Kyoto’s most famous temple is an engineering wonder built to withstand earthquakes. It extends over a cliff supported by 18 massive pillars. Founded in 778 to honor Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy & Compassion, the World Heritage Site spreads along a wooded slope of Mount Otowa. Its’ famously offers stunning view of spring cherry blossoms, autumn foliage, and the city of Kyoto. The site also hosts Jishu Shrine, dedicated to the god of love and matchmaking.
Home to Japan's Imperial court for over 1,000 years Kyoto is the country's most historically significant city. It boasts 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, hundreds of shrines and temples, is home to traditional kaiseki cuisine, has many skilled artisans, and craft stores.