Kyoto

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
【World Heritage】 
 
     
 
Command the view of Kyoto City from Stage of Kiyomizu
The Main Hall (a national treasure) is famous for its Kiyomizu-no-butai (stage of Kiyomizu). This architecture with the huge stage follows the elegant Shinden-zukuri style and was built over a cliff supported by 139 pillars. Most of the remaining buildings were rebuilt in 1633. Water from Otowa-no-taki Fall, which is the origin of the temple's name, is said to be miraculous water which cures all illnesses. The area provides a spectacular view of Kyoto, including the cherry blossoms in spring and colored leaves in autumn. (Photo:JNTO)
       
●Open/6:00-18:00 (-18:30 in summer)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/300  ●Tel/075-551-1234
◆Access/10 min. walk from Kiyomizu-michi bus stop by city bus from JR Kyoto Stn.
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Kyoto National Museum
 
 
     
 
Housing approximately 12,000 pieces of valuable cultural assets
It houses plenty of archaeological materials and antiques from Japan, China and other Oriental countries, and the exhibition, preservation and research of cultural assets are carried out here. Nearby is the Sanjusangendo, well-known for the 1001 statues of multi-armed deities.
       
●Open/Open/ 9:30-18:00 (Vary according to the day, Last entry 30 min. before the closing)
●Closed/Monday (the following day when Mon. falls on national holidays), The beginning and the end of year  ●Fare/¥500 (permanent collection only)  ●Tel/075-525-2473
◆Access/A short walk from Hakubutsukan Sanjusangendo-mae bus stop by city bus from JR Kyoto Stn. or a 7 min. walk from Keihan Shichijo Stn.
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Sake Breweries in Fushimi Area
 
 
     
 
The home of Sake with a concentration of Japanese Sake breweries
The area of Fushimi is famous for sake breweries. A row of willows and breweries with plastered walls line the street and make the scenery attractive. This is a typical view in Kyoto. There are a lot of places to visit including Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Museum. During the brewing season in winter, the whole area is filled with the favorable smell of maturing sake to give the impression as sake breweries.
       
●Open/[Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Museum] 9:30-16:30
●Closed/[Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Museum] Aug. 13-16, the beginning and the end of year  ●Fare/[Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Museum]300  ●Tel/075-623-2056
◆Access/5 min. walk from Keihan Chushojima Stn.
       
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Byodoin Temple
【World Heritage】
 
     
 
Elegant looks of a bird with spread-out wings
This was originally a villa for Fujiwara-no-Michinaga. His son Yorimichi converted it into a temple in 1052, in the late years of Heian Period. The Hoodo, an image of which is featured on the 10-Yen coin, represents the Land of Happiness which noblemen dreamt of. Its elegant figure is very famous and tells us the prosperity of the Fujiwara family.
       
●Open/ Garden 8:30-17:30 / Byodoin Museum Hoshokan 9:00-17:00 / Inside Hoo-do [Reception area : 9:10-16:10] *Admission starts at 9:30
●Closed/Open all-year round 
●Admission Fee / Adult : 600yen , Junior High and High School Students : 400yen , Elementary School Students : 300yen  ●Tel/0774-21-2861
◆Access/10 min. walk from Keihan /JR Uji Stn.
       
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Daigo-ji Temple
【World Heritage】
 
     
 
A temple of grand scale known for its cherry blossoms
The head temple of the Daigo school of Shingon esoteric Buddhism. Founded in 874, it has a five-story pagoda, the oldest wooden building in Kyoto Pref., and plenty of other national treasures and important cultural properties. It is also known for its beautiful cherry blossoms in April.
       
●Open/ Sanboin(the garden / house)9:00-17:00 (-16:00 on the next day of the 1st Sunday in Dec.-Feb.) / Garden (kondo Hall / Goju-no-to etc) 9:00-17:00 (-16:00 on the next day of the 1st Sunday in Dec-Feb.) / Daigo ji , Reihokan (Museum) 9:00-17:00 *Spring and autumn only.
●Closed/Open all-year round 
●Admission Fee / Adults 600 yen , Senior High and Junior High School Students 300 yen  
●Tel/075-571-0002
◆Access/10 min. walk from Subway Daigo Stn.
       
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Amanohashidate Spa
 
 
     
 
One of Japan's greatest landscapes with beautiful white sands and pine trees
One of Japan's 3 greatest landscapes situated in the north of Kyoto Prefecture. The contrast created by the 20m to 170m wide 3.6km long white sands and the lusciously green rows of pine trees is superb. It is nature's artwork created by the sands of the Sea of Japan carried out into the depth of the bay by the winds and waves, and swept away by River Noda in the mountains. There is also cycling and hot spring spa to be enjoyed.
       
●Tel/0772-22-8030(Amanohashidate Tourism Association)
◆Access/5 min. walk from Kita Kinki Tango Railway Amanohashidate Stn., 10 min. drive from Kyoto Longitudinal Expressway Miyazu Amanohashidate IC.
       
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