If you want to experience authentic and traditional city of Japan, come to Kyoto. This city offers hundred things to explore. Here is top 6 places that you must visit in Kyoto.
Kinkaku-ji or Golden Pavillion is one of the most popular temple in Japan. It has the gold colour that covered the top two floors of the temple. Although this place is so crowded with tourist, you can’t miss this temple when you come to Kyoto. This temple is very beautiful surrounded with a pond and it can make magnificent shadow of the temple when the sun is up on our head.
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Kinkakuji can be accessed by bus 101 or 205 from Kyoto Station. The admission fee is 400 Yen.
Besides Kinkaku-ji, there is also Ginkaku-ji or Silver Pavillion. Even though it is named Silver Pavilion, but the colour of the temple is not silver. It was named silver to show the contrast with Golden Pavillion. It was built in 1482 by shogun Ashikaga Yoshimaya with aims to create a retirement villa. The model was inspired by Kinkaku-Ji and this villa became a temple following the death of Yoshimasa in 1490. The complex consists of other temple buildings, pond, garden and sand garden.
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Ginkaku-Ji can be accessed by bus 5, 17 or 100 from Kyoto station and you can enter this temple by paying 500 Yen.
Kiyomizudera is a buddhist temple that is part of UNESCO world heritage site. It is known for its wooden stage, 13 meters above the hillside. The tourist can see beautiful color of cherry and maple trees in spring and fall season from the stage. Not to forget, the beauty of Kyoto city from above. The complex of this temple is very large and consists of main hall, Jishu Shrine, Otowa waterfall, Okunoin Hall and Koyasu Pagoda. It has wonderful light show in the night in mid March and second half of November.
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This temple can be reached by bus number 100 or 206 from Kyoto station. You have to paid 400 Yen for the entrance fee.
Arriving at Arashiyama, you will welcomed by Togetsukyo Bridge, the iconic symbol of Kyoto. It is surrounded by the trees, and you can see the beautiful leaves depending on the season. After crossing the bridge and follow the path, you will found Arashiyama Bamboo Groove, one of the picturesque place in Kyoto. You can feel the beauty and calmness of this forest. After, you can also take Sagano Romantic Train, that is surrounded by forest and amazing river.
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5. Fushimi Inari Shrine
Ranked as Japan’s top tourist attraction in 2014, Fushimi Inari Shrine can’t be missed when visiting Kyoto. This Sinto shrine consists of over 10.000 orange torii gates that leads to the hill behind Fushimi Inari. This temple is dedicated to God of Grains (the meaning of Inari) and built in 8th century. The philosophy behind it is having good crops was a sign of good income, so Inari is related with success in business. Fox statues around the shrine is a symbol of servant of God Inari and also business, because fox is clever and tricky animal.
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The pathway is 4 km and it takes around 2 to 3 hours to climb it. This temple is free of charge and can be accessed from JR Inari Station on the JR Nara Line.
Who doesn’t know about Geisha? Japanese traditional entertainer that is known in hollywood movie Memoirs of Geisha. In Gion district, you can found a lot of Geisha since this is a Geisha quarter. This district is filled with shops, restaurants and teahouses where Geisha entertains. The traditional wooden houses make this district more attractive to tourists. Gion is not just about Geisha, it is home to Gion Matsuri, festival floats and traditional musical performance in July.
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Gion can be accessed by bus 100 or 206 from Kyoto station.
So, what are you waiting for? Buy a ticket to Kyoto and you will feel this magical city.