Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion)

Kinkakuji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

Philosopher’s Path

The Philosopher’s Path is a pleasant stone path along a canal which is lined by hundreds of cherry trees.

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion)

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.

Nishiki Market

Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, this lively retail market specializes in all things food related.

Nanzenji Temple

Nanzenji Temple is one of the most important Zen temples in all of Japan.

Kyoto Imperial Palace

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 Temple

Daitokuji is the head temple of the Rinzai sect’s Daitokuji school of Japanese Zen Buddhism.

Ryoanji Temple

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 and Sagano

Arashiyama is a pleasant, touristy district in the western outskirts of Kyoto.

Katsura Imperial Villa

Katsura Imperial Villa is one of the finest examples of Japanese architecture and garden design.

Kokedera (Moss Temple)

Entrance to this temple requires a reservation made well in advance by email.

Rohan Restaurant

Casual restaurant with first-rate food

Kitaoji Otagi Restaurant

Ceramics made by potters selected by the owners are an additional highlight at this restaurant

Shiruko Restaurant

Famed for its miso soup, all seats in this restaurant face a Noh stage

Tokasaikan Restaurant

Chinese food on the water, with the oldest elevator in Japan

Godan Miyazawa Restaurant

Very small and intimate restaurant (8 seats in all!)

Nakazen Restaurant

A traditional Kyoto-style kaiseki restaurant with a focus on seasonal ingredients

Saami Restaurant

Enjoy traditional dishes & hospitality with a wonderful view of the Kyoto streets in a traditional Japanese-style building

Niku no Takumi Miyoshi Restaurant

One of the top kobe beef restaurants in the country

Kiyomizudera Temple

On the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, Kiyomizudera is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan.

Marykyu Koyamaen Tea House

Marukyu-Koyamaen ranks among the foremost producers of fine teas in Japan.