Grand shrines and Buddhist temples make Kyoto one of Japan's prettiest — and priciest — cities to visit. Yasaka Shrine, left, dedicated to the gods of health and prosperity, gets millions of tourists every year.
Pontocho Dori, a long and skinny alley, feels like a Japanese movie-set come to life: lanterns and looming billboards light the way past dozens of restaurants, bars and teahouses.
Arches support an aqueduct at Nanzen-ji temple, possibly the most beautiful — and therefore most popular — tourist attractions.
The Sanmon, or Mountain Gate, at Nanzen-ji temple.
Stepping stones cross a tranquil koi pond at Nanzen-ji.
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