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Kyoto guide: Top 10 sites to visit and annual events and festivals

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Introduction

There are many places to visit in Kyoto. In this post, I’ll show you the sites not to be missed: 5 popular ones and 5 underrated ones. The underrated ones are so overlooked you might not know even the names of them. On the latter part, you can see popular annual events in Kyoto. Enjoy the ones you would like. 合掌

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Popular Sites

#1 Kiyomizudera temple

Kiyomizudera temple is one of the most popular destination for domestic/foreign tourists. After the renovation ended in 2020, we can enjoy the newborn main hall and other builings.

#2 Kinakakuji temple

Kinkakuij is a golden pagoda glitters in an extraordinary garden. It was constructed in the 14th century. It was caught by fire in 1950 and rebuilt 5 years of the incident as designed in the 14th century.

#3 Ryoanji temple

Ryoanji has the most famous Karesansui garden in the world. The meaning of it remains secret but it tells you the way to live in the moment-by-moment basis.

Ryoanji: Zen rock garden facts
This article is the most precise information on the rock garden and Ryoanji temple. The garden is the most famous dry ga...

#4 Ginkakuji temple

Ginkakuji is also known as the silver pavilion though it has been never plastered with silver. It shows us Wabi-Sabi extravaganza in simplicity.

The Ultimate Ginkakuji Temple Guide in Kyoto
Ginkakuji temple a.k.a. as the silver pavilion represents the origin of the Japanese cultural inheritance. Let us learn ...

#5 Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushijmi Inari Tasisha is famous for its Senbon Torii gates. It’s pure fun to have Oyama Meguri hike there.

Fushimi Inari Taisha: Hike trough thousands of Torii with Foxes
Overview In this article, you can learn about Fushimi Inari Taisha ; Its history, Senbon Torii gates,   foxes, and Oyam...
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Underrated sites

#1 Saihoji temple

Saihoji is not an “overlooked” place but it is not easy to get there. We can visit there without reservation in Japanese. The garden has a great influence on the that of Kinakkuji and Ginkakuji.

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本稿では苔寺との名称でも知られる京都西芳寺の歴史、苔、みどころ、申込方法、アクセスにつき詳細にご紹介いたします。合掌

#2 Komyoin temple

Komyoin is a masterpiece of Mirei Shigemori, the most prominent garden artist in the 20th century. Enjoy the Karesansui avant-garde.

Komyoin temple, the best Zen garden in Kyoto
Komyoin is solemn, uderrated temple but has the best Zen garden to meditate in Kyoto. Let us visit there in four seasons and enjoy cherry blossoms, autumn leaves, and snow!

#3 Tenjuan temple

Tenjuan is a small sub-temple of Nanzenji temple. It has fascinating 2 gardens with tranquility.

Tenjuan garden: Autumn leaves and night illumination in Kyoto
The precise info on Tenjuan garden in fall; Autumn leaves, night illumination, zen garden, the best time to visit, and more!

#4 Rurikoin temple

Rurikoin is not open to public. Only spring and fall, we are allowed to visit there to admire amazing the “reflection” on the lacquered table.

Rurikoin in Fresh Green Aomomiji 2022: 瑠璃光院青もみじ英語で説明
Rurikoin is one of the most underrated place to admire Aomomiji (Maple leaves in fresh green) though it established its reputation as a place to enjoy autumn leaves butIn this post, I'll show you how amazing it is.
Autumn leaves in Rurikoin in Kyoto 2020: Make reservation to see "Yukamomiji." 瑠璃光院の紅葉英語で説明
In 2020, Rurikoin is open to us from 1 October to 10 December. We are not allowed to enter it without reservation to enjoy Autumn leaves and 'Yukamomiji."

#5 Rengeji temple

Rengeji is a small temple with a garden that tells us what calmness is.

Rengeji temple in Kyoto with a tranquil garden supreme
Rengeji is one of the most underrated Buddhist temple with extraordinary garden suitable for meditation. The garden stands for a paradise in Buddhism and has amazing autumn leaves.
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The 3 great festivals in Kyoto

Aoi Matsuri festival

Aoi Matsuri festival in kyoto 2022: CANCELED due to COVID-19
Due to COVID-19, Aoi Matsuri festival 2022 is canceled. In this article, with many photos and videos, you can see the way to enjoy Aoi matsuri festival. Its history, the rituals going with it, the famous parade.
Saiohdai Gyokei no Gi 2022 CANCELED: The most famous ritual prior to Aoi matsuri festival in Kyoto
Saiohdai Gyokei no Gi was canceled due to COVID-19 though it is one of the most important rituals held prior to Aoi matsuri festival. In this article, we learn about Gyokei no Gi in historical point of view and who is Saioh/Saiohdai.
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Gion Matsuri festival

Gion matsuri festival in Kyoto 2022: We could enjoy Mikoshis, Yamahoko floats, and Yoiyamas!!! 祇園祭英語で説明
The guide on Gion matsuri festival in Kyoto; its schedule, Mikoshis, Yamahoko floats, Yoiyamas, history, the reason why it is celebrated, souvenirs, and other must-sees. Anything is available.
Gozu Tenno and Yasaka shrine: The Deity is still alive in the fear of COVID-19 牛頭天王英語で説明
Gozu Tenno is a Deity enshrined in Gion sha, the former Yasaka shrine. Gion matsuri is started oh his story and its still alive in the fear of COVID-19.
Gion Matsuri Festival
Articles on the reason why Gion Matusri is cerebrated, Mikoshi, Yamahoko Parade, Schedule, and others

Jidai Matsuri festival

Jidai matsuri festival 2021 canceled due to COVID-19: Gyoretsu parade and schedule
Jidai matsuri festival was canceled due to COVID-19. Enjoy the various historical figures in the parade in this article instead.
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Always remember Kawaii

THE AFRO DUCKIES in Konkai Komyoji 金戒光明寺のアフロアヒル英語で説明
The Afro duckies are messengers of AFRO BUDDHA in Konkai Komyoji temple. They make 3-D Raigozu to save those who in despair. 金戒光明寺のアヒルさんにつき、英語で説明申し上げます。合掌
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The next page is a gist of annual events in Kyoto.



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