Kyoto

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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.

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Central Kyoto

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Nijo Castle

Former Kyoto residence of the shogun.

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2507 users
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Nishiki Market

Fresh food market street in central Kyoto.

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1260 users
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Sento Palace

Imperial palace with beautiful gardens.

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197 users
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Nijo Jinya

Former inn for visiting feudal lords.

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447 users
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Pontocho

Narrow lane offering atmospheric dining.

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Visited by
865 users
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Kyoto Station

Kyoto's futuristic railway station building.

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2002
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Visited by
3809 users

Eastern Kyoto

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Kiyomizudera

Temple famous for its large wooden terrace.

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Visited by
3290 users
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Ginkakuji

Beautiful temple not actually covered in silver.

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Visited by
2651 users
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Higashiyama

Preserved historic district around Kiyomizudera.

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Visited by
812 users
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Gion

Kyoto's most famous geisha district.

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Visited by
3041 users
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Heian Shrine

Modeled after the ancient Imperial Palace.

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Visited by
1649 users
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Maruyama Park

Kyoto's most popular park for cherry blossoms.

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Visited by
487 users

Southern Kyoto

4

Toji Temple

Large temple with Japan's tallest pagoda.

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526
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Visited by
1057 users

Northern Kyoto

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Kinkakuji

Temple building covered in gold.

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3706 users
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Kibune

Town with shrine in the northern mountains.

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Visited by
106 users
5

Kurama

Rural town with temple and hot spring.

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Visited by
369 users
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Ohara

Rural area famous for Sanzenin Temple.

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Visited by
362 users
9

Hieizan

Mountain temple complex of the Tendai sect.

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433 users
10

Takao

Wooded valley with temples north of Kyoto.

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160 users

Western Kyoto

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Arashiyama

Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto.

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Visited by
1951 users
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Kokedera

Called moss temple because of its garden.

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109
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Visited by
280 users
3

Katsura Villa

Imperial villa with stunning landscape garden.

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130
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Visited by
294 users
9

Hozugawa Cruise

Scenic boat ride down a river towards Arashiyama.

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Visited by
55 users
10

Sagano Railway

Nostalgic sightseeing train through a scenic valley.

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73
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Visited by
176 users

Events

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Hanatoro

Twice annual light up event.

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175 users
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Aoi Matsuri

Historical parade from the Heian Period.

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201 users
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Jidai Matsuri

Historical parade covering an entire millenium.

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62
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Visited by
155 users

Side Trips from Kyoto

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Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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389
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Visited by
726 users
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Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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Visited by
4593 users
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Osaka

Largest city of the Kinki Region.

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Visited by
5775 users
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Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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156
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Visited by
338 users
5

Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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Visited by
2216 users
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Amanohashidate

One of Japan's three most scenic views.

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211
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Visited by
426 users
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Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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Visited by
2862 users
8

Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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207
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Visited by
494 users
9

Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

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Visited by
14 users
10

Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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Visited by
314 users
11

Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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12
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Visited by
102 users
Last updated: December 31, 2014
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Gion Hatanaka

A real Japanese inn in a quiet area of Gion, famous for Geisha. 15min walk to Kiyomizu-dera. 5min to Yasaka-jinja.

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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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