Kyoto, Japan's cultural capital, overflows with beautiful homes, traditional buildings, and scores of shrines and temples! With so much to choose from, it’s easy to get overwhelmed! Journey through the best of the best with our collection of must-see Kyoto temples.
One Day in Kyoto: How to See All the Famous Temples in the Most Efficient Manner!
Though an ideal Kyoto trip requires several days, such ample time is an impossibility for most! As such, it’s natural to want to see as many temples as you can, as efficiently as possible! With this in mind, we crafted a whirlwind tour of Kyoto packing as much in as humanly possible. Busy travelers, take note!
Inside Sanjusangen-do Temple, Kyoto's Spectacular Temple of a 1,000 Gold Statues
Inside Sanjusangen-do’s dimly lit main hall, 1000 golden statues of the Thousand-Armed Kannon goddess glimmer in a breathtaking display. This surreal, mystical atmosphere conjures indescribable awe, making it an unmissable addition for lovers of the spiritual. Best of all, getting there is a breeze - just a 10-minute bus ride from Kyoto Station or 15 minutes on foot!
Take an in-depth look at Sanjusangen-do Temple and the surrounding area with LIVE JAPAN’s comprehensive guide here!
Ultimate Kiyomizudera Temple Guide: Visiting Kyoto's Most Famous Sightseeing Spot!
Reportedly opened in the year 778, Kiyomizudera Temple is a designated world heritage site and arguably Kyoto’s best sight! Its 130,000 square meter premises, situated halfway up the side of Mt. Otowayama, boasts over 30 equally stunning buildings and monuments.
Get an insider look at this enchanting wonder with our Kiyomizudera Temple guide here!
Guide to Tenryuji: Most Popular Attraction in the Arashiyama Area!
Considered the most important Zen temple in Kyoto's Arashiyama area, Tenryuji is on the bucket list of temple fans worldwide. Its gorgeous garden, which comes alive with fiery foliage in autumn, is a huge draw for visitors and locals alike.
Covered with tantalizing details often missed by those in a rush, Tenryuji’s grounds are a treasure trove rewarding those with sharp eyes! To help unveil these sacred secrets, we present LIVE JAPAN’s guide to Tenryuji.
Ginkaku-ji Temple and Its Must-See Spots!
Ginkaku-ji Temple is known for its harmonious bond of clean white sand and lush moss in its neatly manicured Zen garden. From the camellias of spring and summer to the snow-scape of winter, it has also earned a tremendous reputation exemplifying the beauty of the different seasons.
Get stuck into Ginkaku-ji’s evocative history and culture with our complete guide here!
No Kyoto trip is complete without a temple visit! Bastions of ancient spirituality and idyllic harmony, no matter your culture or beliefs, Kyoto’s temples are bound to relax, calm, and take your breath away!
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