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Kyoto, Japan – DNM List

DO NOT MISS LIST – Kyoto, Japan:

  1. Kiyomizudera temple – nestled into the mountains, view of the city
  2. Fushimiinari taisha shrine – personal favorite – arrive around 5pm to catch the sunset and see it after dark as well, very cool when illuminated
  3. Tofukuji temple – on the way to Fushimiibari
  4. Ginkakuji temple (silver pavilion) – the walk up to the temple grounds is just as fun as the temple itself, so enjoy the way up and down as well
  5. Kinkakuji temple (golden pavilion) – furtherest from the city center, good to pair with ryoanji
  6. Ryoanji temple – rock garden and landscaped grounds
  7. Gion district (home of the gieshas)
  8. Sanjusangendo Temple – hundreds of golden buddhas inside, beautiful site.  No indoor photography allowed
  9. Kyoto tower – view of entire city, if you’d like to get oriented 
  10. Kyoto station – an enormous above and below ground transport hub that contains your every want and need inside. The buses and trains all depart from here. There are a ton of very good restaurants including affordable/delicious sushi that comes out plate by plate on a conveyer belt. There is also a large super market here with produce, etc. at much better prices than the corner markets.

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