World heritages

Kinkaku-ji Temple (The Golden Pavilion)
【World Heritage】 
The golden silhouette reflected on the pond is a sight to behold
Built in 1397, it is officially known as Rokuonji Temple. It was reconstructed after being burnt down by arson in 1950. Kinkakuji temple, reflecting its gorgeous appearance to a large pond is one of the most famous views in Kyoto. The gardens are designated as special historic spots in Japan. There is Yukatei-a tea-ceremony room which is famous for its hagi's chigaidana-asymmetrical shelves and alcove post made with sacred bamboos worth visiting, as well. (Photo:Rokuonji Temple)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults 400; Junior High and Elementary Schools 300  ●Tel/075-461-0013
◆Access/JR Kyoto Stn.→City bus to Kinkakuji-michi →A 3 min. walk
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Nijo Castle
【World Heritage】
The castle that continued to follow the history of Japan
Built as a villa in Kyoto by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603. The castle is guarded by a fort of 500 m long from east to west and 400 m long from north to south, which is surrounded by a moat. Surfaces of the hallways are specially processed, so that it makes a squeaky sound as feet touch them, as a means of protection from intruders. Nearby is the Kyoto Gyoen, which was the imperial palace for 500 years until the capital was moved to Tokyo. (Photo:JNTO)
●Open/8:45-17:00 (Last entry at 16:00)
●Closed/Tuesday in Jan., Jul., Aug., Dec. (the following day when Tue. falls on national holidays), The beginning and the end of year.  ●Entrance Fee / Adults : ¥600, high & junior high school students : ¥350, Elementary school students : ¥200,   ●Tel/075-841-0096
◆Access/A short walk from Subway Nijojo-mae Stn.
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Toji Temple
【World Heritage】 
The five-story pagoda is Japan's tallest wooden tower
Officially known as Kyooh Gokokuji. It was established to guard the nation in building Heiankyo. In 823, it was bestowed upon Kukai by the Emperor Saga, who turned it into a monastery for the Shingon Buddhist sect. Here stands the 57 m five-story pagoda (national treasure), Japan's tallest pagoda. Also known for its open-air market 'Kobo-san' every month on the 21st. (Photo:JNTO)
●Open/8:30-17:30 (8:30-16:30 during Sep.20-Mar.19)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Free (Kondo & Kodo Hall: ¥500/ Treasure house exhibition in Spring & Autumn: ¥500)  ●Tel/075-691-3325
◆Access/5 min. walk from Kintetsu Toji Stn.
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Kamigamo Shrine
【World Heritage】 
Retaining the flavor of imperial Japan
Officially known as Kamowake Ikazuchi shrine. This shrine boasts an expansive compound that has a total area of 690,000 sqm together with a mountain behind it. There are 34 buildings in the compound which are all designated as Japan's important cultural heritages. The current main hall, Honden, was reconstructed in 1863. This is the finishing point of the parade at one of the major festivals in Kyoto, Aoi Matsuri (Wild Ginger Festival) which is held on May 15. Kurabeuma , or ceremonial horse races (May. 5) and Karasu Zumo (Sep. 9), or Sumo fighting by kids are also popular events.
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Free  ●Tel/075-781-0011
◆Access/JR Kyoto Stn. →City bus to Kamigamo Misonobashi→ 5 min. walk
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Shimogamo Shrine
【World Heritage】 
Kyoto's oldest shrine lapped in woods
Officially known as Kamo-omiya Shrine. One of the Kyoto's oldest shrines, situated north of the primeval forest called Tadasu no Mori forest. The Aoi Matsuri is held every year on May 15 and parades showing scroll paintings from the Heian dynasty as well as glamorous costumes march from the Goden building in Shimogamo Shrine to Kamigamo Shrine. Mitarashie is an annual event held in July where people soak their feet in the Mitarashi River since it is believed that it prevents people from loosing weight in summer and catching disease.
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Free  ●Tel/075-781-0010
◆Access/8 min. walk from Keihan Demachi-yanagi Stn./JR Kyoto Stn. →City bus to Shimogamo Jinja-mae
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Ginkaku-ji Temple (The Silver Pavilion)
【World Heritage】
A serene and calm temple
Officially known as Jishoji temple. Built in 1482. The Dojinsai tearoom in Togudo is the oldest existing Shoin-zukuri style building. Furthermore, there are two heaped up mounds of sand called Ginsadan and Kogetsudai in the garden where white sand is arranged like gentle waves. The garden is designed to reflect the moonlight from behind Mt. Tsukimachi in order to appreciate its beauty. (Photo:JNTO)
●Open/8:30-17:00 (9:00-16:30 in Dec.-Feb.)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Admission Fee / Adults : ¥500, Elementary and junior high school students ¥300,  ●Tel/075-771-5725
◆Access/7 min. walk from Ginkakuji-michi bus stop by city bus from JR Kyoto Stn.
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