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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Imperial Palace & Around

Daitoku-ji

For anyone with the slightest fondness for Japanese gardens, don't miss this network of lanes dotted with atmospheric Zen temples. Daitoku-ji is the main temple here and serves as headquarters for the Rinzai Daitoku…
Top Choice Noodles in Imperial Palace & Around

Kanei

A small traditional place not far from Funaoka Onsen, Kanei is for soba (buckwheat noodles) connoisseurs – the noodles are made by hand here and are delicious. The owners don’t speak much English, so here’s what to …
Top Choice Sweets in Imperial Palace & Around

Kazariya

There are two restaurants at the eastern entrance to Imamiya-jinja specialising in aburi-mochi (grilled rice cakes coated with soya-bean flour) served with miso-dare (sweet-bean paste). Kazariya is on the left side …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Imperial Palace & Around

Kōtō-in

On the far western edge of the Daitoku-ji complex, the sublime garden of this subtemple is one of the best in all Kyoto and it’s worth a special trip, though is closed for renovations until March 2019. It’s located …
Top Choice Cafe in Imperial Palace & Around

Toraya Karyō Kyoto Ichijō

This gorgeous tearoom-cafe is a stone's throw from the west side of the Imperial Palace Park. It's fantastic for a break from sightseeing in this part of town. The menu has some pictures and simple English. You can …
Top Choice Cafe in Imperial Palace & Around

Papa Jon's

A short walk from the north border of the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, this light-filled cafe serves brilliant New York cheesecake and hot drinks. Other menu items include breakfast sets, homemade quiche, soup and ta…
Historic Building in Imperial Palace & Around

Sentō Imperial Palace

The Sentō Gosho is the second imperial property located within the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park (the other one is the Imperial Palace itself). The structures are not particularly grand, but the gardens, laid out in 16…
Historic Building in Imperial Palace & Around

Kyoto Imperial Palace

The Kyoto Imperial Palace, known as the Gosho in Japanese, is a walled complex that sits in the middle of the Kyoto Imperial Palace Park. While no longer the official residence of the Japanese emperor, it's still a …
Shinto Shrine in Imperial Palace & Around

Shimogamo-jinja

This shrine, dating from the 8th century, is a Unesco World Heritage Site. It is nestled in the fork of the Kamo-gawa and Takano-gawa, and is approached along a shady path through the lovely Tadasu-no-mori. This woo…
Park in Imperial Palace & Around

Kyoto Imperial Palace Park

The Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) and Sentō Imperial Palace (Sentō Gosho) are surrounded by the spacious Kyoto Imperial Palace Park, which is planted with a huge variety of flowering trees and open fields. It'…