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Kyoto

Sacred shrines, Zen gardens, bamboo groves and geisha

About Kyoto

Things to do in Kyoto

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Yabusame Shinji

Yabusame Shinji

If you are around Kyoto and love horse events, this could be a great event for you! You can enjoy watching horse riding as well as a traditional Japanese culture event all at once. Every year in early May. witness the Yabusame Shinji at Shimoga..

KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival

KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival

The Kyotographie International Photography Festival is held annually over 4 weeks during the spring, attracting over 250,000 visitors since its inaugural opening in 2013. Individual exhibitions are staged across Kyoto in a variety of both traditional..

Areas

Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate is one of the top three scenic spots in Japan and is the one closest to the urban centers of Osaka and Nagoya. Despite this, it remains a secret to visitors from around the world. Maybe they were thinking about Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, the ancient game of hundred cards. About a thousand ..

Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama is a Castle Town about 70 kilometers from Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Nestled in a southern part of the valley, it is surrounded by mountains to the South, East and West. The Castle was constructed in the warring states period under the direction of Akechi Mitsuhide, a general in the late 1..

Dining

Veg Out in Kyoto

Veg Out in Kyoto

Veg Out Cafe in Kyoto overlooks the Kamagawa river and as the name suggests provides customers with a place to relax. The design of the cafe is welcoming and inclusive. It feels as though you are expected to stay for more then just a meal and unwind..

The Kanra Kitchen Kyoto

The Kanra Kitchen Kyoto

The Kanra Kitchen Kyoto is a perfect place if you like to have good wine with your pizza. It is also perfect for a romantic lunch or dinner. The waiters are kind and welcoming, the Italian cuisine is authentic but served with Japanese elegance and de..

Berry's Studio Kitchen

Berry's Studio Kitchen

Located only a short walk from the entrance to the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Berry's Studio Kitchen is the perfect place to recuperate after a long afternoon of sightseeing. The small Japanese run eatery is perfect for those who have slogged their wa..

Places to stay

Guest House Kyoto Costa Del Sol

Guest House Kyoto Costa Del Sol

This lovely little guest house is located in the area around Kyoto Station. It provides you with your own private room and bathroom, and is a comfortable yet cheap option for accommodation in Kyoto, which does tend to be a bit pricey. Lovely staff an..

Jam Hostel & Sake Bar

Jam Hostel & Sake Bar

The old maxim in booking accommodation for all travelers is location, location, location. Find out where you want to spend the majority of your time and then book something accordingly. Well when it comes to Kyoto the undoubted place to be is Gion, t..

Guest House Trip Sound

Guest House Trip Sound

For those wanting an international welcome to Kyoto or for those just simply travelling on a tighter budget, Guest House Trip Sound has you covered. Wedged between the Taisanji Temple and the Toyokuni Shrine, Trip Sound makes for a perfect base to co..

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Kotohiki Beach

Kotohiki Beach

Now there is no need to fly to the Caribbean to find a beach paradise close to home. When most people think of local beaches around the Kansai area, they might think of those stunning beaches on Biwa Lake. However, they can be quite overcrowded and ..

Uji: Get Off Kyoto's Beaten Track

Uji: Get Off Kyoto's Beaten Track

One of my highlights from a recent visit to Japan was an overnight stay in Uji, a small city on the southern outskirts of Kyoto. Slightly off the beaten-track, Uji is well worth adding to your bucket list if you’ve already made it to nearb..

Keishun-in Temple in Kyoto

Keishun-in Temple in Kyoto

Not far from Ryoan-ji and its famous stone garden in the western reaches of Kyoto, Keishun-in is one of the sub-temples of Myoshin-ji, a unique, beguiling complex of 46 Zen Buddhist temples. Founded in 1598, it's a very tranquil place, littl..

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About kyoto

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo data-display="Kyoto" Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
RegionKansai
IslandHonshu
CapitalKyoto
Population2,636,092
Area4,612.20 sq. km

Japan’s capital from AD 794 to 1868, the list of possible tourist destinations in Kyoto is endless; Kyoto can be enjoyed in so many ways.

You can attempt to visit all of major sites, including but certainly not limited to: Fushimi Inari Shrine and its brilliant vermillion row of torii gates, its many temples (most notably Kiyomizu-dera, Sanjusangen-do, and Kinkaku-ji), Nijo Castle, and Amanohashidate (one of the Three Views of Japan).

Or you can attempt to “experience” Kyoto and its rich culture: appreciate the traditional architecture and maiko of the Gion district, witness the Gion Festival (held every July), and indulge in the various delicacies Kyoto has to offer, such as Uji matcha green tea, tofu, and various Japanese confectioneries. Kyoto is on the bucket list of many a traveller, and for good reason.

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