Western Kyoto

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Western Kyoto's most iconic sights are the opulent golden temple at Kinkaku-ji and the dazzling rock garden at Ryoan-ji, but the city's western precincts are filled with remarkable religious architecture. The sprawling temple complexes Daitoku-ji and Myoshin-ji are well worth a visit, as is the blossom-covered Kitano Tenman-gu, which hosts a fabulous market each month.

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Hirano Jinja

The gorgeous cherry blossoms at this modest shrine near Kinkaku-ji have been the focus of an annual spring festival since…

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Kitano Tenman-gu

A shrine of major importance to the city, Kitano Tenman-gu is famous for the hundreds of plum trees on its…

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Ninna-ji

Immense images of temple guardians are enclosed on both sides of the massive gate here. With a five-tier pagoda at…

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