6 BRILLIANT THINGS TO DO IN KYOTO

1. Fushimi Inari Shrine…………… As far as Shinto shrines go in Japan, there are lots! There are are about 400 in Kyoto and Fushimi Inari Shrine is pretty special one. Perched on top of a hill in southern Kyoto, Fushimi Inari is a 1,300-year-old temple. It was built to be dedicated to Inari, the Shinto deity of rice and sake. This is Japanese rice wine. It is a truly beautiful place and well worth a visit.

2. Kiyomizu Temple

This beautiful temple is on Otowa Mountain in eastern Kyoto. Kiyomizu Temple amazes travelers, as it has jaw dropping natural scenery, which visitors say is best viewed from the verandah off the temple's main building. There is a place called the "stage," and it sits atop huge pillars more than 40 feet above the hillside. It gives visitors beautiful panoramas of the surrounding gorgeous lush forest. These views are even more beautiful in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The picture you take will be stunning, so don't forget you camera!

3. Gion

Recent visitors to Gion are amazed by its quaintness. It a a small places and can easily walk around. It can be good to take picture but note that hordes of camera-wielding tourists can detract from the scenery. This neighborhood is known for its charming historic Japanese features. It has gorgeous tea houses, willow-lined roads, kaiseki, restaurants and wooden ryokan. It is a must place to visit if you are in Kyoto.

4. Arashiyama

Arashiyama is a quaint neighborhood surrounded by trees and mountains on the western edge of Kyoto. The neighborhood's most iconic landmark is the wooden Togetsukyo Bridge, which has spanned the Katsura River since 1934. It makes a great spot for admiring cherry blossoms or changing fall foliage, depending on the season. Or you can rent a paddle boat to enjoy the scenery from the water. On either end of the bridge are a number of shops, restaurants, temples and gardens to explore.

5. Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple to see its Zen rock garden and lots of people visit it. It is probably the most popular of its kind in Japan. It is situated in Kyoto's northern outskirts. It was the temple was built in 1450. It is a really calming place and its white pebbles that surround 15 larger rocks, were laid sometime during the Muromachi period (1392-1573). It is lots of history and is a stunning place.
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