Kyoto is one of the most beautiful cities in Japan, if not the world. It is best known for its abundance of historic temples and shrines. You could easily be overwhelmed trying to find the most beautiful ones as there are just too many. Especially if you only spend a few days in Kyoto, you should focus on the highlights. So we’ve put together a list of the top five temples and shrines that we hope will help you plan your trip. The most popular temples in Kyoto include the Kiyomizu-dera, perched on a cliff overlooking the city, the Fushimi Inari Shrine with its long rows of red torii gates, the Enkou-ji Temple with its stunning gardens, the Kinkaku-ji Temple, also known as the “Golden Pavilion”, and the Ginkaku-ji Temple, also known as the “Silver Pavilion”. You should’t miss these in any case during your time in Kyoto.
Osaka Castle is one of the most beautiful places in the area. Around the castle is a large park area. From every direction there is a great view of the castle. A beautiful cherry blossom grove surrounds the castle, so especially during the cherry blossom season in spring is a good time to visit the castle, as the whole park blossoms in a delicate pink color.
The park area is always accessible and free of charge. You can wander around for hours, but you can also visit inside the castle itself. The castle offers a breathtaking view of Osaka’s skyline and its surrounding landscape from a vantage point.
Enkouji Temple is located in the northeast of Kyoto. Especially for photographers this place is fun because of the versatile garden, which is located behind the main building. At any time of the year and day, you can take fantastic pictures here, even when the sun is high during lunchtime, thanks to the tall trees. There is a small bamboo forest, many stone paths, and if you are attentive you will also discover small Buddha statues in the enchanting moss garden.
Kiyomizu-dera is a beautiful temple in the city of Kyoto in Japan. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the most famous and popular sights in Japan. The temple was built in 780 and is an important part of Japanese culture and history. The temple stands on a hill and offers a breathtaking view of the city of Kyoto. The name Kiyomizu-dera translates to “Temple of Pure Water” and refers to the spring that rises in the temple and flows through it. Visitors can drink the clear water from the well as it is said to have healing properties.
Fushimi-Inari is an incredible shrine in the south of Kyoto. The famous “Senbon Torii” (gates made of red arches) are one of the most famous attractions in Japan and provide photographers with the perfect backdrop to capture beautiful shots. This sacred mountain Inariyama in southern Kyoto is full of colors, wooden architecture and natural landscapes. There are many stunning places to whip out your camera – from the magnificent main shrine to the more than 10,000 torii gates on the hillside.
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