Kyoto is a lovely city of Japan. It is an interesting place to go sightseeing and shopping. Several beautiful temples are scattered across the city. A popular way of touring the city is to go on $50 bus trip, starting from the Kyoto Station that will take you all over Kyoto, halting at famous temple areas.
Although Kyoto has numerous temples but Kiyomizu Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kinkaku-ji Temple are the most popular ones that visitors to the city should not miss.
Overlooking the valley and the city square below, Kiyomizu Temple is perhaps the most popular temple of Kyoto. Located on Mt. Otowa Kyoto, this temple is dedicated to the goddess of mercy, Kannon. Built in 798AD, this temple was reconstructed in 1633. The temple houses a lovely waterfall inside its complex. The waterfall, Kiyoi Mizu, which runs down from the adjacent mountain, gives the temple its name, Kiyomizu. The interior of the temple has a main hall with a large veranda supported by numerous pillars. Just underneath the main hall, you will discover another waterfall, named Otowa-no-taki, where there water channels drain in a pond. The water from this waterfall is believed to have medicinal properties, ensuring good health to its drinkers. Admission to the temple is 300 yen, the temple is open from 6AM to 6PM. Along the main street leading to the temple you will find several shops selling souvenirs and Japanese snacks.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
This temple dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice is located at Inari Station. The pathway leading to the shrine is simply awesome. You have to walk up the hill slope through hundreds of tori gates to arrive at the shrine. The walking trail is surrounded by a forest. Your hike will be accompanied by the melodious call of the birds. You will spot a beautiful lake on your way. Along the path, you will find five small shrines. Fox is believed to be the messenger of Inari and you will find several stone statues of foxes adorning the main path. The path is also dotted with several wishing plagues shaped like fox heads. The hike might take about an hour.
This temple built in 1397 is entirely draped with gold leaves that have given the temple the name Golden Pavilion.