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Several excellent temples and gardens exist here in this otherwise largely residential area of Kyoto.

The three renowned Zen temples of Daitoku-ji, Kinkaju-ji (also known as the Golden Pavilion) and Ryoan-ji are in this district - all well worth a visit.

A View of the Golden Pavilion - Kinkaju-ji

To the north-east are a handful of places of interest - most notably Shugaku-in Rikyu - a 17th century imperial villa which has had a great  influence on subsequent Japanese architectural style. The temple of Enryaku-ji is also highly recommended.

Due west of Kyoto Station lies Katsura Rikyu - one of the most famous of all Japan's parks and gardens. Don't miss visiting one of the several excellent tea-houses here but be prepared as permission is required in order to gain access to the Imperial Villa at Katsura itself.

[NB It is important to remember that all Japanese Imperial Palaces and Villas require permission - arrive early on the day of your visit with your passport to stand any chance of being permitted entry]


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