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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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January 22, 2020 10:40 am

Japan is a dream trip of mine. Kyoto look so beautiful and whimsical I cant wait to visit!

January 22, 2020 5:43 am

Dying to visit Kyoto. Soon hopefully.

Tiffany La Forge-Grau
Tiffany La Forge-Grau
January 22, 2020 3:43 am

Japan is like top three for my travel spots. This looks like amazing place to check out while I am there.

the joyous living
January 22, 2020 12:21 am

oh my gosh. a hello kitty subway!!!! how fun is that?? and that’s very interesting how a business donated all the Torii. Is the writing on the Torii about the business? joy

Matt Taylor
Matt Taylor
January 22, 2020 12:01 am

Time to add Japan on my bucket list. I would go just to visit that cat cafe! lol I love cats! 🙂

January 21, 2020 6:58 pm

Wow, this looks amazing! I would love to visit here one day!

Ntensibe Edgar
January 21, 2020 6:23 pm

Nnnniiiccceeeeee…I wanna start with “Ichiran Ramen” when I am in Kyoto!

Denise @In-Home Medical
January 21, 2020 11:53 am

I feel like you shared your personal travel diary. If I go to Kyoto, I’ll definitely reference this. Thank you!

Brianne Tursi Manz
January 21, 2020 11:36 am

I want our family to travel to Japan someday. Kyoto is so beautiful, and would definitely have to be one of the places we stop and visit. I wouldn’t mind spending a couple of nights there either!

Bill Sweeney
January 21, 2020 11:34 am

Japan is one country I hope to travel to eventually. There is so much beauty and culture there. Kyoto looks amazing and I want to go there specifically. Your photos really capture the beauty

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