Take a look at our list of the top 20 things to do in Kyoto
Kyoto is a city located in the central part of Japan, and it was the capital city (Kyoto literally means “capital city”) for around a thousand years before that title was given to Tokyo. Kyoto, however, still remains a very important city, especially in a cultural and religious aspect. Tokyo shows the more modern side of Japan, while Kyoto symbolizes the traditional side. Palaces, shinto shrines and buddhist temples are located all around the city, really keeping look of a traditional imperial city from back in the day, but there are modern buildings as well of course. If you come to Japan, then definitely visit Kyoto as well since if you don’t, then it is like missing half of the real Japan. Tourist attractions are therefore numerous, so we have collected a list of the top 20 best things to do in Kyoto for you.
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
One of the most unique shinto shrines of Japan is the Fushimi Inari Shrine. The shrine is located on a hillside and is dedicated to Inari, the Shinto deity of rice and sake. The main feature of the shrine is the almost 10,000 red and orange lacquered torii gates that line the long path up Mount Inari, where the shrine itself is located. They are engraved with the names of those who donated them and even just regular people coming here. Thousands of people come here to see this beautiful line of mesmerizing gates, but of course the numerous fox sculptures and statues are just as popular.