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A Chronicle of Modern Crafts

A Chronicle of Modern Crafts

Jul 9th - Aug 22nd

From July 9th until August 22nd, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto will explore the development of modern crafts through..

2 ¥1,200
Summer Afternoon Tea

Summer Afternoon Tea

Jun 1st - Aug 31st

For a limited time, the Fauchon Hotel Kyoto will host a summer afternoon tea event which incorporates various flavors of the season..

3 ¥5,000
Japanese Sweets Afternoon Tea

Japanese Sweets Afternoon Tea

Jul 1st - Aug 31st

For a limited time this summer, The Sodoh Higashiyama Kyoto is hosting a Japanese Sweets afternoon tea event. There will be a variety..

2 ¥4,500

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Japan Travel

Enjoy a luxury getaway at Hotel SOWAKA, tucked away in Kyoto's Gion district just moments away from Yasaka Shrine.


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..

Fauchon Hotel

Fauchon Hotel

Caleb Cello

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


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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