Places of Interest in Kyoto (A - G)
Following are brief explanations of places of interest in Kyoto.
This is one of the most popular places in Kyoto. Sagano area has rural beauty and wide range of interesting places such as great temples and a hermitage of a poet. This area is also known for its scenic beauty especially with cherry blossoms in spring and colored leaves in autumn.
Tenryu-ji temple, a member of world cultural heritage of Kyoto, has a wonderful garden that was laid out by a genius Muso Soseki. Other temples in this area include Daihikaku Senko-ji, Daikaku-ji, Seiryo-ji, Jojakko-ji, Nison-in, Gio-ji, Adashino Nenbutsu-ji, Otagi Nenbutsu-ji, Takiguchi-dera, Jikishi-an. A small shrine that is called Nonomiya-jinja has a unique Torii gateway that is made of logs with bark. Rakushi-sha is a hermitage of a famous poet.
The whole area of Mt. Daigo is the precinct of Daigo-ji temple, a member of the world cultural heritage of Kyoto. It's pagoda was built in the year 951 and is the oldest among existing buildings of Kyoto. Kaju-ji (Kanshu-ji) and Zuishin-in are much smaller and less popular but good temples.
Fushimi-Inari-Taisha is the head shrine of some 30,000 Inari-jinja shrines of Japan. Thousands of vermillion torii gateways and a lot of small shrines and stone monuments in its precinct make the atmosphere of the big Shinto shrine quite unique and interesting. In the neighborhood of the big shrine is a small but interesting temple, Sekiho-ji, that has many stone Buddhist images.
Gion is an amusement quarters. A long-established Ochaya, Ichiriki-Jaya stands here. If you are lucky, you may see Maiko or Geiko (Geisha), in beautiful Kimono dress, walking in the evening. Other amusement quarters, Miyagawa-cho and Ponto-cho are close to here.
Kyoto Gosho, or Kyoto Imperial Palace is open for public only twice a year, spring and autumn, five days each. Except these ten days, you have to get a permission in advance to enter the Palace.