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Nijo Castle

  In 1601, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate, ordered all the feudallords in Western Japan to contribute to the construction of Nijō Castle, which was completed during the reign of Tokugawa Iemitsu in 1626. Parts of Fushimi Castle, such as the main tower and the karamon, were moved here in 1625-26. It was built as the Kyoto residence of …

Kinkakuji Temple

  Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion, is one of Kyoto’s most iconic landmarks. It’s somewhere absolutely everyone visits when they go to Kyoto, …

Philosopher’s Path (Kyoto)

  The Philosopher’s Path (Wikipedia) is a beautiful stone path through the northern part of Kyoto’s Higashiyama district. The path follows a small canal which …

Ginkakuji Temple

  There are two ‘metallic’ temples in Kyoto. Ginkakuji (Official Site | Wikipedia) is the silver one. While not as famous as …

Arashiyama Scenic Area

  Arashiyama (嵐山) (Wikipedia) is a lovely, nature-centric area in western Kyoto. The area has been a popular destination since the Heian Period (794-1185). Arashiyama is particularly …

Mount Hiei (比叡山) Area

  Mount Hiei Hike Garden Museum Hiei Enryakuji Temple Kokuhoden Museum Mt. Hiei (Wikipedia) is the second highest mountain in Kyoto, at 848 meters …

Mt. Ōe (大江山)

  Mention Mt. Ōe to any Japanese person, and they’ll likely start indulging you in the legends of the many oni (demons) that roam …

Mt. Minago (皆子山)

  Mt. Minago is the tallest peak in Kyoto Prefecture and one of the most secluded mountains in the Kitayama range. The …

Mt. Aoba (青葉山)

  Mt. Aoba, also known by the nickname of Wakasa-fuji, is a twin-peaked volcanic cone rising proudly from Wakasa bay in northern …

Mount Yura (由良ヶ岳)

  Rising from the mouth of the Yura river in northern Kyoto Prefecture, Mt. Yura is a fantastic day hike for those …

Kamogawa River Beach

 Kyoto’s most famous river, which flows right through the middle of the city, probably wouldn’t come to mind as an ideal swimming …

Kibune River Beach

 Lying up in the hills of north Kyoto, this river is a far cry from the touristpacked streets of the city. The …

Takano River Beach at Yase

 Another city spot, Yase in Kyoto’s northeastern quarter is both easily accessible and great for families in the mood for fun. Walking …

Fushimi Inari

  Fushimi-inari Taisha (Official Site | Wikipedia) is a beautiful shrine just outside Kyoto, Japan, famous for its many red gates (torii). Rain …