From the Yasaka Shrine to the Kyoto Imperial Palace, check out the attractions and foods of this Japanese city.
The entrance gates to the Yasaka Shrine, is a Shinto shrine famous for the Gion Matsuri, one of Japan’s largest festivals.
Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is a Zen Buddhist temple in northern Kyoto, whose top 2 floors are covered in gold leaf.
The grounds surrounding the Yasaka Shrine are lined with Japanese lanterns.
During a picturesque kaiseki meal, a small sashimi plate includes shrimp, salmon and toro.
A cat escaping the summertime heat takes a nap inside a stone lantern at Shusui-tei, a pond garden in the south end of the Kyoto Gyoen.
An interior view of the Kenshun-mon Gate at the Kyoto Imperial Palace. This gate was used by a Japanese empress and her mother.
A small waterfall down the trail from the Golden Pavilion.
Located in the Gion district, the Shiraume Ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn, has 6 rooms including the Umemi room with its tatami mats and private garden.
A view of the Kaito-ro, a covered bridge that connects the north edge of the Engetsu-chi pond and the north island, at Kyoto’s Shosei-en Garden.
Maruyama Park located among several temples is a great place to take a break and see statues of anti-shogunates Sakamoto Ryoma and Nakaoka Shintaro.
A view of Yasaka Shrine’s Main Hall and Buden Hall, which includes a dance stage.
A view through the Vermilion Torii Gates at the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
A dish of hamo, daggertooth pike conger, wrapped in bamboo leaf. This eel is revered in Kyoto and has so many bones that it requires a special knife and slicing technique.
The Boka-kaku gate at the Shosei-en Garden. The garden was originally completed in the 1657, but was destroyed by fires in 1858 and 1864, then rebuilt between 1865 and 1868.