Attractions

Notable Building in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Kyoto Station

The Kyoto Station building is a striking steel-and-glass structure – a kind of futuristic cathedral for the transport age – with a tremendous space that arches above you as you enter the main concourse. Be sure to t…
Notable Building in Northern Higashiyama

Shūgaku-in Rikyū Imperial Villa

One of the highlights of northeast Kyoto, this superb imperial villa was designed as a lavish summer retreat for the imperial family. Its gardens, with their views down over the city, are worth the trouble it takes …
Notable Building in Kyoto Station & South Kyoto

Sumiya Pleasure House

Sumiya Pleasure House is the last remaining ageya (pleasure house) in the old Shimabara pleasure quarter. Built in 1641, this stately two-storey, 20-room structure allows a rare glimpse into Edo-era nirvana. With it…
Notable Building in Imperial Palace & Around

Kyoto State Guest House

Built in 2005 to welcome foreign dignitaries, the Kyoto State Guest House is not a must-see sight, unless you have a real interest in architecture. English guided 60-minute tours are a bit painfully slow-moving, tak…