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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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Karen Smedley
May 26, 2020 10:09 pm

Interesting post with great photos. Thanks for sharing.

Waren Jean Go
Waren Jean Go
May 14, 2020 3:04 am

What an interesting place to visit. I will definitely include this in my bucket list if I have the chance to visit Japan!

Peachy A.
May 13, 2020 5:12 pm

these places look beautiful! i will definitely check out this list if i ever travel to japan!

Bailey Deziel
May 13, 2020 11:14 am

This looks like a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing!

Agnes Dela Cruz
Agnes Dela Cruz
May 12, 2020 7:45 pm

Never been to Kyoto before and I am sad that travelling to this places are restricted until when, we don’t know. Thanks for the beautiful photos.

May 12, 2020 2:23 am

Japan is on my bucket list, and has been for so long. I really need to just get up and go!

May 10, 2020 10:00 pm

I have been wanting to go to Japan for so long…Kyoto is high on my must-see places list. Thank you for these wonderful tips. Holey smokes, is that a Hello Kitty train?

May 10, 2020 9:53 pm

I will keep these places in mind when I get the chance to visit Japan. I’d definitely look for Starbucks or any coffee shop for that matter.

April 11, 2020 6:26 pm

Japan travel is one of my goal. Hope I can visit in Japan soon, there are a lot of beautiful places. I’m so interested with the Japanese style SB!

April 11, 2020 6:11 pm

I have been to Kyoto a handful times before (as I only live about a 30-minute Shinkansen ride away). I have only been to the Starbucks but I been to Arashiyama (beautiful place), a monkey park, Toei Movie Studio Park, and a manga museum.

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