Unforgettable Places to See in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan

If you’re planning to experience the best of Japan’s culture, you should definitely visit the ancient capital – Kyoto Prefecture. During our recent trip to Japan, we visited four prefectures – Kyoto, Osaka, Toyama and Gifu. Among these four, Kyoto has the most number of cultural sites with a century-old history. There is no doubt it is one of the most popular tourist spots in Kansai, and the prices are a little bit higher as compared to other prefectures. Below is a list of the most unforgettable places to see in Kyoto Prefecture.

Unforgettable Places to See in Kyoto Prefecture

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

This one is on top of my list and is located at the base of Inari Mountain in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. Each of Fushimi Inari-taisha’s roughly thousand Torii was donated by a Japanese business.

Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

The Golden Pavilion is a three-story building where the top two stories are covered with pure gold leaf. Thus, the name. It functions as a shariden (่ˆŽๅˆฉๆฎฟ), housing relics of the Buddha (Buddha’s Ashes). It is one of the most popular buildings in Nihon.

Nijล Castle

It is one of the seventeen Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Yasaka Pagoda

Looking for a charming streetscape? Here’s a well-preserved landmark in Kyoto and is considered to be one of the most outstanding in Higashiyama District. It is an amazing place to go for a walk. You can explore this place with narrow lanes and traditional houses.

Starbucks in Kyoto

The world’s first Japanese-style Starbucks with tatami flooring and noren curtains is in Kyoto Prefecture. Not only that, this Startbucks is situated in a 100+ year old traditional building. It is one of the most unique Starbucks in the world and one of the most unforgettable places to see in Kyoto.

Puchi Marry Cat Cafe

See blog post here. Paradise with cats is in Kyoto! This cat cafe receives you with the cutest furry hosts – MEOW. A comfy place for fur parents to enjoy, watch movies, read comics, play PS4, and cuddle with CAAAAAAATS! For the furry hosts, you can buy them treats and can stay as long as you want!

Ichiran Ramen

Sure, we made sure to try out other ramens here in PH and Jap as well, but Ichiran ramen definitely and will always win my heart. Please don’t miss this place out.

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Kyoto Station

Aside from being the main entry point, the Kyoto Station Area is also a shopping district. You can also see here the Kyoto tower. But, what I love about this point are the Cube Food Court on the 11th floor of the building where excellent restaurants can be found, and the Kyoto Ramen Koji where ramen restaurants reside under one roof! Heaven.

Visiting Japan is a bucket list experience. Kyoto has all the reasons to be visited regardless of the season. I hope that you get to experience all of these soon.

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Bill Sweeney
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Japan is one country I hope to travel to eventually. There is so much beauty and culture there. Kyoto looks amazing and I want to go there specifically. Your photos really capture the beauty

Brianne Tursi Manz
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I want our family to travel to Japan someday. Kyoto is so beautiful, and would definitely have to be one of the places we stop and visit. I wouldn’t mind spending a couple of nights there either!

Denise @In-Home Medical
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I feel like you shared your personal travel diary. If I go to Kyoto, I’ll definitely reference this. Thank you!

Ntensibe Edgar
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Nnnniiiccceeeeee…I wanna start with “Ichiran Ramen” when I am in Kyoto!

Nicole
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Wow, this looks amazing! I would love to visit here one day!

Matt Taylor
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Matt Taylor

Time to add Japan on my bucket list. I would go just to visit that cat cafe! lol I love cats! ๐Ÿ™‚

the joyous living
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oh my gosh. a hello kitty subway!!!! how fun is that?? and that’s very interesting how a business donated all the Torii. Is the writing on the Torii about the business? joy

Tiffany La Forge-Grau
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Tiffany La Forge-Grau

Japan is like top three for my travel spots. This looks like amazing place to check out while I am there.

Kendall
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Dying to visit Kyoto. Soon hopefully.

Lily
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Lily

Japan is a dream trip of mine. Kyoto look so beautiful and whimsical I cant wait to visit!

Melanie williams
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Melanie williams

I am loving all your pictures for sure. Looks like you had an amazing time and a fab holiday

Amber Myers
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OH wow, all of these places look incredible! I would love to make it to Kyoto one day. I’d be all about the cat cafe.

Joanna
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Joanna

I love cat cafes, I try to find one everywhere I go. I am also a foodie, so a visit to Ichiran for a bowl of ramen would have to be added to my itinerary.

Christiana Acha
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Japan Is an incredibly beautiful and quiet country and I can’t wait to see it for myself. I would start my visit with All of these places that you mentioned.

Tara Pittman
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I love that the train is painted. I would love to ride a Hello Kitty train

Kay
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I don’t want to visit, I NEED to visit Japan!

Natalia
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Japan has always been very fascinating to me! I’d love to visit it one day to get to know the culture a little bit closer. I love ramen, so I’d like to try it there for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Chad
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I’ve heard sooooooo much about Kyoto but i’ve never been. I’ve actually never been to Japan and I would looooooove to go there soon.

Marie Phillips
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Every place looked even more beautiful than the last–I love architecture. And the cats–those two middle ones are so different and beautiful! The food also looked super yummy. I would love to go to Japan one day. Maybe once my kids are all grown.

Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland
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Japan is high up on my travel list! We’re planning on going in 2021 but I’m hoping we can make it there sometime this year.

Nyxie
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Beautiful! I can’t wait to finally bite the bullet and go to Japan! It’s the dream ๐Ÿ˜€

Heather @ US Japan Fam
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All great spots!! The only one I haven’t been to is the Starbucks LOL so now it’s on my list for our next trip, likely this summer, our 3rd time taking all 3 of our kiddos!

Krysten Quiles
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Man there are so many cool things to see in Japan. I have a friend who wants to teach out there when she’s done with school, and now I see why! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

Debbie
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All of these places look amazing. I’d love to visit Kyoto some day.

Enriqueta E Lemoine
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Japan has been in my bucket list since forever. Your post made want to make my first stop in lovely Kyoto. Thanks for sharing!

Shoma
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Osaka and Kyoto are definitely on my bucket list to see! I love the beautiful pictures in this post and now I want to go ASAP!

Sophia
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Sophia

Japan seriously looks amazing. There is so much beauty there! I need to plan a trip soon.

Myrah Duque
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Wow! What beautiful architecture. Japan is my bucket list. Kyoto is amazing and would definitely be a stop.

Peachy
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I am so jealous! Japan is one of those places on my bucketlist. Look at that Starbucks in that pretty building! you don’t see that everyday.