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About Kyoto

Kyoto is an ancient city with over a thousand years of history. Before the Meiji Emperor moved the capital to Tokyo, it was the traditional home of the Japanese royal family. After thousands of years, from legends of ghosts and gods to history and culture, the air and atmosphere in Kyoto is filled with a great mystical charm. When Kyoto was constructed, its street layout and architecture was influenced by the style of Chang’an, and it still retains the same ancient charm. In the Higashiyama District, temples, shrines and altars embody the spiritual side to Kyoto, while the area around Arashiyama carries a classical and elegant atmosphere. No visit to Kyoto would be complete without a taste of traditional delicacies, a stroll along the flowered paths, or a fascinating geisha show.

Popular Attractions in Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
4.6/5
2,841 Reviews
Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is an ancient temple in Kyoto and was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1994. The veranda of the temple suspended over the moutain is a national treasure of Japan. It is surrounded by green trees and is full of cherry blossoms in spring. In autumn, the red maple leaves is another attraction. It is equivalent to Kinkaku-jiand Arashiyama, and is a famous historical site in Kyoto. The pilgrims or visiting tourists who come to worship year round come in non-stop.
Kinkaku-ji
4.6/5
2,399 Reviews
Temple
Kinkaku-ji is an ancient Japanese temple in Kyoto. Completed in 1397, it originally served as the villa of shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, but was later transformed into a Zen Buddhist temple. Originally named Rokuon-ji (literally "Deer Garden Temple"), it is also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion owing to the gold foil that the outside of the building is wrapped in. In addition to being a famous tourist attraction, Kinkaku-ji has also been designated as a National Treasure by the Japanese government and is a symbol of Kyoto.
Nijo Castle
4.5/5
1,183 Reviews
Historical Architecture
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Once the acting residence of the Tokugawa shoguns while in Kyoto, Nijo Castle is also serves as a symbol of the power of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The castle is surrounded by high walls and a moat, with the inside rooms connected by a corridor installed with the famous "nightingale floors". These floors were designed to make a chirping sound when walked upon so as to prevent intruding assassins at night. The castle opens in the evening during cherry blossom season, attracting flocks of visitors to view the magnificent cherry blossom trees.
Fushimi Inari Taisha
4.6/5
1,791 Reviews
Temple
Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. People come to worship Inari Okami, the god harvest and commercial success. The Torii leading to the main shrine is a famous landscape of this shrine. This long and endless pathway is arranged from the foot of the mountain to the top of the mountain. It is one of the representative landscapes of Kyoto and has appeared in the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Because the fox is regarded as the messenger of the Inari Okami, the fox-faced shaped emas are a major feature here.

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Kyoto Transportation

Flights :There is no airport in Kyoto. Most people will commute from Kansai International Airport in Osaka, and followed by taking the JR electric train and shuttle buses to Kyoto and the journey will take about 90 minutes.

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Best Experience in Kyoto

Highlights of Kyoto includes the visiting the spectacular Shinto temples, beautiful and yet elegant courtyard scenery and dances and singing by gorgeous Geisha. The rustic and antiquated feel of the place creates in Kyoto a placid and soothing environment.

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Helpful Information about Kyoto
Language
Japanese
Time Zone
UTC +9
Peak Season
March-April, September-November
Currency
Japanese Yen
Emergency Phone Numbers
Police:110,Fire, Ambulance:119

Kyoto Weather

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Apr 4, 2020
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Apr 5, 2020
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Kyoto Weather
Kyoto is suitable for year round travel, especially in spring where the weather is especially mild. The climate from March to April is warm is warm and conducive for going outdoors, and is the best time to enjoy the Sakura season. May to August comes the summer where the air is comparatively hotter. June and July is the wet spell and the weather becomes hot and humid. Autumn from mid-November to December is when forest and leaves turns red and it is rather breathtaking. Winter here is wet and cold and when it snows, Kyoto is especially beautiful.

Trip Moments

makiori   
Posted: Oct 28, 2019
Yoki Huang   
New Year's tofu banquet, we have not been in the door to be attracted to the century-old tofu shop in the temple. Think of Kyoto's tofu so famous, since it comes across, how to try. The tofu shop opened in the Shunzheng Academy and walked into the hotel. It is impossible to imagine that this is a place to have a lunch. The quaint and elegant Japanese gardens and the solemn and elegant gardens marvel us. What attracted me most was that the Nanchan Temple outside the door had already been crowded, but it was quiet and quiet. The beauty of the food complemented each other, so I couldn't help but sit up and take pictures.

The waiter then led us to the store and we ordered a traditional double package. The yuzu soymilk is the perfect combination of mellow soymilk and fruit aroma. The copper pot filled with thick soymilk is steaming. We use a small bamboo stick to pick up the bean curd from the small fire and add it to the delicious sauce. In the dish, um! The beans are fragrant and the entrance is instant. There is also a large pot of soup tofu boiled, the tofu is smooth and the soup is clear, it is the traditional Kyoto cuisine made with the most authentic Khumbu broth. These two dishes are enough to fill the dishes, not to mention the tofu dishes made from a variety of dishes. Let us appreciate the different cooking techniques of tofu. What impressed me a lot is that the paper that wraps the tableware in the house is a little story of Japanese history. Everyone's writing is still different. I am very fond of this kind of dining filled with cultural heritage and ritual.
Posted: Dec 25, 2018
Hero_V5   
Net red must punch the Kyoto cherry blossoms in the secret, take a boat in the cherry blossoms!
The first stop of the Kyoto Sakura Tour, Ten Stone Boat. This name is unfamiliar to many people, especially in the non-sakura season. There are very few tourists coming here. Even when the cherry blossoms are blooming, the tourists here are rare compared to other places, but it is a very recommended cherry blossom attraction. .
Traffic TIPS: Take the Keihan Main Line from Kyoto near Kintetsu and get off at Nakajima Station, then walk for about 10 minutes. There are two doors at the station, which are closer to the west gate. If it is the east gate, it will take a big circle. There is a direct bus to the
Kyoto station, but at the same time it is a little longer than the Kintetsu. The source of the name
Shishizhou is related to the historical characteristics of Fushimi.
Fushi is not only a famous wine country, but also a famous water town since ancient times. It was built here in the Toyotomi Hideyoshi era. The waterway extends in all directions, and the commercial activities have been extremely popular. As the ten-ship boat for transporting wine and rice, it was the main means of transportation at that time. It was between Kyoto and Osaka. Of course, with the development of railway land transportation, river transport gradually declined. Shishizhou is no longer used as a means of transportation, but only for sightseeing.
Tourists can enjoy cherry blossoms along the river bank, or take a boat. The cost of the boat is 1,200 yen per person.
I personally recommend taking a boat ride, and it feels really beautiful in the cherry blossoms.
Remove the cherry blossoms. This is a beautiful town with a beautiful environment. It has the feeling of Jiangnan Water Town. If time permits, you can go around.
Posted: Apr 4, 2019

Travelogue

Ryokan Kyoto: Best 15 Japanese Traditional Inn in Kyoto
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Kyoto
Ryokan is a traditional inn that takes guest experiences very seriously. The beautiful bamboo cottages of the ryokan kyoto, combined with multi-course Kaiseki meals and luxurious spas all carved in traditional Japanese style, are a great way to make yourself feel welcome in the country. At ryokan’s, you are provided with futons placed on traditional tatami mats for sleeping, making it an exclusive experience all in all. The great thing about staying at ryokan Kyoto is that you get accustomed to traditional practices such as feeling comfortable walking around barefoot within the premises. To make you feel at home, ryokans provide a robe known as yukata to change into. Here is the top best ryokan in Kyoto.
TripBlog   Mar 31, 2020
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Coronavirus Travel Restrictions in Japan and Attractions Closure (Updated 2020 March)
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Sapporo
Osaka
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Japan government has made more strict travel restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, including quarantining visitors from China and South Korea. According to WHO, more than 300 people have been tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan as of Mar 6th.
TripBlog   Mar 9, 2020
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Summer Vacation Ideas in Japan: Fireworks Festival
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Kyoto
Kobe
Osaka
Kawanishi
Ikeda
Summer Kansai Fireworks Festival is something you cannot miss in your summer vacation in Japan. Wearing a yukata and holding moon-shaped fans to attend the fireworks festival has become a part of Japan's poetic summer scenery. We have to mention Kansai when talking about fireworks festivals. Each place has its own characteristics. It is a really unique experience when appreciating the fireworks exploding in the sky. Have you decided where to go watch fireworks in Japan this summer?
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Frequently Asked Questions

I recommended Kamo River, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Eizan Railway Momiji Tunnnel, Mt. Kurama, Mt. Daimonji.
Here are the absolute best restaurants in Kyoto: Hyoutei, Mishimatei, Shouraian, Nakamura, Yamamotomenzo.
Here are the best places to visit in Kyoto, including: Gion, Hanamikoji, Kyoto Tower, Sanjusangen-do Temple, Ginkakuji.