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Kyoto (s, Kyōto) served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face.

Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.

Top attractions in Kyoto

Central Kyoto
Food and Drink

Pontocho

Narrow lane offering atmospheric dining.
80%
1,023
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Eastern Kyoto
Historic Site

Gion

Kyoto's most famous geisha district.
85%
3,541
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Southern Kyoto
Northern Kyoto
Shrine

Kibune

Town with shrine in the northern mountains.
90%
166
Temple

Kurama

Rural town with temple and hot spring.
86%
431
Town/Neighborhood

Ohara

Rural area famous for Sanzenin Temple.
86%
405
Temple

Hieizan

Mountain temple complex of the Tendai sect.
83%
479
Temple

Takao

Wooded valley with temples north of Kyoto.
82%
184
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Western Kyoto
Scenic Ride

Sagano Railway

Nostalgic sightseeing train through a scenic valley.
83%
254
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Events
Side Trips from Kyoto

Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
81%
3,284

Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.
87%
28

Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.
69%
113
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Access and Orientation

Hotels around Kyoto

Recommended Hotels
Backpackers Hostel Ks House Kyoto
One of Kyoto's most popular hostels. A ten minute walk from Kyoto Station.
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Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Located inside Kyoto Station, this is Kyoto's most convenient 4-star hotel.
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Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel
Elegant luxury hotel located near Sanjusangendo Temple.
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Khaosan Kyoto Guest House
Cheap and popular hostel located in the heart of the city near Kawaramachi Station.
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New Miyako Hotel Kyoto
Reasonably priced 3-star hotel located just across the street from Kyoto Station.
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Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto
Modern hotel along Sanjo Street close to Pontocho and other dining options.
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Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: December 31, 2014