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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Northwest Kyoto

Kinkaku-ji

Kyoto's famed 'Golden Pavilion', Kinkaku-ji is one of Japan's best-known sights. The main hall, covered in brilliant gold leaf, shining above its reflecting pond is truly spectacular. Needless to say, due to its bea…
Buddhist Temple in Northwest Kyoto

Myōshin-ji

Myōshin-ji is a separate world within Kyoto, a walled-off complex of temples and subtemples that invites lazy strolling. The subtemple of Taizō-in here contains one of the city’s more interesting gardens. Myōshin-ji…
Buddhist Temple in Northwest Kyoto

Ryōan-ji

You’ve probably seen a picture of the rock garden here – it’s one of the symbols of Kyoto and one of Japan’s better-known sights. Ryōan-ji belongs to the Rinzai school and was founded in 1450. The garden, an oblong …
Shinto Shrine in Northwest Kyoto

Kitano Tenman-gū

The most atmospheric Shintō shrine in Northwest Kyoto, Kitano Tenman-gū is also the site of Tenjin-San Market, one of Kyoto’s most popular flea markets. It’s a pleasant spot for a lazy stroll and the shrine building…
Buddhist Temple in Northwest Kyoto

Kōryū-ji

Kōryū-ji, one of the oldest temples in Japan, was founded in 622 to honour Prince Shōtoku, who was an enthusiastic promoter of Buddhism. It’s notable mostly for its collection of Buddhist statuary; a visit with a kn…
Buddhist Temple in Northwest Kyoto

Jingo-ji

This mountaintop temple sits at the summit of a long flight of stairs that stretches from the Kiyotaki-gawa to the temple’s main gate. The Kondō (Gold Hall) is the most impressive of the temple’s structures, located…
Buddhist Temple in Northwest Kyoto

Ninna-ji

Few travellers make the journey all the way out to this sprawling temple complex, but most who do find it a pleasant spot. It’s certainly a good counterpoint to the crowded and more famous temples nearby.Originally …
Buddhist Temple in Northwest Kyoto

Kōzan-ji

Hidden amid a grove of towering cedar trees, this temple is famous for the chuju giga scroll in its collection. It's an ink-brush depiction of frolicking animals that is considered by many to be the precursor of tod…
Buddhist Temple in Northwest Kyoto

Saimyō-ji

About five minutes' walk upstream from the base of the steps that lead to Jingo-ji, this is a fine little temple worth stopping at. The approach over a red wooden bridge is very atmospheric; see if you can find your…
Buddhist Temple in Northwest Kyoto

Taizō-in

This subtemple is in the southwestern corner of the grounds of Myōshin-ji. The kare-sansui (dry landscape) depicting a waterfall and islands is well worth a visit, and there is a tatami-mat tearoom where you can enj…