Where to go in KYOTO?
Read my recommendation below to see where should you go in Kyoto. You won’t regret it.
- Kinkaku-ji ( The Golden Paviliun )
Kinkaku-ji Temple formerly known as Rokuon-ji is a must visit place when you are in Kyoto. Kinkaku-ji Temple is famously known as The Golden Pavilion. The Temple used to be a villa owned by Saionji Kintsune. However, later in 1397, the villa was bought by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and the villa was transformed into a temple. After Yoshimitsu died, the building was converted into a Zen Buddhist Temple by his son.
The present Kinkaku-ji was structured from 1955 after it was burnt down several times. The pavilion itself is three stories high with 12.5 meters high. The Kinkaku is derived from the gold leaf that the pavilion is covered in. Gold color has an important meaning to the pavilion because it mitigates and purifies and pollution or negative thoughts and feelings towards death.
Operating Hours: Everyday 9 am to 5 pm
Admission: 400 Yen
- Kiyomizu Dera
Kiyomizudera Temple is one of the most visited temples in Kyoto. It was founded by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro in 778. What amazed me is that the structure did not a single nail. Kiyomizu means pure water; hence, this temple is famously known as Pure Water Temple.
When you visited the temple, you will be greeted by the wooden stage, which is, 13 meters above the hillside. From the wooden stage, the visitors can view numerous of trees and the city of Kyoto. The main hall which is located in the stage is the primary object of worship with a small statue of the eleven-faced, thousand armed Kannon.
Besides the wooden stage, there’s also Otowa Waterfall, which is located at the base of Kiyomizudera’s main hall. The waterfall is divided into three separate streams, in which has different benefits. The visitors use cups attached to long poles to drink from it. One of the waterfall causes longetivity, success, and a fortunate love life. However, if you guys drink from all the three streams is considered greedy.
Opening Hours: Everyday, 6 am to 6 pm
Admission: 400 Yen
- Fushimi Inari Taisha
I considered Fushimi Inari Taisha is the most popular shrines amongst Kyoto. For those who would like to visit Fushimi Inari, go on early morning around 8-9 am, so that you could take good photos.
Just a quick info, Fushimi Inari is famous for its orange tunnels of more than 10,000 torii gates. Each torii gates has been donated by an individual or Japanese company business in hope to receive luck and fortune. The name of the donator is inscribed in black ink on the back of each gate. Fushimi Inari enshrines the god Inari, which is the patron deity of agriculture and business. Inari is worshiped as the protector of grains, particularly rice. The shrine itself sits at the base of a Mount Inari which is 233 meters above sea level, and if you would like to hike to the mountain it could take nearly 2-3 hours walk.
Opening Hours: Everyday 24 hours
- Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
Besides Fushimi Inari, if you go to Kyoto, you should go to Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. It is one of the most photographed sights in the city. The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is infamous for its bamboo grove that runs through about 100-200 meters. The path through the bamboo grove is crowded with many tourists. Therefore, you should go there in super early morning. You have to arrive around 8-9 am.
Things to do around Arashiyama Bamboo Grove:
- Take a Picture in Togetsu-kyo Bridge
- Visit Iwatayama Monkey Park
- Shopping around Saga-Arashiyama
Opening hours: Everyday 24 hours
Amongst all Kyoto Districts, I consider Gion District as the most traditional district with a lot of attractions there. Gion District is infamous for its Geisha. Who is Geisha? Geisha/Geiko/ are traditional Japanese female entertainers. To be a Geisha or Geiko is not easy. They have to a wide skills including performing Japanese classical music, dance, singing, witty games and conversation. They are trained in order to entertain male customers, but in present days, there are also female customers. Geisha who are in training period are called Maiko. They were paid half of the wage of a full geisha. In order to meet a real Geiko or Geisha, you have to go to the Chaya or restaurants.
6. Nishiki Market
Nishiki Market is a market place in Kyoto. The market is infamous for street foods such as sushi, ramen, seafood, pickles, and desserts.
Opening hours: Everyday from 9.30 am to 6pm
7. Shopping on Shijo-Dori
If Osaka has Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori as the shopping street, Kyoto has Shijo-Dori Shopping street with 400 meters long. In the shopping area you will find Takasihamaya, Marui, and Daimaru department store. Also, you will find BAPE Store in the area. Nearby also has smaller shops selling apparels, foods, crafts, and souvenirs.
Takashimaya Opening Hours: Everyday 10am to 8 pm
Daimaru Opening Hours: Everyday 10am to 8 pm