Famous Architecture Walking Tour, Kyoto

Famous Architecture Walking Tour, Kyoto
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Kyoto Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Kyoto Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Kyoto offers a great experience to those interested in architecture. here you will find a pleasant mixture of both modern and traditional Japanese architecture. Check out some of the most famous architectural sights of Kyoto in the next self-guided tour.

Famous Architecture Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Famous Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto (See other walking tours in Kyoto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.1 km
Author: emma
Kyoto Botanical Garden

1) Kyoto Botanical Garden

The Kyoto Botanical garden or the Kyoto Prefecture Botanical Garden is the first botanical garden established in Japan. It is located on the banks of the Kamogawa River and near the Kitayama Dori Street.

The garden was founded in 1917 and opened for public viewing in 1924. Allied forces took over the site after World War II and it became a botanical garden again only in 1961. It covers an area of over 240,000 square meters, and incorporates a conservatory - a large covered structure with...   view more
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Kyoto Concert Hall

2) Kyoto Concert Hall

The Kyoto Concert Hall is the home of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. The modern building has a unique design to give an excellent acoustic experience to the audience. It holds contemporary and classical music and dance performances all through the year.

The Kyoto Concert Hall was designed by architect Arata Isozaki, who also designed the Barcelona Olympic Pavilion. It opened its doors to the public in 1995 to commemorate the 1200th anniversary of the ancient city of Haienkyo, the old name for...   view more
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Shimogamo Shrine

3) Shimogamo Shrine (must see)

The Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. It is one of the 17 monuments in old Kyoto that have been declared World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.

The Shimogamo Shrine dates back to the 6th Century and was originally constructed to protect the city of Kyoto. It is located within a forest called Tadasu no Mori or Forest of Truth. It is dedicated to the deities, Kamotaketsunumi-no-mikoto and his daughter Tamayorihime-no-mikoto and the God of fire and Thunder,...   view more
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Kyoto Imperial Palace

4) Kyoto Imperial Palace (must see)

The Kyoto Imperial Palace was the former residence of the Emperors of Japan until the Capital of the country was shifted to Tokyo. It was also the venue where the enthronement of the Emperors of Japan took place until recently.

The present Kyoto Imperial Palace was built in 1855. It was constructed after a devastating fire destroyed a previous structure completely. Its design resembles the palaces of the Heian period in Kyoto. The buildings in the palace complex include the Dairi or Imperial...   view more
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Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

5) Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

The Kyoto Municipal Museum of art was established to commemorate the coronation of the Showa Emperor in 1928. It is the second largest public art museum in Japan.

The Kyoto Municipal Museum was opened to the public in 1933. It was first called the Showa Imperial Coronation Art Museum of Japan or the Kyoto Enthronement Memorial Museum of Art. It was housed in a European style brick building with Palace like proportions. After the Second World War, the occupation forces took over the building...   view more
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National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

6) National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto popularly known by the acronym, MOMAK is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of 20th century Japanese art. The unique architecture of the building housing the museum has made it a popular tourist attraction in Kyoto.

The National Museum of Modern art in Kyoto was first established as an annex of the Modern Art Museum in Tokyo. The present site was once the Kyoto Municipal Exhibition Hall for Industrial Affairs. MOMAK occupied the building from...   view more
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TIME'S Building

7) TIME'S Building

One of the most famous structures designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando is the TIME'S Building. Placed along a canal, this building is created to perfectly fit within the natural scenery of the preserved Pontocho area. There is a cafe established at the edge of the building, right above the canal, where visitors can enjoy a drink and get to experience the structure's close relationship with...   view more
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