Kyoto

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Courtesy Jakub Hałun

Kyoto has an abundance of historical and cultural sights, including more than 2,000 temples and shrines alone, so having a strict short list is key to avoid sight-seeing overload. First-time visitors will want to visit such major institutions as the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Gion District and the Golden Pavilion, though those interested in Zen gardens and/or Buddhism also have a slew of lesser-known temples and shrines to choose from. Be aware that some of Kyoto’s most unique treasures, like moss garden Koke-Dera are by appointment and special request only. Of the main Zen temples, Tenryu-ji Temple and Nanzenji Temple are among the most famous.

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