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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shrine
“Heian Jingu Shrine is a must-see destination of Kyoto! The garden is of an outstanding beauty. Distance: 27minutes' walk from Tsuyukusa-an Entrance fee: -Shrine grounds: free -Garden : 600JPY for adults, 300 for children Opening hours: -Shrine: 6:00~17:30 -Garden: 6:00~17:00”
  • 59 locals recommend
Shrine
“You can enjoy a Japanese flea market in Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine 25th every month. There are many antique Japanese items. ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Ryoanji Temple is well-known for its beautiful rock garden. Distance: 47minutes by bus (bus n.59, 230JPY) Entrance fee: 500 for adults, 300 for children Opening hours: 8:00~17:00 (From December to February close at 16:30)”
  • 58 locals recommend
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“Umekoji Park (Umekoji Koen) is a large, multi-purpose park west of Kyoto Station in the south of Kyoto. The large grounds of the park are home to the Kyoto Aquarium and the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum. Umekoji Park has wide open spaces for ball games and leisurely picnics as well as a walking course and a children's play area with swings and slides. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Trail
“Arashiyama District is well-known for its river sceneries and its bamboo grove. Distance: 53minutes by bus (bus n.93/63/66, 230JPY)”
  • 60 locals recommend
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Transportation
“Modern landmark of Kyoto. Standing 131 meters tall just across from Kyoto Station, Kyoto Tower (京都タワー) is Kyoto's tallest structure and a rare modern iconic landmark in the city famous for its ancient temples and shrines. The tower was completed in 1964, the same year as the opening of the shinkansen and the Tokyo Olympics.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“Maruyama Park is famous as a cherry blossom spot. Distance: 19 minutes' walk Opening hours: 24/7 Entrance fee: free”
  • 44 locals recommend
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Shrine
“Kamigamo Shrine's sister shrine. Despite being in the city,there are ancient virgin forests and clear streams.”
  • 62 locals recommend
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Park
“It is famous "Taiyonoto". That look is very strange but it is symbol in this area. In the night, that's eyes shine, you will be surprised. Near, there is a big shopping mall, you can also enjoy shopping.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Ujigami-jinja Shrine is a remnant of the distant past, the oldest extant shrine architecture in Japan. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“You may see lots of maple trees inside of the temple grounds. Especially, in a spot nearby the Three Gates is very popular with the saying of “what an impressive site, what an impressive site” by a famous thief Goemon in the Kabuki show. This is the best place to see marvelous view of red leaves around the Kyoto City. It is also worth seeing the garden of Chisen Kaiyu Style (pond at the center and surrounding garden path style) located in the Nanzen-In Tenjyuan In Spring, the temple grounds will also be full of cherry blossoms. The temple grounds are so huge that it is difficult to point out the best spot, but I am sure that you will be happy visiting Kyoto after you enjoys the collaboration of white wall, garden path and cherry blossoms.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Tofukuji (東福寺, Tōfukuji) is a large Zen temple in southeastern Kyoto that is particularly famous for its spectacular autumn colors. The temple was founded in 1236 at the behest of the powerful Fujiwara clan. Its name is a combination of the names of two great temples in Nara that were also associated with the Fujiwara, Todaiji Temple and Kofukuji Temple. Tofukuji has historically been one of the principal Zen temples in Kyoto, and is a head temple of one of the schools of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. In autumn, people come from all over Japan to see Tofukuji's autumn colors. The most popular view is of the Tsutenkyo Bridge, which spans a valley of lush maple trees. The view from the bridge is equally spectacular, and the 100 meter long, covered walkway becomes extremely crowded when the colors reach their peak, usually around mid to late November. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Everything you need is at the mall from super markets to movie theatres to money exchangers”
  • 58 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
Theme Park
“Toei Kyoto Studio Park is the only theme park in Japan where you can observe the filming of period dramas (jidaigeki films). Here you can walk freely around the Toei Kyoto Studio film set. This set depicts a street from the Edo period, and is used to shoot more than 200 films per year. Enjoy the atmosphere of ancient Japan by taking in a ninja show maybe even dressing up as a geisha or samurai. You will find all kinds of entertainment for both the young and the old, in this world of imagination and creation. Have a great time!”
  • 45 locals recommend
Museum
“This museum introduce about train and railway. In here, we can "see, touch, and experience". Everyone ,come here enjoy them. How about watching Japan's train? ”
  • 46 locals recommend