1. Kinkaku-ji Temple

    1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, 603-8361, Japan
    This temple, also known as the Golden Pavilion, is one of Kyoto's most famous landmarks. The top two floors are covered in gold leaf, creating a stunning reflection in the surrounding pond.
  2. Kyoto Imperial Palace

    3 Kyotogyoen, Kamigyo Ward, Kyoto, 602-0881, Japan
    This palace was the residence of the imperial family until the capital was moved to Tokyo in 1868. It is now open to the public and offers a glimpse into the life of Japan's royalty.
  3. Nishiki Market

    609 Nishidaimonjicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8054, Japan
    This bustling market is known as Kyoto's kitchen, with over 100 vendors selling fresh seafood, local produce, and traditional Japanese snacks.
  4. Gion District

    Gion, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0001, Japan
    This charming neighborhood is known for its traditional architecture and geisha culture. Visitors can stroll down the narrow streets and catch a glimpse of a geisha on her way to an appointment.
  5. Fushimi Inari Shrine

    68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, 612-0882, Japan
    This shrine is famous for its thousands of bright orange torii gates that line the path up the mountain. Visitors can hike to the top for stunning views of Kyoto.
  6. Kyoto Tower

    721-1 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan
    This 328-foot tower offers 360-degree views of Kyoto from its observation deck. Visitors can also enjoy shopping, dining, and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
  7. Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Karasuma Oike, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0845, Japan
    This museum celebrates Japanese manga, with over 300,000 volumes of manga and related exhibits. Visitors can also attend workshops and events.
  8. Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0862, Japan
    This temple, built in 780, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for its wooden stage that offers stunning views of Kyoto and its purification fountain where visitors can drink from the waters for good luck.
  9. Nijo Castle

    541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8301, Japan
    This castle was built in 1603 as the residence of the Tokugawa shoguns. It is famous for its "nightingale floors" that squeak to alert guards of intruders and its stunning gardens.
  10. Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

    Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, 616-0007, Japan
    This serene bamboo grove is a popular spot for photos and a peaceful stroll. Visitors can also explore nearby temples and shrines.