Historical buildings

Kokedera Temple
【World Heritage】 
120 species of moss cover the whole garden
The official name of the temple is Saihoji. Originally built by the priest Gyoki in Nara period (710-794), and reconstructed as a Zen temple by Musou Soseki in 1339. The temple is also known as a 'moss temple' since its garden is covered with about 120 kinds of moss. The scenery of moss and straight tall trees is just beautiful. The garden is regarded as one of the oldest in Japan. An appointment is necessary before visiting. (Photo:JNTO)
●Open/Specify when make an appointment
●Fare/3,000 (Needs a reservation)  ●Tel/075-391-3631
◆Access/Subway Shijo Stn. →City bus to Kokedera-michi
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Tenryuji Temple
【World Heritage】
Beautiful garden set against Arashiyama
Built in 1339. The garden was designated as the first special historic spot in Japan. Utilizing the background view of Kameyama and Arashiyama, the garden has both aristocratic elegance, and a subtle and profound atmosphere of Zen. The drawing 'Ryuunzu'-dragon flying in the cloud-by Matazo Kayama on the ceiling of Hojo room, is also called as 'Dragon glaring in 8 directions'. (Photo:JNTO)
●Open/8:30-17:30 (-17:00 during Oct.-Mar.)
●Closed/Open all-year round 
●Admission Fee / 【Garden only】High school students and older:¥500, Elementary and middle school students:¥300, Preschool children: Free
【Tenryu-ji Garden and Buildings】Admission Fees are the same as above, plus ¥100.
【Special Admission to the Cloud-Dragon Painting in the Hatto】¥500. Please note that the Dharma Hall Admission fee is separate from that for Tenryu-ji's garden and building. 
◆Access/JR Kyoto Stn.→City bus to Arashiyama Tenryuji-mae, /A 1 min. walk from Keifuku Arashiyama Stn.
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Ninna-ji Temple
【World Heritage】
Famous for Kyoto's most last-blooming Cherry trees
Built in 888. It is a prince priest's temple called the Omuro Gosho. In the large compound, there stand 2 important cultural assets, the five-story pagoda and the Nioh gate, and a national treasure, the main hall. Many of temple's assets are displayed in the Reiho building including the sedentary statue of Aizen Myoo. Also famous for 200 squat Omuro-zakura trees (cherry blossoms) that are as short as 2 m and bloom latest in Kyoto. (Photo:JNTO)
●Open/9:00-17:00 (Vary according to the season)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Admission Fee /Free(with the exception of cherry blossom time which is ¥500) Goten & Reiho museum ¥500.  ●Tel/075-461-1155
◆Access/JR Kyoto Stn.→City bus to Omuro-Ninnaji /A 3 min. walk from Keifuku Omuro Stn.
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Ryoan-ji Temple
【World Heritage】
The famous dry stone garden
This Zen temple, opened when Hosokawa Katsumoto reconstructed the old villa of Tokudaiji family in 1450. Noted for the rectangular white-sand Karesansui-style garden, stretching from east to west, in which 15 pieces of rocks of various sizes are laid out. However, one of the 15 rocks is always unable to be seen. This represents the teaching of Zen-do not always seek perfection. The interpretation of this theme relating to the garden may vary depending on the viewer's thoughts and emotions. (Photo:JNTO)
●Open/8:00-17:00 (8:30-16:30 in Dec.-Feb.)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Admission Fee/ Adult: 500yen, Children under 15: 300yen  ●Tel/075-463-2216
◆Access/JR Kyoto Stn. →City bus to Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae.
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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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