Things to do in Kyoto

THE 15 BEST Things to Do in Kyoto

Things to Do in Kyoto


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  • Daphne M
    Cardiff, UK223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the advice of many others and went early. Easy to reach as the train station is literally opposite the entrance to the Shrine. We arrived at 7am and there were already quite a few people milling about. We didn’t know how far up we would go but we started climbing and the gates are pretty spectacular and spur you on. As others have said the further up you go the fewer people you see. Great photo opportunities. The mountain forest is truly beautiful and filled with the sounds of birds and monkeys. There are several places to stop and rest as you climb which give you the opportunity to admire the view. The ubiquitous vending machines are amusing as the prices rise as you climb! But I was grateful to purchase some water and also pleased that an early start meant the climb was cooler too. After an hour we reached the top. Delighted by our achievement we enjoyed visiting the Shrine at the top alone - well at least for a few minutes before the next climbers arrived. Definitely a must do!
    Written April 16, 2024
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  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark4,148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The golden temple looks exceptionally good in photos, surrounded by water and picturesque trees. Thousands of selfies and group pictures are taken here every day.

    The area is so small that you can hardly spend more than 30 minutes here. But the five photos you manage to take along the way are so beautiful that they make the entire trip worthwhile.
    Written April 13, 2024
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  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand3,910 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Kiyomizu-dera Temple is great because it encompasses so many different features of appeal, including the huge veranda supported by massive pillars, multiple shrines, pagodas, and forested trails. Located on the mountainside, the temple site offers great views of the sunset as well.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • Daphne M
    Cardiff, UK223 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This temple does not look anything special initially and then you remove your shoes and go inside. WOW! It was quite overwhelming to see the 1001 golden statues of kannon inside. The gold has largely worn away but they are still visually stunning. The wooden floors or ‘nightingale floors’ as they are called were designed to squeak to warn of invaders and it’s quite an experience to hear the noise they make. No photography is allowed inside and largely people were very respectful of t