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Castle

Nijojo

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Highlight:Nijo - jo Castle、the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, was constructed in 1603. The palace is famous for its "Momoyama" architecture which consist of beautifully decorated sliding doors and floors that squeak when someone walks on them (a security defense measure against intruders)

Open:8:45am to 4:00pm
Admission:600 Yen
Address:541 Nijojo-cho Horikawa-nishiiru Nijo-dori Nakagyo-ku

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Temple

Nishihonganji

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Highlight:Nishi Honganji, also known as Hompa-Honganji, is the head temple of the Honganji branch of the Jodo-Shin sect of Buddhism. It was Founded in 1272 by a daughter of Shinran the sect's founder.

Open:5:30-6:00am to 5:00-6:00pm
Admission:free
Address:Hanayacho-sagaru Horikawa-dori Shimogyo-ku

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Shrine

Kitanotenmangu

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Highlight:This shrine was dedicated to the deity of scholastic studies Tenjinsan. Students preparing for exams will visit this shrine for good luck and guidance from the famous Sugawara-no-Michizane (Tenjinsan).

Open:5:30pm to 5:30pm
Admission:free
Address:Bakuro-cho Kamigyo-ku

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Ryoanji

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Highlight:Ryoanji is also known as the Temple of the Peaceful Dragon Zen, and is home to possibly the most famous Japanese rock garden. The garden is highly influenced by the ideals of the tea ceremony that flourished in the Muromachi era (1338-1573) The best time to enjoy the serene atmosphere is in the early morning before the large number of crowds arrive.

Open:8:30am to 4:30pm
Admission:400 Yen
Address:13 Goryonoshita-cho Ryoanji Ukyo-ku

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Adashinonenbutsuji

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Highlight:This temple houses the grave stones of over 8000 priests who are still unidentified in a great fire in the 16th century. A momorial ceremony is held every year where hundreds of lanterns are and set afloat down the river.

Open:9:00am to 5:00pm
Admission:500 Yen
Address:17 Adashino-cho Toriimoto Saga Ukyo-ku

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Nijojinya


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Mibudera


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Nin-naji


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Myoshinji


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Kozanji


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Daikakuji


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Gioji


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Tenryuji


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Koryuji


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Shrine

Matuotaisha


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Kegonji (Suzumushidera)


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Saihoji(Kokedera)


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Palace

Katsurarikyu Palace


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Yoshiminedera


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