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North-western Kyoto
===By bus===
Northern Kyoto covers a large area, so many buses travel through the region. The #8 North (北8) bus makes a loop around the entire northern area. In the northwest, #59 passes most of the major attractions. In the northeast bus #4 and #5 each travel around popular touring spots.
The #8 is the only bus that will take you to and from the Takao area. The #17 bus will take you to the Ohara area. Both of these areas are located outside of the boundary of the ¥500 All-Day Bus pass, so do not purchase the pass if you are travelling to either of these areas.
===North-western Kyoto===
Visiting the vast temple complexes of north-western Kyoto can take the better part of a day. A suggested itinerary is to take the subway (Karasuma line) to Kitaoji station, and walk west along Kitaoji-dori. Daitokuji, Kinkakuji, Ryoanji and Ninnaji Temples are all on Kitaoji-dori, and about 15-30 minutes' walk apart. However if it is summer time and sweltering hot it is easy to take the bus from temple to temple as well, just read the route map at the stops. En route, you will see the giant "dai" (大) symbol burned on Mt. Daimon-ji, which can be climbed in an hour or so - look for the entrance near Ginkaku-ji (see below). If you're in Kyoto at night on '''August 16th''', look up - you'll see the (大) aflame. Hirano Shrine is a short walk south along Nishioji-dori from Kinkakuji. If you still have time left at the end of the day, take the pleasant electric railway (Keifuku Kitano line) from Omuro to Katabiranotsuji, then take the JR Sagano line from nearby Uzumasa station back to central Kyoto.
[[Image:Kinkaku-ji_winter.jpg|thumb|300px|Kinkaku-ji in winter]]
*<see name="Kinkaku-ji Temple " alt="金閣寺" address="1 Kinkakuji-cho, Kita-ku" directions="It's only a short walk from '''Ryōan-ji''' (below), making for an easy pairing (and study in contrasts). ''Nearest bus stopstops: Kinkakuji-michi'' (routes 12, 59, 101, 102, 204, 205) or ''Kinkakuji-mae''(12 and 59)" phone="" url="" hours="Open daily 9am9 AM-5pm5 PM" price="Admission fee is ¥400" lat="" long="">The '''Temple of the Golden Pavilion''', formally known as '''Rokuonji''' (鹿苑寺), is the most popular tourist attraction in Kyoto. The pavilion was originally built as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in the late 14th century, and converted into a temple by his son. However, the pavilion was burnt down in 1950, by a young monk who had become obsessed with it. (The story became the basis for Yukio Mishima's novel ''The Temple of the Golden Pavilion''.) The beautiful landscaping and the reflection of the temple on the face of the water make for a striking sight, but keeping the mobs of visitors out of your photos will be a stern test for your framing abilities. Get there early if you can to beat the school groups. Visitors follow a path through the moss garden surrounding the pavilion, before emerging into a square crowded with gift shops. It's only a short walk from '''Ryōan-ji''' (below), making for an easy pairing (and study in contrasts). </see>
*<see name="Ryōan-ji" alt="龍安寺" address="" directions="Nearest bus stop: Ryōanji-mae, route 59; nearest Randen tram stop, Ryoanji-michi" phone="075-463-2216" url="" hours="Open daily 8am8 AM -5pm 5 PM (Mar-Nov), 8.30am:30 AM -4.30pm :30 PM (Dec-Feb)" price="Admission ¥500" lat="" long="">Famous for its Zen garden, which is considered to be one of the most notable examples of the "dry-landscape" style. Surrounded by low walls, an austere arrangement of fifteen rocks sits on a bed of white gravel. That's it: no trees, no hills, no ponds, and no trickling water. Behind the simple temple that overlooks the rock garden is a stone washbasin called Tsukubai said to have been contributed by Tokugawa Mitsukuni in the 17th century. It bears a simple but profound four-character inscription: "I learn only to be contented". There is a fantastic boiled tofu (湯豆腐 yudōfu) restaurant on the grounds, which you should be able to find by following the route away from the rock garden and towards the exit. It is slightly expensive, but serves delicious, traditional tofu dishes. The rest of the grounds are worth a look too - particularly the large pond.</see>
*<see name="Ninnaji Temple" alt="仁和寺" address="" directions="Nearest bus stop: Omuro Ninnaji, routes 10, 26, 59" phone="075-461-1155" url="" hours="Open daily 9am9:00 AM -4.30pm:30 PM" price="Walking around the temple grounds is free however, entrance to the former palace building costs ¥500" lat="" long="">Another large temple complex which is often overlooked by tourists. Admission to the grounds is free, allowing visitors to view the 17th century five-story pagoda, and the plantation of dwarf cherry trees (which are always the last to bloom in Kyoto, in early-mid April). Inside the former palace building (which admission is charged to enter) some beautifully painted screen walls are featured, along with a walled garden. In the hills behind the temple, there is a delightful miniature version of the renowned [[88 Temple Pilgrimage]] in Shikoku, which takes an hour or two (rather than a month or two). This can provide a delightful end to a day of looking at tourist attractions.</see>
*<see name="Daitokuji Temple" alt="大徳寺" address="53 Murasakino" directions="Nearest bus stop: Daitokuji-mae, routes 28 and 91" phone="075-491-0019" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A large temple complex, boasting many smaller sub-temples within its grounds. Daitokuji is the quietest of the temples in north-western Kyoto, and if you visit it at the start of the day, you could virtually have it to yourself. Eight of the twenty-four subtemples sub-temples are open to the public (most days 9am9 AM -5pm5 PM), and each charges an admission fee (around ¥400). The two most popular sub-temples are '''Daisen-in''', located on the northern side of the temple complex, which has a beautiful Zen garden, along with delicious cinammon sweets that only this temple has rights to sell/produce (you can sample one if you get the tea or buy a pack for ¥700), and '''Koto-in''' particularly noted for its maple trees, which are beautiful in autumn, if you don't mind the crowds, and '''Hoshun-in''' which features the same architectural style as Kinkakuji and Ginkakuji Temples as a backdrop to the elegant bridge over a pond.</see>
*<see name="Imamiya Shrine" alt="" address="21 Imamiya-cho Murasakino Kita-ku" directions="Just outside of the Daitokuji complex" phone="075-491-0082" url="" hours="" price="Entrance is free" lat="" long="">Although the current structure dates back to 1902, the original was built during the Heian Period. At the time, the city was being plagued by illness and disease, so Imamiya Shrine was built to appease the gods. Even today, many visitors come to pray for good health and to ward of off illness.</see>
*<see name="Tōji-in" alt="" address="" directions="Nearest bus stop: Tojiin-machi, routes 10 and 26; nearest Randen tram stop, Toji-in" phone="075-691-3325" url="" hours="8 AM to 4:30 PM" price="Entrance is ¥500" lat="" long="">Dedicated to the Ashikaga family, the statues inside represent each Ashikaga ruler. The temple also features a lovely garden.</see>
[[Image:Kyoto hirano shrine.jpg|thumb|300px|Hirano Shrine]]
*<see name="Hirano Shrine" alt="平野神社" address="Hirano Miyamoto-cho, Kita-ku" directions="Nearest bus stop: Waratenjin-mae, routes 50, 102, 204, 205" phone=075-461-4450"" url="" hours="Open from 6 AM to 5 PM" price="Admission is free" lat="" long="">A small shrine, which is an especially popular destination during the cherry blossom season, setting up amusement and food stalls. A small park of cherry trees next to the shrine is hung with lanterns and drawings by local schoolchildren. </see>
*<see name="Kitano Tenmangu" alt="" address="" directions="Nearest bus stop: Kitano Tenmagumae, routes 10 and 50; just east of Kitano Hakubai-Cho, additional routes 101, 102, 204, 205" phone="075-461-0005" url="" hours="Normal hours: 9 AM to 5 PM, on the 25th of every month hours extend from 7 AM to 9 PM" price="The shrine is free to enter, though the treasure house charges a separate &yen;300 admission" lat="" long="">Kitano Tenmangu Shrine was built to appease the soul of Michizane Sugawara, who was a respected member of the Heian Court until he was exiled to [[Kyushu]] after falling into disfavor with the Emperor. He died while in exile, and soon after his death, a series of natural disasters mysteriously began plaguing Kyoto. Many suspected that it was the soul of Michizane seeking vengeance, so in order to console his spirit, he was made the God of Learning, and Kitano Tenmangu was built to honor him. Many plum trees were planted within and around the grounds of the shrine, because they were Michizane's favorite flowers, so this shrine is especially beautiful during the plum blossom season from mid-February to mid-March.</see>
*<see name="Myoshinji Temple" alt="" address="64 Hanazono Myoshinji-cho, Ukyo-ku" directions="Nearest bus stop: Myoshin Kitamon-mae, routes 10 and 26. Nearest Randen tram station: Myoshinji" phone="075-461-5226" url="" hours="" price="Admission fee: ¥500" lat="" long="">A large Zen temple complex famous for its large collection of famous artwork. To enter the main hall of Myoshin-ji, you must pay for a tour (tours typically operate every 20 minutes). Inside the main hall you'll find the temple's large dragon painting on the ceiling and the bell. Myoshinji's bell was made in 698, making it one of the oldest in Japan. As one of the head Zen temples, there are many sub-temples on the temple grounds, each with its own sites and separate fees. Some of the sub-temples are even available for overnight stays and meditation (see "Sleep" section).</see>
===Takao area===
*<see name="Kyoto Botanical Garden" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="¥200 to see the outdoor flowers and gardens and an additional ¥200 to see the indoor botanical garden" lat="" long="">Japan's first botanical garden, the Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Garden is quite large and houses a wide variety of plants. It is a popular place for plum blossom viewing in February and early March and cherry blossoms, which typically bloom in early April. The indoor garden has a wide variety of tropical plants, desert cactuses, and other plants. The entrance fee only covers the outside gardens, but the additional fee to see the garden is quite nominal, so it is well worth it.</see>
*<see name="Shugakuin Imperial Villa" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="075-211-1215" url="" hours="You must make reservations in order to visit Shugakuin" price="Entrance is free" lat="" long="">A beautiful garden villa commissioned by Emperor Gomizuno-o in 1655 and completed four years later. The area is separated into three different areasseparate villas. In the lower villa, you'll find a lovely garden with a stream running through it and the Jugetsukan, where the emperor relaxed before making his way to the upper villa. The middle villa is home to the Rakushi-ken, princess Akinomiya's home, and the Kyaku-den, which was also given to Akinomiya when the consort that is was built for died prior to its completion. These buildings contain some particularly beautiful artwork, and an interesting flat pine tree. After seeing all of that, you will finally be escorted to the upper villa. Upon entering the villa, you will ascend the stairs to discover a gorgeous view of the garden and Yokuryu Pond. The tour ends with a stroll along the outer edges of a pond, past a waterfall and the bridges. Princess Diana was once a guest here, a fact the tour guides love to share with visitors. The best time to visit is said to be the autumn when the leaves are changing. If you plan to visit, make your reservation 3 months in advance for the best chances.</see>
*<see name="Entsuji TempleEntsu-ji" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A temple famous for its gardens. A particularly unique feature of this garden is incorporation of [[Mount Hiei]], of which there is a great view from the temple, into the layout of the garden.</see>
*<see name="Myoman-ji" alt="" address="91 Hataedacho Iwakura" directions="" phone="075-791-7171 " url="" hours="" price="Temple grounds are free, entrance to the main hall and garden ¥300" lat="" long="">For anyone looking to see something slightly different from the standard Japanese temple, Myoman-ji offers a replica of [[Bodh Gaya]]'s Mahabodhi Temple, where the Buddha obtained Enlightenment. The rest of the complex is quite Japanese, but still very beautiful, with artwork and a garden.</see>
*<see name="Shisendo Temple" alt="" address="27 Monguchi-machi" directions="" phone="075-781-2954 " url="" hours="" price="Entrance is ¥500" lat="" long="">Built in 1641, this temple once housed the poet Jozan Ishikawa. Inside the temple there are portraits of 36 influential Chinese poets. Outside there is a garden filled with many azaleas.</see>
===Ohara area===
[[Image:Kyoto sanzen-in.jpg|thumb|200px|Sanzen-in Temple]]
*<see name="Jakko-in" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="075-744-2545" url="" hours="Open from 9 AM to 5 PM" price="Entrance is ¥500" lat="" long="">Built in honor of Prince Shotoku's father, the temple's Jizo contains 6000 tiny Buddha statues inside. The temple is also significant as the final resting place of Empress Kenreimonin, the only member of the Taira clan to survive in the Tales of Heike.</see>
*<see name="Sanzen-in Temple" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="Open from 8 AM to 5 PM" price="Entrance fee: ¥700" lat="" long="">As the top attraction in the Ohara area, this temple is well worth the visit. Housed within the temple are three ancient Buddha statues. Outside, there is a lovely moss garden and a variety of buddhist statues ranging from the typical spiritual statues to adorable, animated statues.</see>
*<see name="Raigo-in Temple" alt="" address="537 Raigo-in-cho, Ohara" directions="" phone="075-744-2161" url="" hours="Open from 9 AM to 5 PM" price="Entrance is ¥300" lat="" long="">A temple famous for its Buddhist chants, visitors can hear these chants for free on Sundays at 1 PM. Sutra copying is also offered for ¥1000.</see>
*<see name="Amidaji TempleAmida-ji" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">A temple where followers are trained to recite the Nyoho Nenbutsu chants. The statue kept within the shrine was originally adorned with the hair of the temple's founding priest.</see>
*<see name="Shorin-in Temple" alt="" address="187 Shorinin-machi" directions="" phone="075-744-2409" url="" hours="Open from 9 AM to 5 PM" price="Entrance is ¥300" lat="" long="">The priest Honen's famous question-and-answer session was held in the temple's hondo. At the session, he is said to have shined the temple's principal Buddhist sculpture using only his prayers. </see> * <see name="Hosen-in" alt="" address="187 Shorinin-machi, Ohara" directions="" phone="075-744-2409" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Open from 9 AM to 5 PM" price="Entrance is ¥600">Like Yogen-in in [[Kyoto/Higashiyama|Higashiyama]], the ceiling of Hosen-in was built using the floorboards of Fushimi Castle, where a bloody historic battle took place. As a result, you'll notice blood stains on the ceiling. Outside, there is a charming garden containing a famous 700 year old pine tree.</see>
* <eat name="Kurazushi" alt="" address="4 Hiranomiyajiki-cho" directions="Between Ryoan-ji and Kinkaku-ji, across from the Inshodomoto Museum of Fine Arts" phone="075-466-6101" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Open from 11 AM to 11 PM" price="¥100 per dish" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A cheap and fun way to dine. For every five plates you finish, put the down the shoot to play a game on the screen above the sushi. Each game is different, but you'll typically be asked to choose one of three options and then watch the animation to see if you win. If you win, you get a prize. It's entertaining, and the sushi is tastes good.</eat>
* <eat name="Matsuno Manryo" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="075-701-1577" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Open from noon to 9 PM (last serving at 7:30 PM" price="Prices range from ¥4000-20000. A small bowl of eel soup (considered to be the most famous dish) is ¥5000">An expensive restaurant recommended for those craving high-quality eel, as it is famous for its eel dishes.</eat>
*<eat name="Bistro Cerisier" alt="ビストロ スリージェ bisutoro suriije" address="" directions="A 4 minute walk from Demachiyanagi Station" phone="075-723-5564" url="" hours="Lunch 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Dinner 6 PM to 9:30 PM (Closed Wed.)" price="Expect to pay ¥1,000-3,000" lat="" long="">A French restaurant decorated with a variety of French posters. They claim to have the approval of the French themselves.</eat>
Most of the drinking options in the Northern area are located in the Eastern section, within walking distance of Keihan and Eizan Railway stations.
* <drink name="Bar Moonwalk" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Drinks sell for about &yen;200 ¥200 each, though expect smaller quantities of alcohol than the average bar." lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Offers a large selection of drinks at a great cost. Finger food is also available.</drink>
*<drink name="Ringo" alt="" address="23 Tanakamonzen-cho B1" directions="" phone="075-721-3195" url="" hours="Open from 5 PM to 3 AM. Closed Mondays" price="Cocktails cost ¥400, handmade pizza ¥730" lat="" long="">A bar dedicated to the Beatles' singer Ringo Star, with Beatles memorabilia decorating the walls and even a cover band that plays here live. The fresh pizza is quite good.</drink>
*<drink name="The Flying Keg" alt="World Beer Bar" address="6 Tanakasatonomae-cho, Sakyo-ku" directions="Near Mototanaka Station on the Eizan Line" phone="075-701-0245" url="" hours="Open from 7 PM to 12:30 AM (1 AM on weekends)" price="Most drinks sell for ¥600-900, wines for ¥2000-3000" lat="" long="">A great place for anyone wanting to sample beers from around the world or missing beer from home, The Flying Keg offers beers from the U.S., Kenya, Germany, Ireland, Israel, China, Mexico, Australia, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, Belgium, New Zealand, the Caribbean, Italy, and the UK.</drink>
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