwright who had his roots in Kyoto around the 17th century.
Today, it is possible to relive these moments by visiting the Minamiza Theatre, the only one of Kyoto’s seven theatres that is still standing after many renovations. Lovers of Japanese crafts can also visit Shinjo, a multi-colored shopping street with a wide selection of travel souvenirs.
The Nishiki market.
The Nishiki market remains the largest culinary market in Kyoto.
Among the typical flavours and scents of the country, everyone will be tempted by the different ingredients that make up the traditional Kyoto cuisine such as Japanese pickles, tofu, Kyoto vegetables, famous Japanese candies, tea, fish and shellfish.
Although it is said that this shopping street was created more than 400 years ago, it should be noted that its origin dates back several years. Between the large multi-storey department stores and the traditional stalls, everyone will find something to please the heart of Kyoto.
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