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Highlights of Kyoto

Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion), Philosopher's Path, Kiyomizudera
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 10.6 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  Using the city's bus system, this guide takes you to five of the city's most popular attractions: Nijo Castle, Kinkaku Temple, Ginkaku... more »

Tips:  Buy an all-day bus pass to use throughout the day. Definitely get a bus map and check the time schedule before leaving for the day,... more »

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Points of Interest

Originally built in 1626, Nijo Castle is probably the most popular castle in all of Kyoto city. After the capital of Japan was moved to Edo(which is now present-day Tokyo), Kyoto remained the center of the Imperial Court. During that time, Nijo Castle was used as the living quarters for the ruling class, the shoguns. Japan has declared Nijo... More

Perhaps the most recognizable building in all of Kyoto, Kinkaku-ji, or the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is a must-see for every visitor of Kyoto. The top two levels of the three-level temple are covered in pure gold leaf. The temple, together with its reflection in the pond in front of it, make for a truly breathtaking view. Originally... More

Founded in 1490, Ginkaku-ji (the Temple of the Silver Pavilion) is a favorite among tourists to Kyoto. Designed after its sister temple, Kinkaku-ji (the Temple of the Golden Pavilion) it was originally supposed to have pure silver leaf covering the top two levels. Construction was halted before the silver coating was ever added, and it was later... More

The Philosopher's Walk is the pedestrian pathway that connects Ginkaku-ji Temple with Nazen-ji Temple. It follows along a canal that is lined with cherry blossom trees (sakura). The path is said to have gotten its name from various professors, philosophers, and artists that walked the path for meditation and used the time for thinking to... More

Originally founded in 778, Kiyomizu Temple is the most popular tourist attraction in all of Kyoto. It has been designated as a National Special Historic Site and is a UNSESCO World Heritage Site. It is also one of 17 locations that make up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site.

The main hall has a large veranda that juts out... More