9 things to do and see in Kyoto you can’t miss

Curated by BuffaloTripSeptember 12, 2016 Viewed: 676

Kyoto is the capital of Japan during the 1000 years; Kyoto fills glory of the past.

Besides a place is recognized as world cultural heritage by UNESCO, this ancient capital region also boasts features such as a culture town and unique cuisine. Kyoto attracts tourists by ancient color with temple architecture characterized Japan as well as modern breath is expressed through the bars and coffee shops. Let’s buffalotrip.com to discover some things to do and see in Kyoto that make sure you will have a good trip in Japan.

1. Golden Temple - Kinkaku-ji

Kinkaku-ji Golden Temple is a symbol of Kyoto. It is designed with three-story, two floors above is pure gold. The gold material reflects on the area around the temple that becomes a magnificent construction. Despite having majestic coloring but this temples and the surrounding area guarantee give visitors a special and peaceful experience.

  • Opening hours: daily from 9:00 to 17:00
  • Tickets: 400 yen

2. SilverTemple  - Ginkaku-ji

Along with the Golden Temple Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji Temple silver is also considered the pride of the people in this ancient capital. Although it has name Silver Temple, Ginkaku-ji has nothing about the trace of silver. The reason is because of lacking of funding for civil war Onin Ginkaku-ji, the temple is not plated silver as the original design and stays a sharp brown rustic wood.

  • Opening hours: daily from 8:30 to 17:00 (except December to February, open from 9:00 to 16:30)
  • Tickets: 500 yen

3. Ryoanji Temple

Ryoan-ji temple is located in the northwest of Kyoto. Heretofore, it was owned by Fujiwara and later, it was given to a branch of the Hosokawa clan. This is one of the most impressive constructions of the Japanese Zen landscape. The attraction of the temple is the dry rock garden. No one knows who designed it, and no one understood the meaning of the 15 stones in the garden paved with cobblestones. Some scholars argue that it is an image of tigers takes their children cross the stream; others believe that it is an ocean with small islands, or it is the sky with clouds...

Opening hours: daily from 8:00 to 17:00 (except December to February, open from 8:30 to 16:30)
Tickets: 500 yen

4. Toei Kyoto studio park

Eigamura is also known as the Toei Kyoto, is a theme park, where to operate some film activities. Here, visitors can "make market entry" from the scene to background.

Additionally, Toei Uzumasa Eigamura also has some places with more kinds of entertainment for visitors as the performances ninja, ninja maze, 3D cinemas with360-degree, studios, and one of the scariest haunted house in Japan. Some points may require an additional entrance fee. In addition, it also has a plenty of shows on the popular television series, video area, games, restaurants, and shops.

  • Opening hours: daily from9:00 to 17:00 (except from December to February, open from 9:30 to 16:00)
  • Tickets: 2,200 yen

5. Gion district

Although it is not the only area of traditional geisha in Japan, but remaining with the street collection, chalets, teahouse and exclusive restaurant, Gion district is considered the most famous geisha. At night, under the light rays of the lantern, the town looks out of ancient Kyoto. In July every year, having a Gion Matsuri festival attracts millions of tourists worldwide come here.

6. Kyo-ryori

Kyo-ryori is the name of Kyoto cuisine, is the pinnacle of the sophisticated and subtle form of flavor. To feel Kyo-ryori, visitors are not only using to taste that combines all the senses. The Kyo-ryori cuisine is created to emphasize the beauty of nature and the seasons. The delicacy is created by the finesse, the temperance, and the homeliness

Some famous restaurants in Kyoto: Minokou restaurant with nearly 100 years of history, traditional restaurants Kinobu.

7. Tea

In addition to a unique cuisine, the tea ceremony is also a characteristic of Japanese culture. For Japan, the tea ceremony (chadou, Sadou, chanoyu) is a form of enjoying tea to entertain in a quiet atmosphere where boss and guests can relax in harmony nature. In Kyoto, visitors can come to En - small tea shop is located in the ancient city of Gion - to experience the tea ceremony.

8. Kyoto Manga Museum

No exaggeration to say this museum is a mecca for devotees Manga. It exhibits a huge collection of comics, including 300,000 and related artifacts. Guests can freely choose any book from the high wooden bookshelves along the walls in the hallway or foyer to enjoy. Outside also has a coffee shop, guests can choose an ideal seat, reading the story and enjoying a cup of coffee.

  • Opening hours: daily, 10:00 to 18:00 (closed on Wednesday and New Year)
  • Tickets: 500 yen

9. Shijo-Dori Shopping Street

Shijo-Dori is the central shopping district of Kyoto, starting from Shijo station with Daimaru building has 8 floors, which sells cosmetics, jewelry, and clothing. In this area, visitors can find the famous brands such as Louis Vuitton, Armani, as well as traditional handicraft shops in Japan and advanced souvenir stores.

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