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Kyoto has many worthwhile sights and it is advisable to plan your itinerary carefully. Even the most avid sightseer can become jaded after days of visiting yet another temple or shrine, no matter how beautiful or peaceful, so be sure to temper your visits to cultural and historical sights with time spent simply walking around.

Kyoto is a city best seen on foot; take time to explore small alleyways and curio shops, pausing from time to time to soak in the beauty and atmosphere. If you spend your days in Kyoto racing around in a taxi or a bus from one temple to another, the essence of this ancient capital and its charm may literally pass you by.

Popular attractions include:

Costume Museum Ginkakuji (The Temple of the Silver Pavilion) Heian Shrine Hosomi Art Museum Kinkakuji (The Temple of the Golden Pavilion) Kiyomizu Temple (Kiyomizudera) Kodai-ji Temple Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts (Fureaikan) Kyoto National Museum (Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan) Museum of Kyoto (Kyoto Bunka Hakubutsukan) Nijo Castle (Nijojo) Nishijin Textile Center (Nishijin-Ori Kaikan) Ryoanji Temple Sanjusangendo Hall Toei Uzumasa Eiga Mura (Toei Uzumasa Movieland)