Top 5: Attractions in Kyoto

by Katie Skrzek

May 22, 2019

Kyoto, Japan © Luciano Mortula |

Top 5 / Asia

Kyoto, Japan, is known for its natural beauty, temples and shrines. On your next visit, be sure to add these attractions to your list.


Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Located in the Arashiyama sightseeing district, the bamboo garden is a stunning natural attraction in Kyoto. The soaring plants sit at the base of the Arashiyama Mountains.


Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine

One of the most recognizable and popular shrines in Japan is located in Kyoto. Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the god of rice growing. Many merchants still visit to pray for prosperity. The shrine boasts a path covered by bright orange arches leading up to the main building.



The Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto is also known as the Golden Pavilion. One of the most popular temples in Japan, Kinkaku’s exterior is covered in gold leaf and gold plating. The building is situated amid a beautiful strolling garden. The temple is one of 17 sites that make up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site.


Kiyomizu-dera Temple

The Buddhist temple is located in eastern Kyoto. This is another site that helps make up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. The temple overlooks the city from its location on Otowa Mountain.


Kyoto Imperial Palace 

The former residence of the Emperor of Japan has been open to the public since its restoration in the late 1800s. Today, the stunning structure hosts public walking tours. Check in advance for an application to reserve your spot.


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