The old capital for over 1,100 years

Kyoto Map_京都地図

Emperor Kanmu relocated the palace from Nara to Kyoto in 794, and successive emperors resided in the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Kyoto was the old capital of Japan for over 1100 years spanning from 794 to 1868. Many emperors, court nobles, samurai, Buddhists, and artists, played pivotal roles in Japanese history and created many world-famous historic places.

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Imperial Palaces & Villa

Kyoto Imperial Palace

The successive emperors resided at the Kyoto Palace for over 1100 years. Uncover the emperor's history.

Shugakuin Imperial Villa

The Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Kyoto_修学院離宮

The Shugakuin built by the retired emperor, Gomizunoo-in, is surrounded by a courtly atmosphere. Its beauty is beyond description.

Katsura Imperial Villa

Authentically beautiful architecture, a detached palace created by two aesthetic princes. The functional beauty of the stone path should not be overlooked.


Kamigamo & Shimogamo Shrines

The Aoi Matsuri festival has been held since ancient times. Before 3 days, the Miare festival is held to welcome a fresh deity. What's the background?

Fushimi Inari Shrine

Why are there so many vermillion torii gates and Fox statues at Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine? Female Emperor Genmei's wish to bless the harvest

Matsunoo Taisha Shrine

Matsunoo Taisha enshrines the Best Sake Brewery Shrine. Hata Clan contributed to building the foundation of Japan including Sake brewery, flood control, mining, textiles, and so on.

Heian Jingu Shrine

Heian Jingu Shrine_平安神宮

Heian Jingu was built in 1895 for the 1100th anniversary of the capital relocation from Nara to Kyoto, enshrining the spirits of the first and last emperors who ruled the nation in Kyoto.

Iwashimizu Hachimangu

Iwashimizu Hachiman Jingu Shrine Main Shrine_石清水八幡神宮の本殿

Many emperors, court nobles, and Samurai visited the Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine. They prayed to the Hachiman Deity for the protection of the nation or for their victories on the battlefield.


Kinkakuji (Golden Paviliion)

Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion) in Kyoto_金閣寺

Kinkakuji Temple's three-story architecture represents, from the top down, Buddhism, Samurai, and Court Nobles. Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu's power is well expressed.

Ginkakuji (Silver Pavillion)

Ginkakuji Temple was a Moon-Viewing Temple built by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. He failed his politics but was vital in establishing the Higashiyama "Wabi-Sabi" Culture.

Daikakuji Temple

Daikakuji Temple

Why does Daikakuji Temple exude such an indescribable elegance? It was initially a detached villa of Emperor Saga. His era continued the peace and bloomed the court culture.

Byodoin Temple

Byodoin Temple, The Phonex Hall or Hou-ou-do of in Kyoto_平等院鳳凰堂

A supreme court noble, Fujiwara Yorimichi's dearest wish seemed to be realized at Phonix Hall. What was his earnest wish? Why did he build Byodo-in Temple?

Kenninji Temple

"Wind God and Thunder God Screens”, "Twin Dragon", "Choontei" garden, and more. Kenninji was the three sects of Tendai, Shingon Esoteric, and Zen Buddhism. Why three?

Sanjusangen-do Hall

The longest wooden structure has 33 spaced intervals between pillars. The 33 represents Kannon’s compassion, in which Emperor G-Shirakwa prayed for peace and safety.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

A court noble Shogun, Sakanoue-no-Tamuramaro pacified the Tohoku region with the blessing of Kannon's divine power of Kiyomizu-dera Temple.

Shorenin Temple

Camphor trees in front of the gate invite you to enter the temple. All buildings and gardens have an imperial atmosphere. It sheltered revolutionary Honen and Shinran Buddhists, who built the largest Jodo sect.

Saihoji (Moss Temple)

Saihoji Moss Temple_西芳寺(苔寺)

This enchanting temple boasts a 5,000 square meter garden adorned with approximately 120 distinct varieties of moss, creating an exquisite tapestry that resembles a lush green carpet.

Daigoji Temple

After enjoying the cherry blossom viewing party at Daigoji, Hideyoshi constructed a sophisticated garden for Emperor Goyozei for his visit.

Kuramadera Temple

Kuramadera Temple is renowned for its vortexes. Legendary Minamoto Yoshitsune, God of War, practiced asceticism here. He later won the series of the battle of the Genpei War.

Konkai Komyoji

Konkai Komyoji Temple_金戒光明寺

The sunset view offers a beautiful vermilion spectacle. It's similar to the strongest swordsmen, Shinsengumi's martyrs for the declining Tokugawa Shogunate.

Honpoji Temple

Hon’ami Kōetsu, a follower of the Hokke school of Buddhism and a superior artist created its garden as its big patron.

Chioin Temple

Chioin-in is the head temple of the Jodo Sect founded by Honen. The Sanmon is the largest wooden gate in Japan, located in Kyoto.

Myokakuji Temple

Nobunaga's Innovative Venue for Tea Ceremonies. Two Innovators, Nobunaga and Rikyu, were in Resonance here.

Tenryuji Temple

Located at Arashiyama, Shogun Ashikaga Takauji built Tenryuji Temple to mourn Emperor Go-Daigo. Sogen pond garden and a Could Dragon painting are spectacular.


Nijojo Castle

Nijo-jo Castle, Successive Tokugawa Shogun's residense in Kyoto (二条城)

A residence of successive Tokugawa Shoguns in Kyoto. What kind of Tokugawa history had the castle watched? It was the growth, development, fall, and end of the Tokugawa Shogunate.