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Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, feed wild monkeys and explore World Heritage-listed temples and shrines in this historically rich Japanese city.

Kyoto, on the Japanese island of Honshu, has been a hub of religious activity and political power since the eighth century. It was once the capital of Japan and retains many of the temples and palaces built within this period. Step back in time to imperial Japan as you explore the city’s many World Heritage Sites such as the Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto is also renowned for its landscaped gardens, many of which are based on designs dating back hundreds of years.

The wealth of cultural history in Kyoto can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Take the Philosopher’s Walk to orient yourself around some of Kyoto’s historic sights, such as the Eikando Temple. The walk takes in three major temples as well as several smaller temples and shrines, boutique shopping areas and restaurants where you can sample the traditional Japanese multicourse dinner, kaiseki. Cherry blossoms line the walk during spring, and in autumn, the area comes alive with the brilliant reds of maple trees.

Central Kyoto offers a combination of modern and traditional delights. Ride up the Kyoto Tower for a 360-degree view over the city from 100 metres (330 feet) up. Explore the Nishiki Market, lined with restaurants, and fresh produce and street food stalls. See giant salamanders and local river fish at the Kyoto Aquarium.

At one of the regular festivals held in the city, taste some of the food brought to Kyoto from all over Japan to please the Emperor, watch traditional crafts being made, take a lesson in saké brewing and experience the culture of Japan.

Lovers of Japanese literature will enjoy the 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa, built to resemble the fictional setting of the 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji.

Tourism is a large part of Kyoto’s economy and there are some unique attractions such as hand feeding wild snow monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park. Kyoto has a welcoming atmosphere, incredible natural beauty and layered history.

Kyoto Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Kyoto

Gion which includes cycling, night scenes and street scenes

Gion

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Unique features of Gion include the monuments and shopping. Make a stop by Yasaka Shrine or Gion Corner while you're exploring the area.

Gion
Sannenzaka Ninenzaka which includes a small town or village and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

You'll enjoy the gardens and monuments in Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. You might want to make time for a stop at Hokanji Temple or Sannenzaka Museum.

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

Top hotels in Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is P4,792 per night from 22 Oct to 23 Oct

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Nishiki Market are also within 2 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,840 reviews)

"Close to train station, shuttle to train station, clean all throughout"…"

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Ace Hotel Kyoto
Ace Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
245-2 Aneyakojidori, Higashinotoin-nishiiru Kurumayacho, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is P15,643 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto International Manga Museum and Nishiki Market. Kawaramachi and Nijō Castle are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (33 reviews)

"初めてステイしましたが、ゆっくりできて良い時間を過ごせました。建物はもちろん、お部屋の内装などもおしゃれで可愛かったです。ただ、アメニティの歯磨きタブレットが慣れなくて使いにくかったです。。 ホテル内のレストランもテラス席があり気持ちよかったです。スタッフの方も皆さん気持ちの良い接客でした!京都に訪れる際には再訪したいと思います。"…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2020

Ace Hotel Kyoto
Hotel Monterey Kyoto
Hotel Monterey Kyoto
3.5 out of 5
604 Manjuya-cho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is P4,027 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rokakkudo Temple and Nishiki Market. Kyoto International Manga Museum and Shijo Omiya are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)
A lovely secret treasure in the heart of downtown

"This is a little hotel that tries hard, and that offers a perfecf location (across from Rokkakudo Temple and in the heart of downtown), a brilliant buffet breakfast, fine videos of Kyoto in the breakfast room and kind, helpful service even in English. And the prices are often extremely reasonable, ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2020

Hotel Monterey Kyoto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Kyoto

MIMARU KYOTO STATION
MIMARU KYOTO STATION
3 out of 5
The price is P5,978 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

Located in Central Kyoto, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)

"Next to kyoto station. Very convenient."…"

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

MIMARU KYOTO STATION
Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
3.5 out of 5
The price is P2,853 per night from 20 Oct to 21 Oct

Located in Minami, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower and Sanjusangendo Temple. Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kawaramachi are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (113 reviews)

"Beautiful, clean and comfy accommodation! We loved it!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2020

Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
Stay SAKURA Kyoto Higashi Hongan-ji I
Stay SAKURA Kyoto Higashi Hongan-ji I
2.5 out of 5
503-1 Koyanagi, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is P2,324 per night from 7 Nov to 8 Nov

Located in Central Kyoto, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Higashi Honganji Temple and Kyoto Tower. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (37 reviews)

"The room was very clean and the hotel was very easy to be accessed."…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Stay SAKURA Kyoto Higashi Hongan-ji I
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Kyoto

Kyoto Tower
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Kyoto Tower

In a city known for its temples and other ancient relics, this observation point catches the eye as an example of 20th-century innovation.

Fushimi Inari Shrine
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Fushimi Inari Shrine

This shrine at the base of Inari Mountain is dedicated to the goddess of rice and prosperity. See its thousands of red gates around a network of beautiful trails.

Kiyomizu Temple
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Kiyomizu Temple

Constructed entirely without nails and built on high poles, this temple is part of a World Heritage Site and offers visitors both beauty and history.

Nijō Castle
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Nijō Castle

Visit the world of a wealthy and powerful shogun in this opulent 17th-century castle complex.

Nishiki Market
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Nishiki Market

Come to this market in the heart of the city to experience the authentic sights, smells and sounds of the bartering vendors and their traditional food.

Yasaka Shrine
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Yasaka Shrine

Observe traditional Shinto architecture, pretty lanterns and sacred rituals at this historic shrine, home of the annual Gion Festival and Kyoto’s favorite cherry blossom park.

Top things to do in Kyoto

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Shared Shuttle: Universal Studios Japan®

P1,241
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Dotonbori Pirates Cruise
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P414
Per adult
Shinkansen Bullet Train Tickets Between Shinagawa/Kyoto
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Reviews of Kyoto

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5/5 - Excellent

KMercado

24 Nov 2019

Kyoto is full of rich heritage and culture. A laid back city compared to Tokyo where everybody seems to be in a hurry.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

31 Oct 2019

If you want to experience the real life in Japan, Go to Kyoto!