Kiyomizu Dera Temple

Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kyoto is full of heritage sites, including ancient temples with the iconic Japanese temple architecture one can’t help but picture when envisioning Japan. No visit to the city would be complete without spending time exploring these institutions, most of which are constructed within forests and parks for a peaceful experience. One such temple is the Kiyomizu-dera Temple , a worthwhile addition to any Kyoto itinerary.

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July 25, 2014 by
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Geisha walks through Pontocho in Kyoto via conveyor belt sushi on flickr

The Pontocho Nightlife District in Kyoto

The narrow alleyway that is the Pontocho nightlife district in Kyoto comes alive once the sun goes down. Lights from the many tea and Geisha houses flood the alley with warmth. The smell of grilled chicken (yakitori) wafts down the street towards the water. In the warmer months, tables dot the Kamogawa River with patrons ordering sake and beer, while looking out over the water, shimmering in the moonlight.

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July 18, 2014 by
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Kyoto on a Budget

Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the many free attractions in Kyoto via DavideGorla on Flickr

Kyoto can be reasonably priced if you know how to get around and what attractions to see, where to stay, and what to eat.

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June 20, 2014 by
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Off the Beaten Path Temples and Shrines in Kyoto

Yasui Konpiragu shrine in Kyoto via Mark Yang on Flickr

Here are some of the best off the beaten path temples and shrines in Kyoto.

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May 23, 2014 by
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The Shrine Gates of Fushimi Inari Taisha

Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the many free attractions in Kyoto via DavideGorla on Flickr

Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of Japan’s most unique attractions.

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April 25, 2014 by
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Unique Budget Lodging in Kyoto

Shunkoin Temple via Erik Stattin on Flickr

Unique budget lodging in Kyoto offers visitors a chance to see the quirkier, perhaps stranger (to some) side of the city, while saving money and having great stories and recommendations to share with other travelers.

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April 4, 2014 by
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Temple Stays in Kyoto

Myoren-ji temple via rosewoman on Flickr

Temple stays offer the public a chance to experience life like as a pilgrim for a short time.

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March 28, 2014 by
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Best Souvenirs to Bring Home from Kyoto

Green tea in Kyoto via MShades on Flickr

The best souvenirs from Japan come from its historic and cultural center, Kyoto.

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February 28, 2014 by
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Day Hikes in Kyoto Prefecture

Forests of Mount Kurama in Kyoto Prefecture via Ginkgo Telegraph on Flickr

Find some solitude and take time to marvel at the natural beauty on one of these popular day hikes in Kyoto Prefecture

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January 31, 2014 by
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Iwatayama Monkey Park

Iwatayama Monkey Park near Kyoto via Andrea Schaffer on Flickr

At Iwatayama Monkey Park, the animals aren’t caged, but the humans are.

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January 3, 2014 by
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