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Japan's ancient capital home to sacred shrines and Zen gardens

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Kodai-ji Autumn Illumination

Kodai-ji Autumn Illumination

Late Oct - Mid Dec

Formally known as Kodaijusho-zenji Temple and located in the Higashiyama Mountains of eastern Kyoto, Kodai-ji Temple was established..

6 ¥600
Naked Yorumode Heian Jingu

Naked Yorumode Heian Jingu

Dec 15th - Dec 30th

Naked Yorumode Heian Jingu includes a brightly illuminated Oten-mon Gate (the front gate of the shrine), and various light and sound..

6 ¥1,500
Chestnut Afternoon Tea

Chestnut Afternoon Tea

Nov 1st - Dec 31st

Chestnuts are one of the popular tastes of autumn in Japan, and The Westin Miyako Kyoto is hosting a chestnut-themed afternoon tea..

2 ¥5,100

Where to eat in Kyoto

Kyoto Ramen Koji

Kyoto Ramen Koji

Hoyee Tse

Ramen is definitely one of my must have dishes in Japan. I love noodles and how the Japanese use their many years of experience..

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Places to stay in Kyoto

Ine Boathouse Ryokan

Ine Boathouse Ryokan

Bonson Lam

At Ine there are surprises and delights in every season. In winter the mountains are blanketed by snow, and you are rewarded by..

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Latest Kyoto Reports

Raku Museum in Kyoto

Raku Museum in Kyoto

Elena Lisina

The Raku Museum is dedicated to a unique style of ceramics with a 450-year history. The appearance of the 'raku' style is..

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Spa Kacho

Spa Kacho

Mai Shoji

The Westin Miyako Kyoto hotel in Kyoto offers some of the city's most relaxing spa and well-being experiences. Spa Kacho has..

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Common Well Cafe

Common Well Cafe

Kim

The city of Melbourne in Australia is renowned for its cafe culture, and a newly-opened cafe in Kyoto aims to emulate this, just..

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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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