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Japan's ancient capital home to sacred shrines and Zen gardens

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Kimono-clad woman at Yasaka Pagoda and Sannen Zaka Street in Kyoto (Photo: Guitar photographer / Shutterstock.com)

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Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate is one of the top three scenic spots in Japan and is the one closest to the urban centers of Osaka and Nagoya....

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Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama is a Castle Town about 70 kilometers from Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. Nestled in a southern part of the valley, it is ...

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Arashiyama

Arashiyama

Along a river in the West of Kyoto lies Arashiyama, a rural suburb of Kyoto. Literally “Storm Mountain”, Arashiyama is actual...

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Gion

Gion

Shijo Dori is filled with restaurants, souvenir shops, clothing stores and anything a shopping complex could hope to have. Mo...

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Uji

Uji

Uji is located to the south of Kyoto city, and is famed for its roll in the cultivation and production on green tea. Many fam...

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Maizuru

Maizuru

Maizuru is a port city in northern Kyoto along the coast of the Sea of Japan. It can be reached in just 2 hours from the cent...

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Ine

Ine

Ine (伊根町) is a town located in Yosa District, in northern Kyoto Prefecture. It is known for its traditional wooden fishing...

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Upcoming Kyoto Events

Sake World Summit in Kyoto 2024

Sake World Summit in Kyoto 2024

Kim

Sake holds a special place in Japan's cultural, social, and culinary landscape, and the Sake World Summit in Kyoto brings 65 ...

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Kyoto Oimo Daisakusen 2025

Kyoto Oimo Daisakusen 2025

Kim

The Kyoto Oimo Daisakusen event at Umekoji Park is a celebration of the versatile sweet potato, and last year's event drew in...

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Where to eat in Kyoto

Common Well Cafe

Common Well Cafe

Kim

The city of Melbourne in Australia is renowned for its cafe culture, and a newly-opened cafe in Kyoto aims to emulate this, j...

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Sarasa Nishijin 9

Sarasa Nishijin

Shinobu Ishikawa

An 80-year-old bathhouse is transformed into a cafe, whilst retaining its features reminiscent of Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Aw...

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Places to stay in Kyoto

Nohga Hotel Kiyomizu

Nohga Hotel Kiyomizu

Tom Roseveare

Kiyomizu’s central location is an ideal launchpad for any Kyoto-bound traveller. Just off Route One, Nohga Hotel is a 10-minu...

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Latest Kyoto Reports

Causette Joli

Causette Joli

Veronica Carnevale

Causette Joli is a Japanese cosmetics company that sells nail products that embody Japan’s cultural, natural, and seasonal be...

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Jojakko-ji Temple

Jojakko-ji Temple

Julian Kloby

Jojakko-ji temple can be found on the western outskirts of Kyoto city and within a short walk from the popular Arashiyama Bam...

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Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Capital Kyoto
Population 2,636,092
Area 4,612.20 sq. km

Japan’s capital from AD 794 to 1868, the list of possible tourist destinations in Kyoto Prefecture (京都府, Kyōto-fu) is endless.

You can attempt to visit all of major sites, including but certainly not limited to: Fushimi Inari Shrine and its brilliant vermillion row of torii gates, its many temples (most notably Kiyomizu-dera, Sanjusangen-do, and Kinkaku-ji), Nijo Castle, and Amanohashidate (one of the Three Views of Japan).

Or you can attempt to “experience” Kyoto and its rich culture: appreciate the traditional architecture and maiko of the Gion district, witness the Gion Festival (held every July), and indulge in the various delicacies Kyoto has to offer, such as Uji matcha green tea, tofu, and various Japanese confectioneries. Kyoto is on the bucket list of many a traveller, and for good reason. 

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