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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

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Nijo Castle

Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle are both endorsed by those who travel for a living. On balance, Kiyomizu-dera Temple ranks slightly higher than Nijo Castle. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is ranked #1 in Kyoto with positive reviews from 5 reviews including Frommer's, Atlas Obscura and Michelin Guide.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Nijo Castle are both endorsed by those who travel for a living. On balance, Kiyomizu-dera Temple ranks slightly higher than Nijo Castle. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is ranked #1 in Kyoto with positive reviews from 5 reviews including Frommer's, Atlas Obscura and Michelin Guide.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Kyoto
location

Mt. Otowa, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

endorsements
  • 5 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Pilgrims have climbed Higashiyama's cobblestone streets lined with tea shops and craft vendors to this gorgeous mountainside temple for centuries. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    This is Higashiyama-ku's most famous temple, known throughout Japan for the grand views afforded from its main hall. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    A buzzing hive of activity perched on a hill overlooking the basin of Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera is one of Kyoto's most popular and most enjoyable temples Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    Dedicated to merciful Kannon, Kiyomizu-dera dates back to the 8C, although the current buildings date from the 17C Full Review →

  • 68

    Atlas Obscura

    A shrine contains nearly 200 statues of the Buddhist deity Jizo, dressed in bibs by parents who have lost a child.  Full Review →

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93
#3 in Kyoto

541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishiiru, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

  • 4 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Nijo Castle, begun in 1603, is a grandiose and unequivocal statement of the shogunate's power. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    The Tokugawa shogun's Kyoto home stands in stark contrast to most of Japan's other remaining castles, which were constructed purely for defense. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    The military might of Japan's great warlord generals, the Tokugawa shoguns, is amply demonstrated by the imposing stone walls and ramparts of their great castle, Nijō-jō, which dominates a large part of Northwest Kyoto Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 54

    The ceremonial rooms are embellished with paintings finished with gold, exemplary works of the Kano school, lavishly decorated coffered ceilings and superb tokonoma, altars which honour the ancestors. Full Review →

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