11 Temples (and Sanctuaries) essential in Kyoto And some are free!

11 Templos (y Santuarios) imprescindibles en Kioto ¡Y algunos son Gratis!


! | – The temples of Kyoto


– Yes, and there are thousands


– What visit


– Good question! then I explain that I liked, this mini guide is subjective and may include other temples , it is best to explore on your own once in Kyoto.

Kyoto temples

1. The Kinkaku-ji

This Buddhist temple is one of the emblems of the city. Its main attraction is the Golden Pavilion in the lake. Initially, the city was removed from the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1458-09). Very visited and full of tourists, but you must go through.


Adjacent is the Ryoan-ji garden world's most famous Zen, perfect place to sit and meditate address (or rest!): 1 Kinkakuji-cho Kita-ku, Kyoto. Stop Stop Kinkakuji / estación de guagua Kingaku-ji-michi. Schedule: 9: 00-17: 00.

2. Templo Ginkaku-ji

One of the most famous temples in Kyoto, especially for its wooden pavilion on a lake. Also called the Silver Pavilion, but it was never covered with this metal.

Notice also Zen-style gardens.

temple belonging to the school of the Rinzai Zen Buddhist sect Shokoku. The gardens are a good example of Japanese landscape architecture.


Address: 2 Ginkaku-ji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. 10 minute walk from Keihan Demachiyanagi. 5 minute walk from the bus stop of the city Ginkakuji-mae. Schedule: 8:30-17:00 (December to February, of 9:00 a 16:30). Admission charge.


Near this temple it is the Honen-in that is freer and less frequented by tourists Temple. This is where Hōnen (founder of this branch of Buddhism) he began preaching his teachings and the place where he died.

3. Kiyomizu-dera

Also known as the Temple of Love is also an excellent vantage point to see the city, as it is on a hill. The terrace protrudes from the mountainside and is supported by wooden columns 13 meters high.

One of the most photographed city.

A good place to see the sunset.


Located in the area of ​​Higashiyama. After visiting the temple, You can walk through the traditional streets of Sannenzaka / Ninenzaka and reach the district of Gion. Address: 1 to 294 Kiyomizu Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto. 10 minute walk from the bus stop Gojozaka 10 minute walk from the city bus stop Kiyomizu-michi

4. Toji Templo

Whose main attraction is Temple Pagoda 5 floors, 57 meters high, It has long served as a symbol of the city.

On weekends there is a market (Market Kobo-san) in the surrounding area, hundreds of stalls selling second-hand goods, also food stalls.


The conference room contains 21 images “mandala”, encoding the teachings Shingon, while in the main hall of the temple a mix of architectural styles and statues of Buddhas.

Address: 1 Kujo-cho Minami-ku, Kyoto. Kintetsu Railway Station To-ji bus stop higashimon-To-ji-mae bus 207 Schedule: 8:30 a 17:30 (20 of March) (20 of September -16: 30) Closed: Open all year paycheck Entry: http: / /www.toji.or.jp/

5. Sanjusangen-do Templo

Inside we see 1.001 golden statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Admission charge.

Free temples and shrines in Kyoto

6. Yasaka Jinja

Located in the traditional district of Gion. It is a Shinto shrine and one of the best times to go is in the evening or at night because the place is lit Admission is free.


7. The sanctuary Shimogamo-jinja

Shinto shrine located at the intersection of the Kamogawa river and Takanogawa. As usuall, a cool summer so many people walk there to enjoy the scenery.

Shimogamo-jinja, along with Kamigamo-Jinja shrines are the two sponsors of the annual Aoi Matsuri. Matsuri is a parade of costumes. It is one of the three major annual festivals in Kyoto (You must see if you're in the city 15 of May).



Address: 59 Izumigawa-cho Shimogamo Sakyo-ku, Kyoto. Bus Stop Shimogamo Jinja. Schedule: 6: 30-17: 00h Free admission. http://www.shimogamo-jinja.or.jp/english.html

8. Kamigamo Jinja

This Shinto shrine is one of the oldest, which dates back to the seventh century. A large torii (door) marks the entrance to the sanctuary. The parade ends mentioned Aoi Matsuri festival in this temple (which it is one of the three great festivals Kyoto).



Address: 339 Motoyama Kamigamo Kita-ku, Kyoto. Free admission Kamigmo-mae bus stop-jinja but are guided in payment, but only in Japanese visitors. Website: http://www.kamigamojinja.jp/english/index.html

9. Templo Nishi-Hongan-ji

Nishi-Hongan-ji Buddhist temple here Shin Buddhist teachings are followed.

Shinran's teachings were simpler than the doctrines of other Buddhist schools and became very popular among the poor. His influence grew, and eventually, the shogun rulers feared the influence of the temple. Therefore, the sect was divided into two schools, this is the rival of Higashi Hongan-ji temple located within walking distance.


Address: sagaru Hanauya-cho, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Bus stop Kyoto Nishi-Hongan-ji-mae Train Station Kyoto is pretty quick walk (about 10 minutes). Free entrance

Open daily hours: 6: 00-17: 00 (Jan & Feb ..) / 5: 30-17: 30 (Mar Apr ..) / 5: 30-18: 00 (May to August.) / 5: 30-17: 30 (September and October) / 6: 00-17 .. .. 00 (November and December) http://www.hongwanji.or.jp/english/


10. Higashi Honganji

Cerca de Nishi-Hongan-ji, here are more tourists, because it is closer to the central station. Free entrance

11. Fushimi Inari

This shrine was the scene of the film Memoirs of a Geisha, as it is very popular. It is a few minutes by train from Kyoto in commuter train on the JR Nara line. Low in the second stop of the line (Inari).



There is a small Shinto shrine is at the top of the mountain, but they getting are few 4 kilometers, the rise is the marked path with thousands of red torii gates ”.


If the hot summer and you can save part of the climb, but make sure you get where there is a small balcony from where you see a nice view of Kyoto. Admission is free. Other views 5 Views overlooking Kyoto [Infographics]

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