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Unforgettable Places to See in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

If you’re planning to experience the best of Japan’s culture, you should definitely visit the ancient capital – Kyoto Prefecture. During our recent trip to Japan, we visited four prefectures – Kyoto, Osaka, Toyama and Gifu. Among these four, Kyoto has the most number of cultural sites with a century-old history. There is no doubt it is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kansai, and the prices are a little bit higher as compared to other prefectures. Below is a list of the most unforgettable places to see in Kyoto Prefecture.

Unforgettable Places to See in Kyoto Prefecture

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

This one is on top of my list and is located at the base of Inari Mountain in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. Each of Fushimi Inari-taisha’s roughly thousand Torii was donated by a Japanese business.

Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

The Golden Pavilion is a three-story building where the top two stories are covered with pure gold leaf. Thus, the name. It functions as a shariden (舎利殿), housing relics of the Buddha (Buddha’s Ashes). It is one of the most popular buildings in Nihon.

Nijō Castle

It is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Yasaka Pagoda

Looking for a charming streetscape? Here’s a well-preserved landmark in Kyoto and is considered to be one of the most outstanding in Higashiyama District. It is an amazing place to go for a walk. You can explore this place with narrow lanes and traditional houses.

Starbucks in Kyoto

The world’s first Japanese-style Starbucks with tatami flooring and noren curtains is in Kyoto Prefecture. Not only that, this Startbucks is situated in a 100+ year old traditional building. It is one of the most unique Starbucks in the world and one of the most unforgettable places to see in Kyoto.

Puchi Marry Cat Cafe

See blog post here. Paradise with cats is in Kyoto! This cat cafe receives you with the cutest furry hosts – MEOW. A comfy place for fur parents to enjoy, watch movies, read comics, play PS4, and cuddle with CAAAAAAATS! For the furry hosts, you can buy them treats and can stay as long as you want!

Ichiran Ramen

Sure, we made sure to try out other ramens here in PH and Jap as well, but Ichiran ramen definitely and will always win my heart. Please don’t miss this place out.

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Kyoto Station

Aside from being the main entry point, the Kyoto Station Area is also a shopping district. You can also see here the Kyoto tower. But, what I love about this point are the Cube Food Court on the 11th floor of the building where excellent restaurants can be found, and the Kyoto Ramen Koji where ramen restaurants reside under one roof! Heaven.

Visiting Japan is a bucket list experience. Kyoto has all the reasons to be visited regardless of the season. I hope that you get to experience all of these soon.

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May 29, 2020 11:03 pm

This looks like such a lovely place to visit.

May 29, 2020 2:46 am

JAPAN is my dream country to visit. Hopefully, post coronavirus!! I love their culture, food and traditions!

May 28, 2020 10:15 pm

What a nice guide for Kyoto. I live only an hour away by Bullet Train from Kyoto and been to Kyoto many times.

May 28, 2020 6:39 pm

One of the best places to visit. Thanks for bringing us here.

Marjie Mare
Marjie Mare
May 28, 2020 9:58 am

I cannot wait to be able to travel again and explore the world.

May 28, 2020 9:14 am

Your trip looked so fun — and that ramen looks like it could feed 8 people at least. I hope it tasted as good as it looked.

Nina Nichols
May 28, 2020 7:48 am

One of the places that’s worth to be visited! Definitely included in my Bucket List. Saving this for future reference.

Ben Cross
May 28, 2020 4:08 am

I have always wanted to visit Japan, and I still hope to one day! Kyoto looks a really great place to visit, and the pagodas are beautiful!

May 28, 2020 2:07 am

Ugh! Kyoto one of my many frustrations! I’ve been there twice but haven’t fully explored the city. I’ve been following a fellow blogger’s Kyoto adventure. And I’m super decided that my next stop once everything gets settled is to go/stay in Kyoto (since I usually stay in Osaka).

And I super agree with Ichiran!! ❤❤❤

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