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Top Attractions in Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan,Japan

A place of both historical value and modern living, Kyoto is a cultural melting pot for everything from ancient shrines to high-tech gadgets. Hailed as both the past and the future of Japan, Kyoto has something to offer every wanderer.

Among the most popular tourist attractions are the remnants of Kyoto's ancient architecture – places like Nijo Castle and the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the original home of the Emperor. Carefully maintained and open to any respectful tourist, these sites are considered cultural treasures and are downright sacred to some.

The Golden Pavilion (also known as Kinkakuji Temple) is another must-see, a three tier golden building that's been painstakingly preserved to showcase its historical significance.

Sightseeing is another great activity, especially guided tours. A good day tour will take you to all the significant attractions, such as the Heian Jingu Shrine, as well as lesser-known hot spots, like the Kyoto Handicraft Center. Definitely stop at the Sanjusangendo Temple – it's one of Japan's longest wooden structures and has on display more than 1000 life-sized statues!

If you're considering a trip to Kyoto, it's worth arranging a schedule to make sure you hit all your desired stops. Hire a tour guide to make the most of it. There's simply so much to see and do, and you won't want to miss anything!

What People Are Saying About Kyoto

awesome guided tour about the Geiko and Meiko culture in Gion

Mia is a wondeful nice and patient guide, eager to share her knowledge about this important piece of Japanese culture. Highly recommended !
Night Walk in Gion: Kyoko's Geisha District Reviewed by Cyssy, 08/17/2016

A good 3 hours review of important cultural sights in Kyoto

The walking tour was excellent. Although it was a very hot day, we were able to cool down in the shade on the trains. The guides knowledge was excellent and gave us a good insight into Japanese culture.
Kyoto Walking Tour: Small-Group Adventure Reviewed by Brenton, 07/15/2016

Insightful, thoughtful, well-organized and well-executed.

Our guide (Guillemin) was well-informed and made sure that everyone in the group was included. He also paced the tour to accommodate individual interests; it was a most pleasurable afternoon.
Kyoto Walking Tour: Small-Group Adventure Reviewed by Rose-Marie, 08/27/2015

An excellent fun and informative half day tour in Kyoto

This is a really fun and informative tour, an excellent way to spend half a day in Kyoto. Samurai Joe is a really warm and friendly tour guide, we really enjoyed our time with him. During the tour we learned quite a few things about Japan that we otherwise would not have found out on our own, Samurai Joe speaks excellent English and is really making sure that all your questions about Japan are answered and you are well entertained. He is also in an awesome shape for his age, amazing:) All the best from Malta!
Cool Kyoto: 5-Hour Walking Tour with the Last Samurai Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 07/01/2014

Exactly what I wanted--small group--great guide.

This was what I wanted and needed in order to get the most of my short time in Kyoto. Seeing the important sites and not spending my time trying to figure out where I was and how to get to where I wanted to be. Our guide was very good and was able to answer all our questions. There were five of us and this was a good size for a walking tour.
Kyoto Walking Tour: Small-Group Adventure Reviewed by Anne, 05/14/2014

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