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Dancers picture in Kyoto
Cherry Blossom picture in Kyoto
Arashiyama picture in Kyoto
Fushimi Inari Shrine picture in Kyoto
Geisha in Gion picture in Kyoto
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) picture in Kyoto
Shrine picture in Kyoto
Nijo Castle picture in Kyoto
Fushimi Inari Shrine picture in Kyoto
Kiyomizu Temple picture in Kyoto
Stalls at Nishiki Market picture in Kyoto
Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) picture in Kyoto
Gion Spring picture in Kyoto
Gion streets picture in Kyoto
Kiyomizu Temple picture in Kyoto
Okochi-Sanso Villa picture in Kyoto
Kyoto International Manga Museum picture in Kyoto
Kyoto picture in Kyoto
Arashiyama picture in Kyoto
Bamboo Forest picture in Kyoto
Market picture in Kyoto
Philosopher's Walk picture in Kyoto
Sanjusangendo Hall picture in Kyoto
Market picture in Kyoto
Ryoanji Temple picture in Kyoto
Philosopher's Walk picture in Kyoto
Cats picture in Kyoto
Golden Pavilion picture in Kyoto
Silver Pavilion picture in Kyoto
Ginkaku-ji picture in Kyoto
Ryoanji Temple picture in Kyoto
Nijo Castle Gardens picture in Kyoto
Nijo Castle picture in Kyoto
Shoren-in Temple picture in Kyoto
Kyoto Botanical Garden picture in Kyoto
Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama picture in Kyoto
Higashiyama picture in Kyoto
Traditional Breakfast picture in Kyoto

Dancers perform outside the Heien Shrine. Sanjay Mangal Getty Images

Plan a spring visit to Kyoto to marvel at the city's magnificent cherry blossom trees. Nigel Killeen Getty Images

Fall in Arashiyama is certainly spectacular. Liu Wai Yip Even Getty Images

The 2½-mile path up Mount Inari to the Fushimi Inari Shrine is lined with nearly 10,000 vermilion lacquered torii gates. The trail is gorgeous at any time of day, but at dusk the path takes on an eerie aura that many visitors find intriguing. Puripat Lertpunyaroj Getty Images

In central Kyoto's Gion neighborhood, you can find all the trappings of imperial Japan: wooden tea houses, cherry tree-lined streets and, of course, geisha. Michael H Getty Images

Kinkaku-ji's gold-leafed facade reflects in Mirror Lake in northern Kyoto.  wolfmaster13 Shutterstock

It's a long trek to the top of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, but these are the views that await you. ShantiHesse Getty Images

Built by the first Tokugawa Shogun in 1603, Nijo Castle is famous for its "nightingale floors," which were designed to "chirp" under even the lightest footstep to warn the shogun of intruders. wolfmaster13 Shutterstock

For fewer crowds, plan your visit to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in the morning or evening. Simone Parisi Flickr

Along the walk to Kiyomizu Temple, you'll pass by shops and cafes. Getty Images

Looking for some tasty Japanese fare? Look no further than Nishiki Market, a five-block-long shopping area in central Kyoto that sells everything from seafood to tofu ice cream. annhfhung Getty Images

It may not actually be silver, but the Silver Pavilion is still beautiful. You can't go inside, but you can admire this shrine from the moss garden and the sandy Zen garden. SeanPavonePhoto Shutterstock

Head to Gion in spring to see some of the city's most photo-worthy cherry blossoms. totororo Getty Images

According to past visitors, one of the main reasons to travel to Gion is wander its atmospheric streets. Jennifer Lavoura Getty Images

Kiyomizu Temple boasts some pretty spectacular views of eastern Kyoto's forests. Visit in the spring for the pink cherry blossoms or the autumn for the colorful leaves. toey19863 Getty Images

Among the bevy of attractions located within the Arashiyama area is the Okochi-Sanso Villa, which is said to rival the city's imperial properties. looyloz Getty Images

The Kyoto International Manga Museum features a massive collection of Manga-style comics from all around the world. kento.ikeda Flickr

Kyoto offers visitors a glimpse of traditional Japanese life and is close to beautiful bamboo gardens. Piriya Photography Getty Images

A charming, hilly neighborhood on Kyoto's western border, rural Arashiyama and its wooded parks make for a pastoral escape from the city's more modern elements. DoctorEgg Getty Images

This bamboo grove in Arashiyama is one of Kyoto's top sights. Kaoru Hayashi Getty Images

According to past visitors, the Nishiki Market is a "foodie heaven." Atw Photography Getty Images

Follow Philosopher's Walk in the Higashiyama district to stroll in the footsteps of 20th-century Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro. Tupungato Shutterstock

The longest wooden building in Japan, Sanjusangendo Hall is lined with 1,000 statues of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy. erysimum9 Flickr

You'll have the opportunity to a variety of locals snacks and delicacies at the Nishiki Market. coward_lion Getty Images

When you think "Zen" you might imagine a perfectly raked rock garden  and Ryoanji Temple has one of the most famous rock gardens in the world. Contemplate the garden's meaning or just snap a photo. Stanislav Komogorov Shutterstock

Thanks to the colorful foliage, autumn is another picturesque time to visit Philosopher's Walk. 7maru Getty Images

Cats are as much apart of Philosopher's Walk as the magnificent cherry blossoms. Marser Getty Images

If you're hoping to snap a picture of Kinkaku-ji sans the crowds, plan a morning visit and avoid the weekends. Steve Axt Flickr

The view from the grounds of Ginkaku-ji. Rufous52 Getty Images

Many recent visitors said that a stroll around the gardens of Ginkaku-ji is gorgeous, even if it gets crowded at times. blanscape Getty Images

The rock garden at the Ryoanji Temple is the star, but the grounds are just as beautiful. tupungato Getty Images

Past visitors described the gardens at Nijo Castle as "lovely" and "tranquil." nala_rinaldo Getty Images

Pay attention to the intricate architectural details while touring Nijo Castle. L. Bressand Getty Images

The Shoren-in Temple is favored by visitors for its lack of crowds and intricate gardens. Mathieu Thouvenin Flickr

If you need a break from Kyoto's crowded temples, past visitors suggest you head for the Kyoto Botanical Garden. greenantphoto Getty Images

You'll find the popular Monkey Park Iwatayama within Arashiyama. Kyoto CVB

Higashiyama is Kyoto's premier sightseeing district. Nigel Killeen Getty Images

If you're staying in a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), your breakfast could look something like this. TChareon Getty Images

Dancers picture in Kyoto
Cherry Blossom picture in Kyoto
Arashiyama picture in Kyoto
Fushimi Inari Shrine picture in Kyoto
Geisha in Gion picture in Kyoto
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) picture in Kyoto
Shrine picture in Kyoto
Nijo Castle picture in Kyoto
Fushimi Inari Shrine picture in Kyoto
Kiyomizu Temple picture in Kyoto
Stalls at Nishiki Market picture in Kyoto
Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) picture in Kyoto
Gion Spring picture in Kyoto
Gion streets picture in Kyoto
Kiyomizu Temple picture in Kyoto
Okochi-Sanso Villa picture in Kyoto
Kyoto International Manga Museum picture in Kyoto
Kyoto picture in Kyoto
Arashiyama picture in Kyoto
Bamboo Forest picture in Kyoto
Market picture in Kyoto
Philosopher's Walk picture in Kyoto
Sanjusangendo Hall picture in Kyoto
Market picture in Kyoto
Ryoanji Temple picture in Kyoto
Philosopher's Walk picture in Kyoto
Cats picture in Kyoto
Golden Pavilion picture in Kyoto
Silver Pavilion picture in Kyoto
Ginkaku-ji picture in Kyoto
Ryoanji Temple picture in Kyoto
Nijo Castle Gardens picture in Kyoto
Nijo Castle picture in Kyoto
Shoren-in Temple picture in Kyoto
Kyoto Botanical Garden picture in Kyoto
Arashiyama Monkey Park Iwatayama picture in Kyoto
Higashiyama picture in Kyoto
Traditional Breakfast picture in Kyoto

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