These are the things which draw the visitors to Kyoto. I’ll take a break from the descriptive stuff and just set out some photos based on sets of similar sights – with brief explanations. Enjoy.
Shrines – radiant vermilion offset with white, animal statues and distinctive torii (gates). Kyoto’s Shinto shrines stand out from the Buddhist temples as the sacred worship sites of Japan’s ancient and indigenous spiritual belief. Note that jinja is Japanese for shrine.
Temples – adorned with wonderful statues, carvings, ponds, art and amazing gardens, Kyoto’s Buddhist temples have long histories tangled up in political power struggles between the various schools of Buddhism and their powerful, secular patrons.
Gardens – no space on this page, see next entry.