Kyoto is known for its lush gardens, Buddhist temples, imperial palaces, and traditional geisha. Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto is spectacular in any season, but really shines when the sakura are in bloom. Read on for the best places to take photos in Kyoto.
Nestled among lush green trees surrounded by a moss-covered garden, Ginkakuji Temple is one of Kyoto’s must-visit zen temples. Walk along the circular route through the grounds to fully take in the scenery, including the temple’s popular sand garden.
Take in tradition in Gion, Kyoto’s famous geisha district where colourful kimonos are a common sighting. Stop for tea or dinner at one of Gion’s high-end restaurants or browse its classy boutiques.
Enjoy the gardens and mountain views at Tenryu-ji Temple and then make your way to the magical Bamboo Grove, where bamboo plants soar high above stretching into the sky where they create a breathtaking scene transporting you to another world.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
One of the most-visited sites in Japan, the popular Fushimi Inari Shrine is known for its thousands of vermillion gates that form a vibrant path up the hillside.
This charming pedestrian thoroughfare retains the historic feel of years past with its classic architecture, teahouses and cherry trees.
Over 1300 years old, Yasaka Shrine is one of Kyoto’s most important sacred places. Every July, it hosts Japan’s most famous festival, Gion Matsuri, a month-long celebration with many events. The most popular of these is the parade of floats, which happens about mid-way through the festival.