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Kyoto travel tips - spend a day exploring Japan’s old capital

Visit Kyoto’s famous temples & shrines

Kiyomizu-dera & Jishu Shrine

“Kiyomizu-dera is a beautiful temple in Kyoto up on the hills, with a view over the city. The temple grounds are a nice place to walk around and look at the many halls, gates, and pagodas from different angles... Make sure to walk around the different buildings and go to the Jishu Shrine - this is the area dedicated to love.”

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Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

“There are the colorful main buildings to see and even more impressive is the walk through the shrine's land. In the case of Fushimi Inari, this means taking a long walk up and around the hill that belongs to the shrine. Part of the way leads through rows of orange Torii gates, so many of them that they seem to form tunnels.”

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Seek out hidden gems

Garden of Fine Arts

“Tadao Ando is one of the most famous modern architect in Japan... He has created a garden in Kyoto. What is most extraordinary about this garden, is that there is no vegetation. Absolutely not. But there are reproductions of the most famous paintings from everywhere. It is a mystical place for me.”

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Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine

“If you're like me and prefer quiet to crowds, here's an introduction to one of the smaller, lesser known (and less frequented) shrines in Kyoto: Yasui Konpira-gu... it's known as a shrine with powers to end bad relationships and begin good ones, as well as turn undesirable fate around.”

Read the full post http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3668

Experience typical Kyoto spots

Take a walk along Kamogawa River

“The Kamo River (Kamo-gawa, literally means duck river) is running through Kyoto Prefecture. The riverbanks are popular walking spots for residents and tourists. There are pathways running alongside the river on which one can walk along the river, and some stepping stones that cross the river.”

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Have dinner in the charming Pontocho district

“At night, Kamogawa riverside is turned to be the scenic site well-known for its gorgeous Pontocho in Kyoto! I used to take my friends visiting Kyoto to Pontocho without fail. I just love their atmosphere - the traditional lantern lights in their narrow street are really exotic.”

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