Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is one of the country's ten largest cities with a population of 1.5 million people and a modern face. Kyoto is one of the most popular cities for tourism in the world for its great heritage sites and cultural experiences. There are 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites around Kyoto, and you can visit a part of them easily from the venue. You can also easily access Downtown Kyoto for several cultural sites and nice Japanese cuisines.
Easily Accessible Sites
Nijo Castle was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867). Nijo Castle is selected as a World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
Website: Nijo Castle(japan-guide.com)
Access: Take metro Karasuma-line to Karasuma-Oike station, and transfer to the Tozai-line to Nijojo-mae station.
Kinkakuji is a Zen temple in northern Kyoto whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf. Kinkakuji Temple is selected as a World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
Access: Take metro Karasuma-line to Kitaoji station and take a taxi (10 minutes, 1000-1200 yen) or bus (10 minutes, 230 yen, bus numbers 101, 102, 204 or 205) from there to Kinkakuji.
Kyoto Imperial Palace
The Kyoto Imperial Palace used to be the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until 1868.
Access: Take metro karasuma-line to Imadegawa or Marutamachi stations.
Ponto-cho Alley (Downtown Kyoto)
Pontocho is one of Kyoto's most atmospheric dining areas where lots of excellent restaurants are available.
Access: Take metro Karasuma-line to Karasuma-Oike station, and transfer to the Tozai-line to Sanjo Station.
Nishiki Market (Downtown Kyoto)
Nishiki Market is a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen.”
Website: Nishiki Market(japan-guide.com)
Access: Take metro Karasuma-line to Shijo station.
Other Popular Heritage Sites in Kyoto
Kiyomizudera is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. Kiyomizudera Temple is selected as a World Heritage Sites of UNESCO.
Website: Kiyomizudera Temple(japan-guide.com)
Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings.
Kyoto City Official Travel Guide:https://kyoto.travel/en