Culture and Tradition


Kenninji Temple

Kenninji is the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, founded in 1202 by Yousai, the guy who brought Zen and the concept of drinking tea to Japan.

Chishakuin entrance

Chishakuin Temple

Chishakuin is the headquarters of the Chisan School of Shingon Buddhism. It’s a large, peaceful temple, great after visiting the Sanjusangendo Temple.

Sanjusangendo bodhisattvas

Sanjusangendo Temple

Kyoto’s Sanjusangendo Temple houses a thousand almost life-sized Kannon bodhisattvas in a single massive hall. A unique sight to behold.

Omoide Yokocho

Omoide Yokocho Shinjuku

Tucked away in bustling Shinjuku is a little alley that brings back memories of old Japan: Omoide Yokocho. It’s a retro street, crammed with yakitori shops, beer, and locals.

Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine is a colorful, spacious complex that instills awe in the average traveler. It worships Kyoto’s first and last emperors.

Kyoto Sento Imperial Palace

Kyoto Sento Imperial Palace

Enjoy the beautiful royal gardens of Kyoto Sento Imperial Palace on their official guided tour.

Okazaki Shrine rabbits

Okazaki Shrine

Come visit the stone rabbits of Okazaki Shrine, praying for safe childbirth, finding love, and keeping away misfortune. Cute little stop for rabbit fans.

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Explore Kyoto’s iconic Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, a gorgeous path lined with bamboo and bamboo fences, leading to several remote temples.