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Formerly the Imperial capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, Kyoto is a refined traditional city on the mainland with thousands of classical Buddhist temples, as well as Shinto shrines, gardens, imperial palace, and traditional wooden houses. It’s also known for formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of sophisticated dishes, and geisha, often found in the Gion district. There are numerous ryokans in Kyoto, traditional Japanese accommodations, with exquisite Japanese services. Kyoto is famous for traditional crafts such as kyo-yuzen and Nishijin-ori. Both textiles are famous for its use of distinctive and vivid colors seen nowhere else in the world.
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Tourist attractions and the latest trendy spots.
Arashiyama is a district on the western outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. It also refers to the mountain across the Ōi River, which forms a backdrop to the di
Nishiki Market is a marketplace in downtown Kyoto, located on the east end of Nishikikōji Street, one block north and parallel to Shijō Street and west
Pontocho (先斗町, Pontochō) is one of Kyoto's most atmospheric dining areas. It is a narrow alley running from Shijo-dori to Sanjo-dori, one block west of
Trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometres and take approximately 2 hours to walk up. Inari was originally and remain
Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺, lit. "Temple of the Silver Pavilion"), officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺, lit. "Temple of Shining Mercy"), is a Zen temple in the Sakyo w
Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Kyoto, attracting many vis
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 U
Nijō Castle (二条城, Nijō-jō) is a flatland castle in Kyoto, Japan. The castle consists of two concentric rings (Kuruwa) of fortifications, the Ninomaru P
- Best Time to Visit
- How to Reach Kyoto
- Resorts & City Guide
- Pros & Cons
- SPRING (March - May)
- Spring time in Kyoto draws many travellers because of comfortable temperatures, plus city blushes pink with plum and cherry blossoms. Despite the blossoms arbitrary start date , the city fills with visitors eager to capture trip still worthwhile, thanks to the lush greenery at the city's temples. Be sure to book a hotel several months in advance, as accommodations can fill up quickly around this time of year.
Weather: Max 19° C | Min 9° C
- SUMMER (June - September)
- Summer trip to Kyoto can be soggy, sweaty, endeavour. But the sweltering temperatures and frequent downpours do drive away tourists, so accommodations will be lost easier to come by than in spring of Autumn.
Weather: Max 31° C | Min 22° C
- AUTUMN (September - November)
- Kyoto's foliage puts on a great show in autumn, lending the city's historic sites a brilliant crimson and orange backdrop. The gorgeous scenery along with the temperate weather attracts a fair amount of visitors to Kyoto. Book your accommodations a few months before you travel. If you're hoping to capture the autumn foliage at its most spectacular, plan your visit for late October and early to mid November.
Weather: Max 23° C | Min 14° C
- WINTER (December - February)
- Near freezing temperatures in winter keep the tourists away. But if you're not averse to bundling up, Kyoto can be quiet beautiful in the colder months. When you get too chilly, you'll have a greater choice of hotels where you can warm your toes than you would if you visited in the busier months.
Weather: Max 10° C | Min 2° C
The best times to visit Kyoto are from March to May and from September to November when the weather is the mildest.
There are two main airports to Kyoto from Kansai International Airport, takes 90 minutes and the closet airport is from Kansai International Airport, takes 50 minutes by limousine bus. You can reach from Haneda Airport or Narita Airport to Itami Airport.
Taking JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo is the easiest way to get to Kyoto. Hikari trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen takes 2 hours and 40 minutes. The japan Rail Pass is valid on Hikari and Kodama trains . From Osaka to Kyoto, taking a bullet train 15 minutes, by JR or Hankyu line takes 30-50 minutes.
Renting a car at Tokyo and Driving to Kyoto will take approx 6 hours
Taking a highway bus is the cheapest way to get to Kyoto from Tokyo takes about 7-8 hours. There are daytime and overnight buses. Bus leaves from Tokyo station and arrives at Kyoto station.
By Private Transfer
From Tokyo to Kyoto is for long distance drive. Taking Shinkansen or flight would be recommended.
- World Heritage Sites
- Geisha and Maiko Culture
- Experience Japanese Culture at Ryokan
- Kyoto Cuisine
- Traditional shrines, gardens, shops, restaurants
- Historic temples
- Not much night life
- It could be pricier when comes to hotels or Ryokan
- Less options for accommodations in Kyoto
- Summer could be too hot and humid
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