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Upcoming Kyoto Events

Kanna Takase Exhibition

Kanna Takase Exhibition

Sep 9th - Sep 29th

From September 9th until September 29th, the Kyoto Okazaki Tsutaya store will be hosting an exhibition of works from artist Kanna..

Grape Afternoon Tea

Grape Afternoon Tea

Aug 1st - Sep 30th

From August 1st until September 30th, the Westin Miyako Kyoto will be hosting a grape afternoon tea event. Intended to mark the..

The Star Festival

The Star Festival

Early Oct

The Star Festival has been running since 2012, and takes place at Stihl no Mori in Kyoto. The two-day event allows visitors to camp..

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Fauchon Hotel

Fauchon Hotel

Caleb Cello

French gastronomic fashion brand Fauchon takes the limelight as it showcases its new hospitality brand in Kyoto.


Latest Kyoto Reports

The Japanese Fan

The Japanese Fan

Elena Lisina

Fans are an integral part of the traditional Japanese costume - a functional and at the same time beautiful accessory. The Japanese..

Torii 43


Kevin Haase

Torii mark your passage from the mundane to the sacred. Take a journey around Japan through these gates, from the forest to the..


About Kyoto

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo 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
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Capital Kyoto in Video
Population 2,636,092
Area 4,612.20 km²

Japan’s capital from AD 794 to 1868, the list of possible tourist destinations in Kyoto Prefecture (京都府, Kyōto-fu) is endless.

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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