Top Places for Art and Cultural Activities in Kyoto

Explore the rich culture while visiting the many attractions Kyoto is replete with. These cultural attractions are suitable for all ages and can prove to make your trip to Kyoto a fruitful one. Be it historic monuments or cultural performances, cultural attractions somehow steal the show of the other attractions and things to do in Kyoto.

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Check the list of top places for art and culture in Kyoto:

  1. Fushimi Inari-taisha

    #1 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Fushimi Inari-taisha

    Tags: Religious Site, Outdoors, Trail, Historical Site

    Address: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Fushimi Inari-Taisha is an important Shinto shrine situated in southern Kyoto. It is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. A...Read more

  2. Kinkaku-ji

    #2 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Kinkaku-ji

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Architecture

    Address: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 603-8361, Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Kinkaku-ji (aka Temple of Golden Pavilion) is a Zen temple situated in the northern part of Kyoto. The top two floors of the temple are completely covered in gold leaf. Formally known a...Read more

  3. Kiyomizu-dera

    #3 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Kiyomizu-dera

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Landmark, Tourist Center

    Address: 294 Kiyomizu 1-chome, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0862, Japan

    Timings: 06:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Established in the year 778, the Kiyomizu-dera is located halfway up the Otowa Mountain in eastern Kyoko. Having an intriguing history, the temple has burned down many times. Most of the current build...Read more

  4. Nijo Castle

    #4 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Nijo Castle

    Tags: Castle, Historical Site, Tourist Center, Architecture

    Address: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 604-8301, Japan

    Timings: 08:45 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Nijo Castle was constructed in 1603 as the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu (the first shogun of the Edo Period). The Castle is divided into three areas- the Honmaru (main circle of defence), the Nino...Read more

  5. Arashiyama

    #5 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Arashiyama

    Tags: Temple, Outdoors, Park, Entertainment

    Address: Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Situated around 30 minutes drive from the city centre of Kyoto, Arashiyama is a district in Kyoto which is well known for its Bamboo Grove. It is situated along the base of the Arashiyama Mountains (S...Read more

  6. Ginkaku-ji

    #6 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Ginkaku-ji

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Landmark

    Address: 2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8402, Japan

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Ginkaku ji, also known as the Silver Pavilion, is a Zen temple situated along Kyoto's eastern mountains of Higashiyama. Here’s a trivia, although it is called the Silver Pavil...Read more

  7. Sanjusangen-do

    #7 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Sanjusangen-do

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Statue

    Address: 657 Sanjusangendomawari, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0941, Japan

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    More famous for its 1001 figures of Kannon, The Sanjusangen-do Temple was originally built by Taira no Kiyamori for retired emperor Go-Shirakawa in the year 1164. The temple features a huge hall where...Read more

  8. Ryoan-ji

    #8 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Ryoan-ji

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Garden

    Address: 13 Ryoanji Goryonoshitacho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 616-8001, Japan

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Ryoan ji Temple belongs to the Myoshinji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. A distinct attraction within the temple premises is the famous rock garden which attracts hundreds of...Read more

  9. Nanzen-ji

    #9 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Nanzen-ji

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Tourist Center

    Address: Nanzenji-Fukuchi-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-city

    Timings: 08:45 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Nanzenji Temple is one of the most important Zen temples in all of Japan. It is located at the base of Kyoto's Higashiyama Mountain. It is the head temple of one of the schools within t...Read more

  10. Tofukuji Temple

    #10 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Tofukuji Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Garden

    Address: 15 Hon-machi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

    Disconnect yourself from the hustle and the bustle of the city at the Zen Tofukuji Temple. While there is no need for you get the Tofukuji Temple tickets and there isn't actually any tickets for Tofuk...Read more

  11. Eikan- Do Zenrin-ji

    #11 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Eikan- Do Zenrin-ji

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Landmark

    Address: 48 Eikandocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8445, Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Eikan do, formally known as Zenrin ji Temple, belongs to the Jodo sect of Japanese Buddhism. A nobleman of the Heian Period donated his villa to a priest, who converted it into a temple unde...Read more

  12. Toji Temple

    #12 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Toji Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: 1 Kujocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-8473, Japan

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Situated in the city center of Kyoto, Toji is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect. It is well known for its five-story pagoda, the highest wooden tower in Japan. The Toji was established b...Read more

  13. Tenryu-ji

    #13 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Tenryu-ji

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Tourist Center

    Address: 68 Susukinobaba-cho, Saga-Tenryuji, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, 616-8385 Japan

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Tenryu ji is an important temple in Japan and was ranked first among Kyoto’s five great Zen temples. It is situated in Kyoto's Arashiyama district. The temple ...Read more

  14. Kodai Ji

    #14 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Kodai Ji

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: 526 Shimokawara-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0825 Japan

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Kodai-ji Temple is arguably one of the finest temples in the Southern Higashiyama Area. It was established in the year 1606 in the memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (historical figure) by Hideyoshi's ...Read more

  15. Byodoin Temple

    #15 of 72 Art and Cultural Attractions in Kyoto
    Byodoin Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Museum, Historical Site

    Address: 116 Ujirenge Uji-shi, Kyoto Prefecture 611-0021 Japan

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    The Byodoin temple is one of 17 World Cultural Heritage sites in Kyoto. Having beautiful and intricate architecture, it is a classic example of Japanese Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) architecture. In acco...Read more

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