Kyoto, officially Kyoto City, is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan. Located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu, Kyoto forms a part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area along with Osaka and Kobe.
Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting many visitors annually.Learn more Book this experience
Kiyomizu-dera, formally Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site.Learn more Book this experience
Combine the fun and freedom of cycling with the discovery of a new city as we explore Kyoto's best known site alongside some of our own favourite secrets! Navigate the backstreets with a friendly, bilingual and experienced guide, explore local shrines and grand temples, quaint shopping arcades and riverside paths while learning about the sites you visit in a light, interesting and fun way. Cycle on high quality 'Trek' and 'Giant' hybrid bikes, sample an authentic and delicious lunch and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Japan's ancient capital.Book this experience
Nijō Castle is a flatland castle in Kyoto, Japan. The castle consists of two concentric rings of fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several gardens.Learn more Book this experience
Yasaka Shrine, once called Gion Shrine, is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto, Japan. Situated at the east end of Shijō-dōri, the shrine includes several buildings, including gates, a main hall and a stage.Learn more Book this experience
Temples, shrines, and tea ceremonies. The traditions of ancient Japan are still alive and well in the old capitol, Kyoto. Walking around this beautiful city can feel like you are in a time machine as its architecture has been preserved for centuries. Kiyomizu Temple towers over the historical Gion district, famous for its rich history of geisha. There is much history in this city that you don’t want to miss so book our Government Licensed and Experienced English-speaking guides for a walking tour of Kyoto! Once your reservation is made, a guide will be in touch to plan your personalized tour. Choose 3 to 4 spots that you wish to visit and your guide will plan a personalized itinerary. If you do not know where to visit, ask the guide to send you their recommended itinerary based on your interests. Whether you are a history buff, love the beauty of old Japanese architecture, or just want to enjoy a green tea parfait, Kyoto has something for you!Book this experience
Kyoto Tower is an observation tower located in Kyoto, Japan. The steel tower is the tallest structure in Kyoto with its observation deck at 100 metres and its spire at 131 metres.Learn more Book this experience
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The Kamo River is located in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The riverbanks are popular walking spots for residents and tourists. In summer, restaurants open balconies looking out to the river.View on Google Maps Book this experience
-Try Kyoto's traditional, seasoned dishes at a hidden restaurant in Ponto-cho & Gion - We'll walk around the Gion where many old Kyoto-style buildings can be seen. Our local guide will provide insight into how locals enjoy their nights. We will enjoy simple, seasoned Kyoto appetizers in a traditional atmosphere! -Enjoy more Kyoto food- We'll walk to the second spot famous for its Sake where you can enjoy mouth-watering platters of the local delicacy "Tempra" and perfect food pairings with Sake, Matcha Beer and more! -Finish the tour with Kyoto's local liquor or matcha dessert- After trying many traditional dishes, we'll round things up with the tour to the Kyoto's bar or Night cafe where you can taste Kyoto's local liquor or Matcha dessert. Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!Book this experience
Ryōan-ji is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. It belongs to the Myōshin-ji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism.Learn more Book this experience
The Kyoto Imperial Palace is the former ruling palace of the Emperor of Japan. The Emperors have since resided at the Tokyo Imperial Palace after the Meiji Restoration in 1869, and the preservation of the Kyoto Imperial Palace was ordered in 1877.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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Join our Matcha Kyoto Green Tea Tour and discover more about Uji Town, the heart and soul of Japanese Green Tea Culture. Matcha tea is definitely an integral part of Japanese tea culture. If you love Green tea and would like to learn more about Matcha, be sure to join our 3-hour tour to the town of Uji in Kyoto, the home of Matcha. A trip to Uji will give you many chances to experience and taste Matcha and other types of green tea in a variety of beverages and foods. The green tea and matcha (powdered green tea) produced here in Uji are famous for their quality not only in Japan but all over the world. Also, while visiting Uji you can see the gorgeous and famous Byodoin temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. During our Uji tour we will sit down for a fantastic set lunch, and we will have a chance to experience making and drinking tea. If you find teas that you like, you will have time to choose, purchase and take home some delicious memories of your tour.Book this experience
The Heian Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The Shrine is ranked as a Beppyō Jinja by the Association of Shinto Shrines. It is listed as an important cultural property of Japan.Learn more Book this experience
Daitoku-ji is a Buddhist temple, one of fourteen autonomous branches of the Rinzai school of Japanese Zen. It is located in Kita-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The "mountain name" by which it is known is Ryūhōzan. The Daitoku-ji temple complex today covers more than 23 hectares.Learn more Book this experience
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Mount Kurama is a mountain to the north of the city of Kyoto. It is the birthplace of the Reiki practice, and is said to be the home of Sōjōbō, King of the Tengu.Learn more Book this experience
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Kifune Shrine is a Shinto shrine located at Sakyō-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture Japan.Learn more Book this experience
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Jōyō is a city located in Kyoto Prefecture, Kansai, Japan. It is halfway between Kyoto and Nara. It contains historical sites including the Shibagahara Tomb and Mito shrine. The city was founded on May 3, 1972.Learn more
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To get to Kyoto, most travelers will fly into Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka. From there, you can take the JR Haruka Airport Express train directly to Kyoto Station, which takes about 75 minutes. Alternatively, you can also take a bus from the airport to Kyoto, which takes around 90 minutes. If you're arriving from Tokyo, the Shinkansen (bullet train) is the fastest and most convenient option, taking about 2.5 hours to reach Kyoto.
It is essential to book some attractions in advance, particularly if you're visiting during peak travel seasons. Popular sights such as Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion) and Kiyomizu-dera Temple can get crowded, so booking a guided tour will allow you to skip the lines and get a more in-depth understanding of the sites. Additionally, if you plan to attend a traditional tea ceremony or a geisha performance, it's best to reserve your spot in advance.
The costs of visiting Kyoto can vary depending on your travel style. Admission fees for temples and shrines range from free to around 500 yen (approximately $5). Public transportation is affordable, with a one-day bus pass costing 600 yen (around $6), which is an excellent option for getting around the city. Meals can range from budget-friendly street food to high-end dining experiences, with average prices between 1,000 to 3,000 yen ($10 to $30).
Some of the best things to do in Kyoto include visiting iconic temples like Fushimi Inari Taisha, home to thousands of red torii gates, and exploring the breathtaking Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. Don't miss the chance to wander through the historic Gion district, where you might catch a glimpse of a geisha. For a more hands-on experience, consider taking a cooking class to learn how to make traditional Japanese dishes.
When it comes to dining, Kyoto has no shortage of options. For an unforgettable kaiseki (multi-course) meal, try Gion Karyo, which offers a contemporary twist on traditional cuisine. For more budget-friendly options, head to Nishiki Market to sample a variety of street food, or visit Omen for delicious udon noodles.
For accommodation, consider staying at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto, a modern, upscale hotel located within Kyoto Station, offering convenience and comfort. Alternatively, for a more traditional experience, stay at a ryokan (Japanese inn) like Tawaraya Ryokan or Gion Hatanaka, where you can enjoy tatami rooms and on-site hot spring baths.
Off the beaten path: For a unique and lesser-known experience, visit the village of Ohara, located in the mountains north of Kyoto. Here, you can explore the serene Sanzen-in Temple and its moss-covered gardens, as well as hike through the nearby forests and enjoy the natural beauty of the region.
The Gion and Higashiyama districts are perfect to put down your suitcases. These two districts between the Kamo River and the mountains are the most popular with visitors because they have the advantage of being central while housing historical monuments. There is also the Pontocho district, which concentrates traditional Japan, nightlife, and proximity to the city center.
During your visit, it might be nice to visit the geisha district in Gion at night or to take a half-day guided bike tour of northern Kyoto. You can book both activities in advance.
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