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Kyoto Highlights

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Japan’s former imperial city offers awe-inspiring Shinto and Buddhist temples, beautiful gardens, streets lined with old wooden town houses, and narrow stone lanes where you might see modern-day geisha and stop at an izakaya for a meal.
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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
While Japan often remains aloof to many first-time visitors, Kyoto feels intentionally difficult to get to know—even to Tokyoites who visit frequently. Getting some kind of entrée to hidden gems is especially useful here....
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5 Chome-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-chō, Mishima-gun, Ōsaka-fu 618-0001, Japan
When you've overloaded on visiting Shinto and Buddhist temples, head to this sanctuary of spirits, the ultimate pilgrimage for whiskey aficionados. The Yamazaki Distillery, established in 1923, is Japan’s first and oldest...
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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
D&Department, a youthful shop housed in a 13th-century Bukkoji temple, focuses on designer housewares, kitchen goods, and foods. Conceived by Kenmei Nagaoka, a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, and his students, the store...
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Japan, 〒600-8079 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, Kajiyachō (Sakaimachidōri), 堺町通松原下る鍛冶屋町242
There’s a lot of tourists Instagram-browsing in Kyoto’s famed Nishiki Market shops, which hawk salt-pickled cherry blossoms, barrels of other pickled vegetables, and takoyaki (fried octopus balls). But step off the...
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56 Matsuojingatanichō, Nishikyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 615-8286, Japan
It’s said that the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color. Put the theory to the test at the Koke-dera, or Moss Temple, a veritable spectrum of jades, mints, artichokes, emeralds, and olives. The UNESCO World...
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〒603-8223, 11-1 紫野東藤ノ森町 北区 京都市 京都府 603-8223, Japan
Papermaker Ko Kado exemplifies Kyoto’s commitment to time-honored traditional crafts with his elegant handmade karakami, decorative paper printed with woodblock patterns. The one-man shop and studio in Kyoto’s Nishijin ward...
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1 Kinkakujichō, Kita-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 603-8361, Japan
Built in the 14th century as a villa for a powerful shogun, Kinkaku-ji temple, commonly referred to as the Golden Pavilion, is an easy bus ride from the main bus terminal in Kyoto. The temple is one of the most popular buildings in...
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294 Kiyomizu 1-chōme, Higashiyama-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 605-0862, Japan

Kiyomizu-dera on Mount Otowa is one of the most famous temples in Japan, a place that appears in every sequence of Japanese travel photos. The landscape is all cherry trees and forest; it is among Kyoto's loveliest spots. The current structure...

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68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-0882, Japan

Fushimi Inari Taisha on Inariyama mountain is dedicated to the Shinto gods of rice and sake, but Inari is also the god of merchants and that brings a lot of businesspeople to worship here. Everyone else stops by to see the thousands...

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Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 602-0881, Japan

In 794 C.E., Emperor Kammu moved Japan’s capital to Kyoto, chiefly to keep the large Buddhist monasteries in the former capital of Nara from amassing even more power than they already had. (The capital and emperor moved to Tokyo in...

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Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
This under-loved 60-acre green space on the east bank of the Kamo River with 120,000 plants and more than 12,000 species is one of the best spots in Kyoto to reflect on nature. The garden has extensive cherry tree groves, tropical...