Meiji Shrine
A Shinto shrine dedicated to the souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, Meiji is surrounded by lush forests that are a haven of peace in the big city.
An important Rinzai Zen temple on the Path of Philosophy, Nanzenji has a beautiful Zen garden and extensive grounds.
Originally intended to be coated in silver, this harmonious temple ended up in simple wood. It houses an image of Kannon and includes lovely gardens.
Toshogu Shrine
A uniquely ornate Shinto shrine dedicated to the Tokugawa shoguns.
This temple complex is considered one of the best places to experience Zen art, architecture and practice.
Founded in 607 AD, Horyuji is where Buddhism blossomed and spread throughout Japan. The temple boasts the oldest wooden building in the world.
Sanjusangendo houses 1,001 statues of Kannon in Japan's longest wooden building.
This popular Buddhist temple offers a healing waterfall and an incredible view over the city of Kyoto from its wooden terrace.