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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.
Landmark
“7 mins by bus from Nyosui Kan or you can reach there 20 mins or so on foot as well”
  • 197 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Kinkakuji Temple, also called the Golden Pavilion is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Kyoto. A must-see destination! Especially beautiful in fall. Distance: 30minutes by bus (bus n.204, 230JPY) Entrance fee: 400 for adults, 300 for children Opening hours: 9:00~17:00”
  • 145 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Kiyomizudera Temple is one of the landmarks of Higashiyama District and a must-see destination. Distance: 12minutes' walk Opening hours: 6:00~18:00 Entrance fee: 400JPY”
  • 210 locals recommend
Shrine
“Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most popular destinations in Kyoto among tourists. The shrine is famous for its thousand of tori gates. Distance: 34minutes by train (Keihan Line, 210JPY) Entrance fee: free Opening hours: 24/7”
  • 181 locals recommend
Palace
“Kyoto Imperial Palace was the Imperial Family's residence until 1868. Kyoto Imperial Park, which surround the Palace, is an ideal place to walk and relax. You can enjoy reading a book on a bench, do your morning run, do a picnic, etc. To visit the Imperial Palace, you need to reserve in advance. Distance: 21minutes' walk from Kogane-an Entrance fee: Free”
  • 140 locals recommend
Shrine
“Yasaka Shrine is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto and is well-known for its festival, Gion Matsuri which is hold in summer. All year long, you can enjoy eating at food stands. ”
  • 112 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. ”
  • 81 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Kyoto Manga Museum is a good place for manga lovers. You can read manga (mainly in Japanese) all day long! Distance: 12minutes' walk from Kogane-an Entrance fee: 800JPY for adults, 300JPY for Junion High-High School students, 100JPY for children Opening hours: 10:00~18:00 (closed on Wednesday)”
  • 112 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
Shopping Mall
“The Expo’70 Commemorative Park is about 260 Hectares. In the huge park, there are a part of facilities of the Expo’70, such as the Japanese Garden and the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Osaka. Parking lots at that time were converted into sporting facilities and recreation spots. The site of theme pavilions is forests and seasonal flower gardens now. The park is known as a cultural park embracing natural environment. You can relax in the park. The park has five areas; the Japanese Garden, the Natural and Cultural Gardens, cultural institution area, sports and recreation area, and parking area.”
  • 32 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.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“The Byōdō-in Temple, established in AD 988, boasts many unique buildings, shrines, and artworks worthy of a visit.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Ginkakuji Temple, also called the Silver Pavilion, is also a famous sight of Kyoto. A must-see destination! Distance: 28minutes by bus (bus n.204 and 93 , 230JPY) Entrance fee: 500 for adults, 300 for children Opening hours: 8:30~17:00 (9:00~16:30 from December to February)”
  • 79 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
Museum
“Opened in 1897, the Kyoto National Museum (京都国立博物館, Kyōto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) is one of Japan's oldest and most distinguished museums. It is one of only four top-level national museums alongside the Tokyo National Museum, Nara National Museum and Kyushu National Museum. The museum's permanent collection is presented to the public in rotating exhibitions and consists of a wide variety of cultural properties, including archaeological relics, sculptures, ceramics, calligraphy, costumes and paintings. It is housed in the spacious galleries of the Heisei Chishinkan, a building designed by Taniguchi Yoshio and opened in 2014. The architect is also known for the Horyuji Homotsukan at the Tokyo National Museum, the Sea Life Aquarium at Tokyo's Kasai Rinkai Park, the Mimoca Art Museum in Marugame and his redesign of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In addition to the permanent exhibitions, temporary special exhibitions are held in the museum's original main building that was constructed during the Meiji Period in 1895. Renamed the Meiji Kotokan, the redbrick building, together with the similarly styled main entrance gates, are beautiful examples of Meiji architecture and have been designated as important cultural properties. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Toji Temple (東寺, Tōji), literally "East Temple", was founded at the beginning of the Heian Period just after the capital was moved to Kyoto in the late 700s. The large temple, together with its now defunct sister temple Saiji ("West Temple"), flanked the south entrance to the city and served as the capital's guardian temples. Toji Temple is one of Kyoto's many UNESCO world heritage sites. About thirty years after the temple's establishment, Kobo Daishi, the founder of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism, was appointed head priest of Toji, and the temple became one of the most important Shingon temples besides the sect's headquarters on Mount Koya. Kobo Daishi also added many of the large wooden buildings that stand on the grounds today.”
  • 88 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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.”
  • 120 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
“A famous chain store that sells some insane flavors. Unlike your normal chain store, Ippudo does not cheap out for anything. Experience delicious properly made ramen that is with out a doubt tasty!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
“京都といえば名物のゆどうふ! 旬の食材をふんだんに使用した京会席を四季折々の美しい庭園を眺めながら、ゆったりとお召し上がりいただけます。 食後には順正書院のあるお庭の散策など、南禅寺順正だから味わえる、京都ならではの贅沢な時間を過ごすことができます。 Nanzenji Junsei is a Japanese restaurant located near Nanzen-ji Temple that is famous for its simple but superb tofu dishes. Here you can savour the subtle flavour of Yudofu (tofu in hot broth) served with spring onions, ginger or red peppers. You can enjoy traditional dishes while admiring the scenery of the restaurant’s beautifully maintained Japanese garden. You can even take a walk around the vast stroll garden after your meal. It’s perfect for vegetarians!!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
“It is a popular sweet shop where you can eat delicious parfaits while in Japan. We can recommend because it is close to various temples.”
  • 12 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“京の焼肉処 弘 京都駅前店(Yakiniku Restauran Hiro) Cheap and it is delicious Yakiniku Restauran’s. I am also going to eat well!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Ok so sushi is expensive, but fear not! Kurazushi is here to save your wallet and your appetite for delicious sushi with plates that only cost 100 Yen! Not to mention its a conveyer belt style restaurant so it adds a bit of fun to it!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Ramen Restaurant
“Delicious Japanese noodle famous for its soup. It customizes the service for different needs of quests. Before ordering, the staff will give you a sheet that you can choose your own taste. Even one person can have a meal easily and don't feel pressure in the shop because there are seats for one person.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“(Omen) This branch of Kyoto's famed Omen noodle chain is the best place to stop while exploring the Southern Higashiyama district. It's in a re modelled Japanese building with a light, it airy feeling. The signature udon (thick white ar wheat noodles) are delicious and there are many other la carte offerings.”
  • 5 locals recommend

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