Kinkakuji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.
The Philosopher’s Path is a pleasant stone path along a canal which is lined by hundreds of cherry trees.
Ginkakuji consists of the Silver Pavilion, half a dozen other temple buildings, a beautiful moss garden and a unique dry sand garden.
Pontocho is one of Kyoto’s most atmospheric dining areas.
Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, this lively retail market specializes in all things food related.
Nanzenji Temple is one of the most important Zen temples in all of Japan.
The Kyoto Imperial Palace is located in the spacious Kyoto Imperial Park, an attractive park in the center of the city that also encompasses the Sento Imperial Palace and a few other attractions.
Daitokuji is the head temple of the Rinzai sect’s Daitokuji school of Japanese Zen Buddhism.
Ryoanji Temple is the site of Japan’s most famous rock garden.
Kurama is best known for its temple Kurama-dera and its hot spring.
Arashiyama is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto.
Katsura Imperial Villa is one of the finest examples of Japanese architecture and garden design.
Entrance to this temple requires a reservation made well in advance by email.
Casual restaurant with first-rate food
Ceramics made by potters selected by the owners are an additional highlight at this restaurant
Famed for its miso soup, all seats in this restaurant face a Noh stage
Chinese food on the water, with the oldest elevator in Japan
Very small and intimate restaurant (8 seats in all!)
A traditional Kyoto-style kaiseki restaurant with a focus on seasonal ingredients
Enjoy traditional dishes & hospitality with a wonderful view of the Kyoto streets in a traditional Japanese-style building
One of the top kobe beef restaurants in the country
On the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, Kiyomizudera is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan.
Marukyu-Koyamaen ranks among the foremost producers of fine teas in Japan.