24. Kyoto  JAPAN  | Total Sights: 35+  |  Nickname: City of Ten Thousand Shrines

 

 

 

 

by Damien Gabrielson / CC BY-SA 3.0

A. Strengths and Weaknesses of Kyoto

Japan  Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868 and is considered as the country's cultural capital, containing an immense number of extraordinary temples, shrines and gardens.

Among the best known of these are Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji and the Kiyomizu-dera, with its spectacular views over the city.

Spared from earthquakes and the onslaught of the Second World War and having opted for clean industry, Kyoto has retained its architectural integrity.

 The city scores high in cleanliness, safety, and sights and offers also a solid pedestrian zone (mainly Teramachi and Shinkyogoku-dori and parts of the Gion district).

 Kyoto has a relatively high price level and you have to expect rather bad weather most of the year.

Criteria 

Sights

Location

Pedestrian Zones

Affordability

Safety 

Cleanliness

Shopping

Climate

People

Nightlife 

Transport

Size

Total Score

Score

7.40/10

6.75/10

6.25/10

3.5/10

8.5/10 [9th]

8.5/10 [7th]

6/10

2.75/10

5.75/10

5.5/10

7/10

7/10 [1.475 Mio.]

192.95

B. Best Things to Do in Kyoto (Detailed List with Photos and Information)

These sights and attractions contribute to a sights score of 7.40/10.

GOLDEN PAVILION (KINKAKU-JI)  8
Kinkaku-ji Temple or the Golden Pavilion is an extremely famous is a three-story Zen Buddhist temple, situated in a pond and encircled by gorgeously manicured gardens.

The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf. The present pavilion structure dates from 1955, when it was rebuilt after a novice monk set fire to the 14th-century original.

Temple  (World Heritage Site since 1994)

Best things to do in Kyoto | Best Cities | No. 20: Kyoto | GOLDEN PAVILION (KINKAKU-JI, temple)

KIYOMIZU-DERA  7
Constructed in 1633, Kiyomizu-dera Temple is famous for the wooden veranda, supported by 139 pillars, that projects out from the main hall and offers a stunning view of Kyoto and beyond.

There is not a single nail used in the entire structure.

Temple  (World Heritage Site since 1994)

by Martin Falbisoner / CC BY-SA 4.0

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine  7
The main reason most tourists visit this very important Shinto shrine is to explore the mountain trails with its spectacular rows of close to 10,000 red and orange lacquered torii gates.

The custom to donate a torii started to spread in the Edo period in the 17th century.  Furthermore several of the shrine buildings themselves are remarkable.

Shrine

by BriYYZ / CC BY-SA 2.0

SILVER PAVILION (GINKAKU-JI)  7
Completed in 1482 this 2-storied pavilion is known for its elegancy combining different architectural styles as well as for its beautifully designed and maintained surrounding gardens.

The Silver Pavilion is not actually silver, but the initial plans were to cover its exterior in silver foil in imitation of the Golden Pavilion.

Temple  (World Heritage Site since 1994)

Best Things to do in Kyoto | Best Cities in the World | Kyoto | SILVER PAVILION (GINKAKU-JI, temple)

Heian Shrine  6
Shrine

Best Things to do in Kyoto | Best Cities | Kyoto | Heian Shrine

NIJŌ CASTLE  6
Castle  (World Heritage Site since 1994, built 1679)

Things to do in Kyoto | Best Cities | No. 20: Kyoto | Nijō Castle

Kyoto Imperial Palace and Garden  6
Palace

Gion  6
City District

Best Things to do in Kyoto | Best Cities | Kyoto |  Gion

by Kanchi1979 / CC BY-SA 4.0

Sanjusangendo Temple  6
Temple

Sanjusangendo Temple

by Jorobeq / CC BY-SA 3.0

Kyoto Station  5
Railway Station

Things to do in Kyoto | Best Cities | Kyoto | Kyoto Station

Scoring and Icons Legend (Click here for detailed information)

10 = top-10 sight in the world
9 = world-class  
8 = outstanding
7 = excellent 
6 = impressive
5 = interesting
4 = decent
3 = mediocre
2 = bad
1 = abysmal

= World Heritage Site
= Excursion

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C. Other Notable Sights and Attractions in Kyoto

-Daitoku-ji (temple)  5

-Katsura Imperial Villa  5

D. Best Day Trips and Excursions from Kyoto

HISTORIC MONUMENTS OF ANCIENT NARA (34 km from Kyoto, World Heritage Site since 1998)  7

Osaka (city, 56 km from Kyoto, 1 h 5 min by train)  6

E. Top 10 List of the Best Things to Do in Kyoto (including close-by excursions)

GOLDEN PAVILION (KINKAKU-JI, temple)  8
KIYOMIZU-DERA (temple)  7
 Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine  7
 SILVER PAVILION (GINKAKU-JI, temple)  7
Heian Shrine  6
NIJŌ CASTLE  6
Kyoto Imperial Palace and Garden  6
Gion (city district)  6
Sanjusangendo Temple  6
 Kyoto Station (modern building)  5

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