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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.

Point of Interest
“Nijo Castle (二条城, Nijōjō) was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of the first Shogun of the Edo Period. Nijo Castle was used as an imperial palace after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1867. The castle was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Outside of the Ninomaru Palace extends the Ninomaru Garden, a traditional Japanese landscape garden with a large pond, ornamental stones and manicured pine trees. it is extremely beautiful during the cherry blossom season. It is no doubt Kyoto's most popular and impressive sights”
  • 194 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
Shrine
“Let's walk while stepping on step by step the mysterious 150m surrounded by amber light.”
  • 181 locals recommend
  • 40 Experiences
Palace
“This is a house of Tennno. It has a big space to walk. If you go to here when spring, you can see the most beautiful Sakura.”
  • 138 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Shrine
“Yasaka Shrine, once called Gion Shrine, is a Shinto shrine located in Gion. It is also the most famous shrine in Kyoto, and is a host shrine for Kyoto's Gion Matsuri festival. Inside the shrine is a pleasant garden - a popular spot for hanami cherry-viewing parties in spring. Yasaka Shrine is also reputedly popular among geisha and a number of the shrine's many annual festivals are attended by them.”
  • 110 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Art Museum
“You can know the history of various manga in Japan. We are busy with foreigners. There is also an open space, so the children are very happy!”
  • 108 locals recommend
Souvenir Shop
“This is a very famous aquarium in this area. The grass as I look up, we can see so many kinds of fish. These makes not only your eyes but also your mind so happy. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Market
“Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba) is a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi. Nishiki Market has a pleasant but busy atmosphere that is inviting to those who want to explore the variety of culinary delights that Kyoto is famous for. The stores found throughout the market range in size from small narrow stalls to larger two story shops. Most specialize in a particular type of food, and almost everything sold at the market is locally produced and procured.”
  • 81 locals recommend
  • 8 Experiences
Buddhist Temple
“Toji (Koh Gokoku-ji), famous for its five-storied pagoda (National Treasure), is a public temple (a national temple) that was erected along with the transfer of Heian.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“At this place, you can see thousand statues of Buddha. They are so great. You will feel something mysterious there. Sanjusangendo is close to Kyoto National Museum, so you should go both.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Shrine
“Fushimi Inari(伏見稲荷大社)" Shrine is a popular spot for foreign tourists.The scenery that countless torii lined is magnificent.”
  • 121 locals recommend
Museum
“This red brick museum was built in 1895. It is a designated Important Cultural Asset. Its extensive collection is focused on ancient Oriental art and antiques from both China and Japan. The garden, featuring a fountain and many statues, is a beautiful place to relax.”
  • 56 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Shrine
“You can enjoy a Japanese flea market in Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine 25th every month. There are many antique Japanese items. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“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
Café
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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. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“In autumn, in this temple, colored leaves are the highlight. And this temple is the one of the oldest and biggest in Japan. You are worth going!”
  • 53 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Shopping Mall
“Everything you need is at the mall from super markets to movie theatres to money exchangers”
  • 58 locals recommend