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Sightseeing and landmarks in Kyoto

Art museums

Art Museum
“Kyoto Manga Museum is a good place for manga lovers. You can read manga (mainly in Japanese) all day long! Distance: 12minutes' walk from Kogane-an Entrance fee: 800JPY for adults, 300JPY for Junion High-High School students, 100JPY for children Opening hours: 10:00~18:00 (closed on Wednesday)”
  • 112 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art is second oldest public museum in Japan. It was designed by Japanese architect Kenjiro Maeda and constructed in 1933. You can see Japanese tradition design in western influence. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This museum is renowned for its Japanese ceramics and paintings. There is an outstanding permanent collection, which includes many pottery pieces by Kawai Kanjirō. The coffee shop here is a nice place for a break and overlooks a picturesque canal. The museum also hosts regular special exhibitions, so check the website for what's on.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Museum
“You like city plans and models? The Museum of Kyoto is the place where you can see how the city was before the modern times.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Kyoto Hosomi Art museum. The Hosomi Art Foundation holds diverse exhibitions around the 1000-piece Japanese art collection. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Museum
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Art Museum
“京都駅 烏丸口 Kyoto Station Karasuma-guchi Bus Stop Pls use this Bus Stop to get on Route 17(Kyoto City Bus) ”
  • 3 locals recommend

History museums

Museum
“Opened in 1897, the Kyoto National Museum (京都国立博物館, Kyōto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) is one of Japan's oldest and most distinguished museums. It is one of only four top-level national museums alongside the Tokyo National Museum, Nara National Museum and Kyushu National Museum. The museum's permanent collection is presented to the public in rotating exhibitions and consists of a wide variety of cultural properties, including archaeological relics, sculptures, ceramics, calligraphy, costumes and paintings. It is housed in the spacious galleries of the Heisei Chishinkan, a building designed by Taniguchi Yoshio and opened in 2014. The architect is also known for the Horyuji Homotsukan at the Tokyo National Museum, the Sea Life Aquarium at Tokyo's Kasai Rinkai Park, the Mimoca Art Museum in Marugame and his redesign of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, temporary special exhibitions are held in the museum's original main building that was constructed during the Meiji Period in 1895. Renamed the Meiji Kotokan, the redbrick building, together with the similarly styled main entrance gates, are beautiful examples of Meiji architecture and have been designated as important cultural properties. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
History Museum
“National Ethnographic Museum, a cultural facility located at the Expo Memorial Park. The exhibits collected from all over the world can be arranged in a row and you can learn the diverse culture of every region. There are also some strange items that can not be caught in common sense. It is definitely exciting to meet the strange Kiteretsu in the world!”
  • 11 locals recommend
History Museum
“Hours 10:00am-5:00pm (For an entry, until 4:30) Closed Tuesday Year-end and new year 12/29-1/2.”
  • 43 locals recommend
History Museum
“It it one of the famous large parks. You can play soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball and so on. In spring, you can enjoy hanami.”
  • 14 locals recommend
History Museum
“Learn sake making process and try fresh brew. Admission 300 yen with a small souvenir bottle. Open daily except Aug 13 - 16 and Dec 28 - Jan 4.”
  • 20 locals recommend
History Museum
“Ryukoku Museum is the largest museum in the world completely dedicated to Buddhist artifacts.”
  • 4 locals recommend
History Museum

Scenic lookouts

Zoo
“Iwatayama Monkey Park (Japanese: 嵐山モンキーパーク, Arashiyama Monkī Pāku) is a commercial park located in Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan. The park is on Mt Arashiyama, on the same side of the Oi River as the train station. It is inhabited by a troop of over 170 Japanese macaque monkeys. The animals are wild but can be fed food purchased at the site.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“京都タワーの地下にあります。いろんなお店が集まるフードホール形式になっているので、みんなで好きな飲み物・食べ物を持ち寄ることができます。夜の雰囲気もいいですよ。”
  • 1 local recommends
Zoo
“Iwatayama Monkey Park (Japanese: 嵐山モンキーパーク, Arashiyama Monkī Pāku) is a commercial park located in Arashiyama in Kyoto, Japan. The park is on Mt Arashiyama, on the same side of the Oi River as the train station. It is inhabited by a troop of over 170 Japanese macaque monkeys. The animals are wild but can be fed food purchased at the site.”
  • 1 local recommends
Building
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Monument / Landmark
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Scenic Viewpoint
“Accessible by cable car and ropeway. Kikusei Dai overlooks a dynamic night view of Kobe, or one of the 3 greatest night views in Japan. The sky color at the point of the setting sun takes on a gradation of warm tones and bleeds into cobalt blue. The night views offer glamorous glow dotted with lights of the downtown.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
Monument / Landmark

Historic sites

Buddhist Temple
“Kinkakuji Temple, also called the Golden Pavilion is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Kyoto. A must-see destination! Especially beautiful in fall. Distance: 30minutes by bus (bus n.204, 230JPY) Entrance fee: 400 for adults, 300 for children Opening hours: 9:00~17:00”
  • 145 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Beautiful place. The best season is Autumn. Autumn leaves are really beautiful. 紅葉がとてもきれいでした(^-^)”
  • 213 locals recommend
Shrine
“Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most popular destinations in Kyoto among tourists. The shrine is famous for its thousand of tori gates. Distance: 34minutes by train (Keihan Line, 210JPY) Entrance fee: free Opening hours: 24/7”
  • 182 locals recommend
Palace
“Kyoto Imperial Palace was the Imperial Family's residence until 1868. Kyoto Imperial Park, which surround the Palace, is an ideal place to walk and relax. You can enjoy reading a book on a bench, do your morning run, do a picnic, etc. To visit the Imperial Palace, you need to reserve in advance. Distance: 21minutes' walk from Kogane-an Entrance fee: Free”
  • 141 locals recommend
Shrine
“Yasaka Shrine is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto and is well-known for its festival, Gion Matsuri which is hold in summer. All year long, you can enjoy eating at food stands. Distance: 17 minutes' walk Opening hours: 24/7 Entrance fee: free”
  • 113 locals recommend
Shrine
“Fushimi Inari(伏見稲荷大社)" Shrine is a popular spot for foreign tourists.The scenery that countless torii lined is magnificent.”
  • 121 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Ginkakuji Temple, also called the Silver Pavilion, is also a famous sight of Kyoto. A must-see destination! Distance: 28minutes by bus (bus n.204 and 93 , 230JPY) Entrance fee: 500 for adults, 300 for children Opening hours: 8:30~17:00 (9:00~16:30 from December to February)”
  • 80 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“At this place, you can see thousand statues of Buddha. They are so great. You will feel something mysterious there. Sanjusangendo is close to Kyoto National Museum, so you should go both.”
  • 68 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
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Library
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Library
“This is the nearest public library. Almost all the books here are written in Japanese. How about studying here if you are not good at using the Japanese language?”
  • 1 local recommends