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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

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 AU$116 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.

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! (2,788 reviews)

"Location is great and the room was pretty nice. Some grime in the bathroom."…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec. 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
4 out of 5
The price is AU$100 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,345 reviews)

"The international/bilingual speaking staff was helpful and attentive to helping me locate activities and transportation. If you do not have a lot of luggage, it is a nice short walk from the train station. Did you have to take public transportation to most of the shrines temples and other popular ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2021

Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is AU$129 per night from 18 Feb. to 19 Feb.

Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyoto Aquarium are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,292 reviews)
reat location

"The location was excellent as it is above Kyoto station. You can travel out to all major attraction easily from the hotel. The swimming pool need admission which is not great and children could only swim in the morning at allotted timing."…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug. 2020

Hotel Granvia 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.

Holiday Rentals in Kyoto

nol kyoto sanjo
nol kyoto sanjo
3 out of 5
The price is AU$226 per night from 3 Feb. to 4 Feb.

Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nishiki Market, Kawaramachi and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Pontocho and Shijo ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"細部まで洗練されていて趣があり、とても良いサービスでした。"…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec. 2020

nol kyoto sanjo
MIMARU KYOTO SHINMACHI SANJO
MIMARU KYOTO SHINMACHI SANJO
3.5 out of 5
The price is AU$119 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.

Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mikane Shrine, Nishiki Market and Shijo Omiya. Nijō Castle and Kawaramachi are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (243 reviews)

"This property was so well designed and built and we really loved staying here with our family of 5. From the sliding doors that cover the windows and the kitchenette to the toys and play area in the lobby for our kids, we will absolutely be staying at Mimaru properties any time we can. My kids loved ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2020

MIMARU KYOTO SHINMACHI SANJO
MIMARU KYOTO NISHINOTOIN TAKATSUJI
MIMARU KYOTO NISHINOTOIN TAKATSUJI
2.5 out of 5
The price is AU$131 per night from 4 Feb. to 5 Feb.

Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shijo Omiya and Nishiki Market. Kawaramachi and Nijō Castle are also within 1 mile (2 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (186 reviews)

"As new property, extremely clean and plenty of room for family. Very comfortable and handy to all amenities. Very enjoyable stay."…"

Reviewed on 22 Mar. 2020

MIMARU KYOTO NISHINOTOIN TAKATSUJI
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.

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Reviews of Kyoto

4.6

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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5 Apr. 2020

Incredible city with beaitiful maintained culture :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar. 2020

Definitely if you are able walk between your choice locations, you see so much much when you're flexible with travel and time - all the small businesses and tiny local shrines really made the trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Mar. 2020

Kyoto is great for culture and history, live music and great food! A week in Kyoto would be recommended, any less and I wouldn’t have been able to fit everything in! If you like temples and traditions then at least a week would be my suggestion

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Feb. 2020

Love Kyoto it’s such a lovely part of Japan a must to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

Great city, lots to see and do.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Feb. 2020

Major city with more culture

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