Historical buildings

Yasaka Shrine
The shrine of Gion Festival, one of Japan's 3 greatest festivals
The shrine is believed to have been built on the site 794 years before the capital was moved from Nara to Kyoto. One of Japan's 3 greatest festivals the Gion Festival began to offer prayers to the God of Yasaka Shrine during the outbreak of plague in 869. The Gion Festival is held throughout July each year in Yasaka Shrine, but the highlight of the festival is the Yamahoko procession on the 17th, known as the "moving museum."
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Tel/075-561-6155
◆Access/5 min. walk from Keihan Gion Shijo Stn., 10 min walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn., and 2 min walk from Gion municipal bus stop from JR Kyoto Stn.
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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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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  
◆Access/10 min. walk from Subway Daigo Stn.
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Toshodaiji Temple
【World Heritage】 
The great temple that represents the Nara Period
This temple was founded in 759 by Priest Jianzhen from the Tang Dynasty. He was invited by Emperor Shomu and came to Japan overcoming many hardships. Kondo, or the main hall is the largest example of Tenpyo-style architecture existing, and there are Kutsugata (ancient roof ornaments) called "Tenpyo-no-iraka" on its roof. The precinct of the temple, including the Treasure House and other buildings, are vividly reminiscent of the temple in the Tenpyo Period. The 10-year restoration project finished in 2010.
●Open/8:30-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults: 600, Junior High and High Schools: 400  ●Tel/0742-33-7900
◆Access/10 min. walk from Kintetsu Line Nishi-no Kyo Station.
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Yakushiji Temple
【World Heritage】 
Conveying the spectacular Hakuho culture
Its unique layout of buildings called "Yakushiji-shiki Garan haichi"; Kondo (main hall) and Kodo (lecture hall) are placed in the center, between two three-story pagodas (East Pagoda and West Pagoda). The contrast between the original East Pagoda and the red and green West Pagoda, which was reconstructed in Showa Period, is breathtakingly beautiful. Three statues, including the principal image Yakushi-Nyorai, are among the most prominent works of Japanese Buddhist fine art.
●Open/8:30-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/Open all-year round  ●Fare/Adults ¥500 (¥800 during the special exhibition of Gensho Sanzoin Garan)  ●Tel/0742-33-6001
◆Access/A short walk from Kintetsu Nishi-no-kyo Stn.
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