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This area of Kyoto has some 1,500,000 residents.
It is located 230 miles west of the national capital of Tokyo. It's also approximately 10 miles southwest of Otsu.
Iconic sights such as Nijo Castle and the Kiyomizu Temple are just one part of what makes this destination so popular.
Rediscover the joys of childhood and be transported into a realm of imagination at Iwatayama Monkey Park and Arashiyama Monkey Park. For more fun with the family, head onwards to Kyoto Studio Park and Omiyakotsu Park.
You don't need to have gills and fins in order to be able to discover the deep waters at Kyoto Aquarium.
The Kyoto Municipal Zoo is a terrific place to take your children for a fun-filled morning among native and exotic critters. Be sure to ask at the entrance about special events and where to find the zoo's more unusual species.
Chances are you've already spent some time sampling the local beer here, so why not head over to the Suntory Kyoto Brewery and see how they make it? If you're lucky, there'll be a few drinks around the place as well!
Admire the wide range of plants and flowers on display when you stop by the Kyoto Prefectural Botanical Gardens and the Zuihoin Garden. The Okochi Sanso and the Kyu Chikurinin Garden are two more wonderful places to wander around.
When it's time for a break, grab some lunch and head out to one of the pleasant green spaces, such as the Byodoin Temple and Maruyama Park. Philosopher's Walk and the Shoseien Garden are two more nice places to while away a lazy day with a good book.
With a heap of visitor information at the ready, Kyoto Tourist Information Center is a good place to discover what's going on in Kyoto.
Expanses of fresh water almost always entice a wide mix of wildlife. Take a pair of binoculars to the Shusuitei Tea House and Takaragaike Park and see what you can spy. If that fails, perhaps you'll have better luck at Hoki Valley or Nakayama Pond.
Want to get away from the noise of the city? Head out to Mount Atago and Yabasekihan Island Park. Mt. Hiei and Ponpon Mountain are also popular with nature-loving travelers.
Set aside a day or two to explore some of the many exhibition spaces in the area. Savor the quiet and relaxing atmosphere as you check out the varied collections at the Kyoto International Manga Museum and the Costume Museum. Another two to look at are the Kyoto National Museum and the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts.
It doesn't matter if you're a science buff or you're just looking for something to do, you'll have a fun time checking out the stimulating displays at the Otsu City Science Museum or Kyoto Municipal Science Center For Youth.
See the variety of specimens on show as you stroll around the overflowing exhibits of the Kyoto University Museum.
Love art? You'll discover galleries of all sizes here. Revel in the hip atmosphere at the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art and the Hosomi Art Museum. The Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and the Mount Hiei are also worth your time if you can fit them in.
History comes to life at the Shigureden and the Kyoto Municipal Museum Of School History thanks to their fantastic range of fascinating displays. Like the sound of those? There's even more to be seen at the Ryozen Museum of History or the Oyamazaki Town Historical Museum.
To discover more about the area's rich and fascinating past, be sure to visit at least one of its many historic monuments and buildings. Commence your history tour at Kyoto Imperial Palace or Katsura Imperial Villa. When it comes to bygone times, there's always more to discover. The Kyoto University and the Doshisha University are also great places to check out.
Crossing the local waterways, Togetsukyo Bridge and Uji Bridge are two examples of civil engineering that have withstood the test of time.
Sento Imperial Palace is a stately time capsule, boasting some of the best design in the region.
After an afternoon spent at some of the local castles, it is quite easy to imagine the way nobles and countrymen once roamed these realms. You may have to cross a trench or pass beneath the turrets at Fushimi Castle and Kameyama Castle Ruins.
The region's spiritual side is on display at Fushimi Inari Shrine and Heian Shrine. You might also like to check for guided tours around the Ryoanji Temple and the Toji Temple.
Kyoto's most prominent tourist sights can overshadow its less visited, yet equally rewarding attractions. The Kaya No Sato Country and the Mt. Otokoyama Cable Car are a couple of good options. If you can fit it in, also check out the Kyoto Art Center and Shozan Resort Kyoto.
Kyōto is well-loved by vacationers, and offers a fine range of accommodation options. Expedia's Kyōto lodging guide makes booking a breeze.
The Hiiragiya Ryokan, located at Nakahakusancho, and the Ryokan Yoshida-sanso, at 59-1 Yoshida Shimo-ooji-cho, Sakyo-ku, are two good examples of higer ranking Kyōto accommodation options. If you want to see what the more economical options are like, the Oyama Guest House Kyoto, at 31-7 Miyanogo-cho, and the Station Ryokan Sparkling Dolphins Kyoto, at 56 Kamigoryo-cho, Higashikujo, are worth checking out too.
While you are vacationing in Kyōto you won't want to miss Kiyomizu Temple, so another option is to stay in the vicinity of this famed attraction. The Ishibekoji Ryugin is about 0.5 miles away. Equally popular is the Gion Hatanaka, which is around 0.6 miles away.
No matter how amazing your hotel is, don't spend your vacation stuck in your room or snoozing near the pool. There are so many memorable experiences to be had!
The really great news is that Kyoto has plenty of things to do. Here's a selection of our favorites:
Got a little time on your side? Go to our Kyoto things to do page for a full range of options.
Guests of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto can walk 7 minutes to Kyoto Station or use the hotel's free shuttle service. Nearby attractions include Kyoto Tower, Nishihonganji Temple, and Kyoto Aquarium.
Situated in Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Toji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is 6 minutes by foot and Kyoto Station is 6 minutes.
Situated in Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kujo Station is 9 minutes by foot and Kyoto Station is 9 minutes.
New Miyako Hotel is a 2-minute walk from Kyoto Station and Aeon Mall. Guests can walk 10 minutes to the iconic Kyoto Tower, and just a little farther to Kyoto Aquarium in Umekoji Park. Higashi Honganji is one of several Buddhist temples within a 15-minute walk.
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shijo Omiya, Nijo Castle, and Higashi Honganji Temple. Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kiyomizu Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km). Shijo Station is 5 minutes by foot and Gojo Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Central Kyoto, this romantic hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shijo Omiya and Nijo Castle. Higashi Honganji Temple and Kyoto Tower are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Shijo-omiya Station and Kyoto Omiya Station are within a 2-minute walk.
Decorated throughout with 1,000 works of museum-quality art, this hotel is adjacent not only to Kyoto Station, but also the city's largest shopping mall, making it a convenient spot for all travelers.
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nijo Castle, Kyoto Tower, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km). Shijo Station is 7 minutes by foot and Kyoto Karasuma Station is 6 minutes.