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Traditional Kyoto

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle

The castle was built in 1603 and was used as a main governmental building for centuries even through the fall of Tokugawa shogunate. It lived through the ages and you are very much encouraged to visit it!

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Fushimi Inari

Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine

If you have ever seen any pictures of Kyoto, you will have seen some of the thousands of gates or torii. Come walk the path and pass through the thousands of gates!

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Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizu Temple

Our school is so very close to this beautiful site! It is an ancient Buddhist Temple dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy and the name means The Temple of Pure Water. It is great to visit both in the evening and during the day. The grounds are full of places to explore and why not visit it after classes.

Sanjusangen-do

Sanjusangen-do

The same as Kyomizu Temple, this Sanjusangen-do is a temple dedicated to Kannon and there are 1001 statues of this Goddess of Mercy.

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace

You simply can't come to Kyoto and not go to see the Imperial Palace. Though destroyed by the fires through the centuries, it has been rebuilt times and times again, it is a magnificent place and it is only about 30 minutes away by bus from your home away from home or a short (40 minute) walk!

Kyoto City Official Travel Guide
Gion District

Gion District

Seriously, Gion is one of the most well-known places in Kyoto and the whole of Japan really. It is not just a place, but a small town within the city. Traditional teahouses and little restaurants offering the visitors a little taste of tradition. Going to Gion is like travelling through history and it could become the best metaphor for your visit!

Kinkakuji Temple

The Kinkakuji

Ok still pretty traditional, but it is a great place to visit as it has thousands of historical artefacts as well as exhibits of modern art!

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Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower

Your visit will not be complete without climbing all 131 metres of the Kyoto Tower. Ok you won't have to climb as there is a lift, and the viewing platform is actually 100 meters high, but it is none-the-less impressive. By the way, Fukuoka and Tokyo have their own towers and visiting all three would be a nice thing to tick off your list!

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Less traditional Kyoto

Kyoto National Museum

The Kyoto National Museum

Ok still pretty traditional, but it is a great place to visit as it has thousands of historical artefacts as well as exhibits of modern art!

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Iwatayama Monkey Park

Iwatayama Monday Park!

It is a mountain full of Monkeys! It’s a little out of the way but well worth the visit, just don`t put any food in your pockets!

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Kyoto Samurai and Ninja Museum

Kyoto Samurai and Ninja Museum

Grab your sword, shuriken and don a ninja outfit! Naruto or Sasuke won't stand in your way! But seriously, it is voted to be the best museum in Kyoto and considering how much the city has to offer, it is quite a title!

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