A uniquely wonderful city on the island nation of Japan, Kyoto stands out for several things revolving around culture, history, religion, architecture, and so on. One of the major side attractions in Kyoto is the beautiful temples that embody so much beauty, history, and culture. Here are the must-see temples in this city. 

1. Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan -

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Historically one of the principal Zen temples in Kyoto, Tofukuji is particularly famous for its spectacular autumn colors. Located in southeastern Kyoto, this large temple has the most famous view of the equally spectacular Tsutenkyo Bridge, which spans a valley of lush maple trees. Most parts of Tofukuji's temple grounds are free for entry, except the Hojo (the head priest's former living quarters), Tsutenkyo Bridge, and Kaisando Hall.

Address:15-chōme-778 Honmachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0981, Japan
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tofuku-ji ,http://www.tofukuji.jp
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tofukuji_zen_temple

2. Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto, Japan -

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Kinkaku-ji is another Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are entirely covered in gold leaf. An impressive structure built overlooking a large pond, which was built to echo the extravagant Kitayama culture (each floor representing a different style of architecture), is the only building left of Yoshimitsu's former retirement complex. However, It has burned down numerous times throughout its history.

Address:1 Kinkakujichō, Kita Ward, Kyoto, 603-8361, Japan
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinkaku-ji ,https://www.shokoku-ji.jp/kinkakuji

3. Kurama-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan -

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Known for its sanctity and its breathtaking natural beauty, the object of worship is esoteric and unique to the temple. From the year 770, the temple which has been existing shows visitors a different face every season. Sitting high on mount Kurama, one can feel and see the power of nature from the temple. Asides from the gorgeous panoramic view the temple's main hall offers, a sandō path connects it to the nearby picturesque Kibune village and Kifune Shrine.

Address:1074番地 Kuramahonmachi, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 601-1111, Japan
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurama-dera ,https://www.kuramadera.or.jp

4. Hōkan-ji Temple - Yasaka-no-Tou, Kyoto, Japan -

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Also known as Yasaka-no-to, this 46-meter tall pagoda with graceful, sloping roofs on each tier lies in the middle of an old Kyoto neighborhood, between Kiyomizu-Dera Temple and Yasaka-Jinja Shrine. A treasure, you have no choice but marvel at the tower's architecture, statues, and fading paintings.

Address:Japan, 〒605-0862 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, 清水八坂上町388
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasaka-no-to_Pagoda ,https://kyoto.travel/en/shrine_temple/155

5. Kiyomizu-dera, Kyoto, Japan -

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One of the most celebrated temples of Japan, founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall, Kiyomizu-Dera derives its name from the fall's pure waters. Added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1994, the temple is best known for its unique architectural style but specifically for the wooden stage that juts out from its main hall (13 meters above the hillside), affording visitors a nice view of the city and numerous colorful cherry and maple trees.

Address:1-chōme-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0862, Japan
Phone: +81 75-551-1234
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiyomizu-dera ,https://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kiyomizudera.Kyoto
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/feel_kiyomizudera

6. Daigoji, Kyoto, Japan -

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Sited around a mountain, Daigoji, another designated world heritage site, is an important temple of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. The ancient but elegant Sanborn, the head priest's former residence, ushers you into the rest of the temple, which has the Kondo Hall, five-storied pagoda (Kyoto's oldest verified building), Nintendo Hall, and Reihokan Museum, as its highlights.

Address:22 Daigohigashiōjichō, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, 601-1325, Japan
Phone: 075-571-0002
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daigo-ji ,https://www.daigoji.or.jp
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daigoji
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daigoji_temple

7. Ginkaku-ji (Jishō-ji), Kyoto, Japan -

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Ginkaku-ji, officially named Jishō-ji. Modeled after Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) and formerly shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa's retirement villa, Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) was converted into a Zen temple after Yoshimasa's death in 1490. A center of contemporary culture, Today, Ginkakuji consists of the Silver Pavilion, half a dozen other temple buildings, a spectacular moss garden, and a beautiful dry sand garden.

Address:2 Ginkakujichō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-8402, Japan
Phone: +81 75-771-5725
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkaku-ji ,https://www.shokoku-ji.jp/ginkakuji

8. Nanzen-ji Temple, 京都市, Japan -

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Located at the base of Kyoto's forested Higashiyama mountains, Nanzen-Ji is one of Japan's most important Zen temples and the head temple of one of the schools within the Rinzai sect of Japanese Zen Buddhism. Not only does it include multiple sub-temples to feed your eyes on, but this large temple complex is also a treasure.

Address:Japan, 〒606-8435 京都府京都市左京区南禅寺福地町86
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanzen-ji ,https://nanzenji.or.jp
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/daihonzan_nanzenji

9. Tenryuji Temple, 京都市, Japan -

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Ranked among the city's five great Zen temples, Tenryuji is a world heritage site and the head temple of its school within the Rinzai Zen sect of Japanese Buddhism.

Although Tenryuji's buildings were repeatedly lost in fires and wars over the centuries, Tenryuji's garden survived the centuries in its original form. The garden's beautiful landscape features a central pond surrounded by rocks and pine trees.

Address:Japan, 〒616-8385 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場町68
Phone: +81 75-881-1235
Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenryu-ji ,http://www.tenryuji.com

 


These temples are fascinating to explore in Kyoto on the island nation of Japan. They are beautiful, doors to history and knowledge, serene, and most importantly, sacred places that avail you the opportunity to reflect and catch your breath.