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Kyoto International Manga Museum
Having the functions of a museum and library, Kyoto Internatinal Manga Museum is the first comprehensive cultural facility for manga in Japan, and it collects valuable materials related to comics and cartoons from Japan and abroad. The museum houses a collection of 300,000 manga works, including recent popular stories and classic masterpieces in the world, as well as historical materials.
Kyoto International Manga Museum
Karasuma Oike, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
10am-6pm (Admission until 5.30pm) *Closing time will be extended when we have special events.
Wed. (If Wed. is a holiday, Thu. will be closed.), New Year's holiday and maintenance period
Permanent exhibition: Adults 800 yen, Junior high/High school students 300 yen, Elementary school students 100 yen (*Extra charge required for special exhibition) http://kyotomm.jp
075-254-7414 075-254-7424
Kyoto Station
Commemorating the 1200th anniversary of the construction of the Heian capital, Kyoto Station Building was built under the concept "Kyoto is a Gateway to History" and was opened in 1997. It furnishes department stores, hotels, a theatre, art gallery, and many specialty and public service facilities. The magnificent glass roof-enclosed concourse, with a midair pathway suspended above, surpasses all images of stations until now.
Kyoto Station
Karasuma-dori-Shiokoji, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
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Higashi Honganji Temple
Higashi Honganji is the mother temple of Jodo Shinshu Otani sect. It was founded by Shinran (1173-1262). This is where followers from all over the world gather to listen to the Buddha-dharma of Shinran. The present Founder's Hall (Goei-do), which is one of the largest wooden structures in the world, was rebuilt in 1895. Shosei-en, which is about 5 minutes away, is the detached garden of Higashi Honganji. It is also known as Kikoku-tei (Trifoliate Orange Villa) due to the type of fruit, which once grew around this former villa.
Higashi-Honganji Temple
Karasuma-dori, 7-jo agaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
5.50am-5.30pm (Mar.-Oct.), 6.20am-4.30pm (Nov.-Feb.)
Open 365 days a year
Free http://www.higashihonganji.or.jp/
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Toji Temple
With the construction of the Heian Capital, Toji Temple was one of the temples erected on both East and West sides, to the left and right of the Rajomon Gate for the purpose of national protection. There is Japan's largest 5-storied pagoda, and buildings representative of the culture of esoteric Buddhism. The temple is registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site. On the 21st of every month fair days are held in the name of Kobo-Daishi.
Toji Temple
1, Kujo-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto
8.30am-5.30pm (summer)
8.30am-4.30pm (winter)
Open 365 days a year
Free, 500 yen (around the pagoda) http://www.toji.or.jp/ (Japanese version only)
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Nishi-Hongwanji Temple
The head temple of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Buddhist sect. Many people visit the temple daily to attend services. Located on Horikawa-dori, this temple is the home to many architectural treasures that convey the culture of the Momoyama period. They include the Shoin (study) chambers, Hiunkaku (Flying Cloud Pavilion), and Karamon (Chinese-style) gate. Advanced request is required to visit the chambers. Hongwanji has been designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Nishi-Hongwanji Temple
Horikawa-dori, Hanayacho-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
5.30am-6pm (Depends on season)
Open 365 days a year
Free http://www.hongwanji.or.jp/
075-371-5181 075-371-1211
Shijo Kawaramachi
A shopping zone located along a stretch of Shijo Dori and Kawaramachi Dori. Department stores and small shops jostle along the road. There is a charmingly chaotic mix of old and new.
Shijo Kawaramachi
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
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Nishiki Market
Nishiki Market is a famous place in the capital. It is located one street north of Shijo Dori. The road width is 3m, and it is an arcade street lined with over 140 cooking ingredient shops. With fish, Kyoto vegetables, tofu products, dry foods, everyday food and pickled vegetable shops, it is a market supporting the cooking of the capital.
Nishiki Market
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
8am-6pm (Depends on shop)
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Shinkyogoku
From the roads Sanjo Dori to Shijo Dori, this street stretches north-south for about 500m. There are many souvenir shops.
Shinkyogoku
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
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Kiyamachi and Pontocho
A small street running north-south between Kawaramachi road and the Kamogawa River, Kiyamachi is a prosperous trading place. It was the stage for the historical closing days of the Tokugawa Shogunate. With the practice of shamisens floating by during the day, and the click of the Maiko's (apprentice geisha) shoes from the evening, Pontocho is an entertainment district only able to be seen in the old capital.
Kiyamachi and Pontocho
Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
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Kyoto Gosho
Kyoto Gosho is the ancient Imperial Palace. After the transfer of the capital to Tokyo in Meiji 2 (1869), the palace was left empty. The interior is a typical style of palatial architecture developed in the Heian Era. It is specially opened to the public in spring and autumn. Outside of these times, it is necessary to submit an application to the Imperial Household Agency. (Imperial Household Agency Kyoto Office Visit Clerk 075-211-1215)
Kyoto Gosho
3, Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
By Appointment Only
By Appointment Only
Free http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/
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Kyoto Gyoen (National Garden)
Kyoto Gyoen is the outer garden of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. The grounds stretching 1.3km north-south and 700m east-west have the Imperial Palace as a center, and there are also the Sento and Omiya Palaces. This outstretched space in Kyoto's first class land is a place of recreation and relaxation for the citizens. It also includes an exercise ground, tennis court and a playground for children.
Kyoto Gyoen (National Garden)
3, Kyoto-Gyoen, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
6am-6pm
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Shimogamo Shrine (Tadasuno-mori)
Shimogamo Shrine is an ancient shrine of Kyoto. The 2 buildings to the east and west of the main building are national treasures. The 55 buildings of the shrine complex are important cultural relics. The ground is spread over with white sand and lined with elegant buildings. In Tadasuno-mori wood are the two clear streams of the Izumigawa and Mitaraigawa rivers. The shrine is registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Shimogamo Shrine (Tadasuno-mori)
59, Shimogamo-Izumikawa-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
6.30am-5.30pm (Depends on season)
Open 365 days a year
Free http://www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/
075-781-0010 075-781-4722
Nishijin Textile Center
Nishijin textiles are among the most famous and elegant fabrics woven in Kyoto, Japan. At the Nishijin Textile Center, there are exhibitions of various Nishijin fabrics and panels that explain the manufacturing process. An elegant kimono show is held seven times a day. You can experience putting on a kimono (from 2,600 yen) and hand weaving (from 1,800 yen). Reservations are necessary. A variety of Nishijin goods are sold at reasonable prices.
Nishijin-ori Kaikan
Horikawa-dori-Imadegawa-Minami-Iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
9am-5pm
Dec.29-Jan.3
Free http://www.nishijin.or.jp/
075-451-9231 075-432-6156
Nijo Castle
The grounds of Nijo Castle are impressive on any scale and stretch east to west for some 500m and north to south for about 400m hugging Horikawa Dori. Constructed in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu as a Kyoto area residence it was the site, 264 years later, of the ceremonial returning of political power to the Imperial household and thus witnessed the effective end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The Karamon is built in the style of karahafu and is adorned with magnificent statues while the famed Ninomaru Palace is decorated with a selection of beautiful pictures and carvings.
Nijo Castle is registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site.
Nijo Castle
Nijo-dori-Horikawa-nijojo-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
8.45am-5pm (Admission until 4pm)
Tue. (Jul.-Aug., Dec.-Jan.) (If Tue. is a holiday, Wed. will be closed.), Year-end and New Year holidays
600 yen http://www.city.kyoto.jp/bunshi/nijojo/
075-841-0096 075-802-6181
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