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Kyoto

Sacred shrines, Zen gardens, bamboo groves and geisha

About Kyoto

Things to do in Kyoto

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Rin/Ten — Encounter of Fine Ceramics and Art

Rin/Ten — Encounter of Fine Ceramics and Art

Located on the first floor of the Kyocera Head Office in Fushimi, Kyoto City, lies the Kyocera Museum of Art. From June 9 through July 9 of 2017, the museum will hold a special exhibition called "Rin/Ten — Encounter of Fine Ceramics and Ar..

Gion Matsuri

Gion Matsuri

Gion Matsuri is Kyoto’s largest festival which takes place throughout the month of July by the Yasaka Shrine. Although it is named after the Gion district, the main events take place on the opposite side of Kamo River. There are two main parade..

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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..

Arashiyama

Arashiyama

Along a river in the West of Kyoto lies Arashiyama, a rural suburb of Kyoto. Literally “Storm Mountain”, Arashiyama is actually a tranquil place where you can wind down and relax easily in a beautiful natural setting. Arashiyama has its fair share of temples, or else it wouldn’..

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 ..

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Kyoto's Grand Nishiki Market

Kyoto's Grand Nishiki Market

Want an eye-popping and mouth-watering Japanese food experience? I recommend braving Kyoto's 400 year old Nishiki Market – 390 metres of food and kitchen ware shops in a narrow arcade. It's popular with tourists, local gourmands and che..

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..

Places to stay

Ine Boathouse Ryokan

Ine Boathouse Ryokan

I dare you to open the window! Why? Were there monkeys or dragons outside? Recalling the stories of monkeys and eagles from Tadakki earlier that day, I jumped at the shadows on a dark night. I reluctantly unlocked the hatch, and slowly peered outside..

Sasarindo Hotel in Kyoto

Sasarindo Hotel in Kyoto

The hotel Sasarindo is located by Hanamikoji Street in the Gion area and is just a 3-minute walk from Yasaka Jinja. The hotel features air-conditioned Western-style rooms with an LCD satellite TV and an electric kettle. The lobby has an internet comp..

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..

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Ine Cycling

Ine Cycling

The ancients channelled Ebisu and the elixir of eternity on the cliffs beyond the horizon, but today the only spirits we will imbibe are from the sake brewery – just freshly made sake from Kuramoto Mukai, famous for squeezing every bit of goodn..

Best of Kyoto in Three Days

Best of Kyoto in Three Days

Travel & Leisure has named Kyoto as the World’s Best City for the second consecutive year in row, making it a place to visit in every season and time of your life. Even if you can only spare three days, you can truly savour the top ten Kyot..

Japanese Cinema Sites

Japanese Cinema Sites

Japanese cinema has a legendary reputation across the world. In the early nineteenth century, such directors as Masahiro Makino, Akira Kurosawa, and Yasujiro Ozu created work that helped to define and still influences modern cinema on an internationa..

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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
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.

Things to Do in Kyoto
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