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Kyoto (s, Kyōto) served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is one of the country's ten largest cities with a population of 1.5 million people and a modern face.

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

Top attractions in Kyoto

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Central Kyoto
3
Garden

Sento Palace

Imperial palace with beautiful gardens.
3.8 / 5
252
4
Shopping

Nishiki Market

Fresh food market street in central Kyoto.
3.8 / 5
1,723
6
Food and Drink

Pontocho

Narrow lane offering atmospheric dining.
3.7 / 5
1,173
7
Historic Site

Nijo Jinya

Former inn for visiting feudal lords.
3.7 / 5
528
10
Zoo/Wildlife

Kyoto Aquarium

Modern aquarium west of Kyoto Station.
3.4 / 5
115
11
Shopping

Kyoto Station

Kyoto's futuristic railway station building.
3.3 / 5
4,728
12
Viewpoint/Tower

Kyoto Tower

Modern landmark of Kyoto.
3.0 / 5
1,913
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Eastern Kyoto
2
Neighborhood

Higashiyama•••

Preserved historic district around Kiyomizudera.
4.2 / 5
1,342
3
Temple

Ginkakuji•••

Beautiful temple not actually covered in silver.
4.1 / 5
3,300
7
Historic Site

Gion

Kyoto's most famous geisha district.
4.0 / 5
3,856
12
Shrine

Heian Shrine

Modeled after the ancient Imperial Palace.
3.8 / 5
1,994
13
Temple

Chionin Temple

Head temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism.
3.7 / 5
1,051
14
Temple

Shogunzuka Mound

Mountain top temple with observation decks.
4.2 / 5
29
15
Temple

Eikando Temple

One of Kyoto's most famous autumn color spots.
4.0 / 5
492
16
Temple

Shinnyodo Temple

Less famous temple known for its autumn colors.
3.8 / 5
82
17
Shrine

Yasaka Shrine

Popular shrine hosting the Gion Festival.
3.6 / 5
1,658
18
Park

Maruyama Park

Kyoto's most popular park for cherry blossoms.
3.4 / 5
719
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Southern Kyoto
4
Temple

Toji Temple

Large temple with Japan's tallest pagoda.
3.8 / 5
1,256
Northern Kyoto
4
Shrine

Kibune

Town with shrine in the northern mountains.
4.3 / 5
232
5
Temple

Kurama

Rural town with temple and hot spring.
4.1 / 5
492
7
Neighborhood

Ohara

Rural area famous for Sanzenin Temple.
4.1 / 5
439
9
Temple

Takao

Wooded valley with temples north of Kyoto.
3.9 / 5
210
10
Temple

Hieizan

Mountain temple complex of the Tendai sect.
3.9 / 5
518
13
Shrine

Kamo Shrines

Two of Kyoto's most important shrines.
3.7 / 5
657
14
Temple

Enkoji Temple

Nice Zen temple known for its autumn colors.
4.1 / 5
176
15
Temple

Manshuin Temple

Important temple near Shugakuin Imperial Villa.
4.0 / 5
76
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Western Kyoto
1
Neighborhood

Arashiyama••

Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto.
4.4 / 5
2,712
2
Temple

Kokedera••

Called moss temple because of its garden.
4.2 / 5
368
8
Amusement Park

Toei Eigamura

Theme park and film set combined.
3.6 / 5
478
9
Scenic Ride

Hozugawa Cruise

Scenic boat ride down a river towards Arashiyama.
4.0 / 5
98
10
Scenic Ride

Sagano Railway

Nostalgic sightseeing train through a scenic valley.
3.9 / 5
330
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Events
2
Festival

Hanatoro

Twice annual light up event.
4.1 / 5
226
3
Festival

Aoi Matsuri

Historical parade from the Heian Period.
3.9 / 5
257
4
Festival

Jidai Matsuri

Historical parade covering an entire millenium.
3.6 / 5
202
Side Trips from Kyoto
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Osaka••

Largest city of the Kinki Region.
4.1 / 5
7,265
4

Kinosaki••

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.
4.1 / 5
462
5

Himeji••

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.
4.1 / 5
2,876
6

Uji

City south of Kyoto known for its temple and tea.
4.0 / 5
1,391
8

Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.
3.8 / 5
3,508
9

Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.
3.4 / 5
586
10

Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.
4.0 / 5
38
12

Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.
3.0 / 5
132
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    • Guesthouse Engawa
      Budget-friendly
      Guesthouse Engawa offers accommodation in Kyoto. Guests can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of Kyoto in their rooms. Each comes with a flat-screen TV, and an electric kettle will be provided upon request. Bathroom facilities are shared with other guests. Free toiletries and hairdryers are also available. There is luggage storage space at the property. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is 600 metres from Guesthouse Engawa, while Heian Shrine is 2.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, 39 km from the property.
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    • Guesthouse KYOTO COMPASS
      Budget-friendly
      Located in Kyoto, this traditional Japanese guest house features free Wi-Fi and a free public computer. Shichijo Onmae bus stop is 3 minutesf walk away. A seating area and shared bathroom are provided with each room at Guesthouse KYOTO COMPASS. Free toiletries are provided and blankets are available upon request. Select rooms have a garden view. A shared living area and bicycles are available for guestsf use during their stay at this Kyoto Guesthouse Compass. Access to the shared kitchen is available upon request. The guest house is 4.5 km from Imperial Palace and 2.2 km from Kyoto Station. Nijo Castle and Toji Castle are within a 30 minutesf bus ride away.
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    • Ryokan Mugen (Adult Only)
      Mid-range
      Mugen is a property that was built 160 years ago, situated in Kyoto, 1 km from Nijo Castle. Every room at Mugen features an en suite shower room, toilet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. You will find a shared lounge on site and a bar at the annex building. The ryokan also offers bike hire. Imperial Palace is 1.1 km from Mugen, while Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is 1.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, 39 km from the property.
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    • Gallery Nozawa Inn
      Budget-friendly
      Gallery Nozawa Inn offers accommodation in Kyoto, 25 minutes on foot from JR Kyoto Station. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Every room includes a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Each room is equipped with a private toilet, and bathrooms are shared. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is luggage storage space at the property. Guests can sample Japanese-style breakfast featuring seasonal ingredients. There is a public bathhouse located a 10-minute walk away. Nijo Castle is 2.4 km from Gallery Nozawa Inn, while Kyoto International Manga Museum is 2.4 km from the property. Osaka Itami Airport is 36 km away.
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    • Guesthouse tu casa
      Budget-friendly
      Attractively located in the Higashiyama Ward district of Kyoto, Guesthouse tu casa is situated 1.2 km from Sanjusangen-do Temple, 1.4 km from Kiyomizu-dera Temple and 1.9 km from TKP Garden City Kyoto. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The guest house has family rooms. At the guest house rooms are equipped with a shared bathroom. Samurai Kembu Kyoto is 2.2 km from Guesthouse tu casa, while Kyoto International Manga Museum is 2.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 38 km from the accommodation.
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    • Mitsuki Kyoto
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Kyoto, within 600 metres of Kyoto International Manga Museum and 1.7 km of Nijo Castle, Mitsuki Kyoto offers accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is located 2.1 km from Kyoto Imperial Palace, 2.3 km from Heian Shrine and 2.3 km from Samurai Kembu Kyoto. The accommodation provides a concierge service, ticket service and luggage storage for guests. At the ryokan every room has a private bathroom. An Asian breakfast is available every morning at Mitsuki Kyoto. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Kyoto, like cycling. Shoren-in Temple is 3.2 km from Mitsuki Kyoto, while TKP Garden City Kyoto is 3.4 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 39 km from the ryokan.
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    • Guest House Oumi
      Budget-friendly
      Well set in Kyoto, Guest House Oumi provides air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a garden. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen and room service for guests. At the guest house every room comes with a shared bathroom with free toiletries. A continental breakfast is available daily at guesthouseoumi. Nijo Castle is less than 1 km from the accommodation, while Kyoto International Manga Museum is 2.2 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 37 km from Guest House Oumi.
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    • Kyoto Shijo Takakura Hotel Grandereverie
      Luxury
      Ideally situated in the Shimogyo Ward district of Kyoto, Kyoto Shijo Takakura Hotel Grandereverie is situated 1.3 km from Kyoto International Manga Museum, 1.9 km from Samurai Kembu Kyoto and 2.3 km from TKP Garden City Kyoto. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and luggage storage for guests. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also feature free WiFi. Shoren-in Temple is 2.7 km from Kyoto Shijo Takakura Hotel Grandere, while Nijo Castle is 2.8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 38 km from the accommodation.
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    • IMAYA Hostel Kyoto
      Budget-friendly
      Attractively situated in the centre of Kyoto, IMAYA Hostel Kyoto features air-conditioned rooms, a bar, free WiFi and a shared lounge. The property is around less than 1 km from Kyoto International Manga Museum, a 16-minute walk from Nijo Castle and 2.4 km from Samurai Kembu Kyoto. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, a concierge service and ticket service for guests. The rooms at the hostel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a kitchenette. The shared bathroom is fitted with a bidet, a hairdryer and free toiletries. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Kyoto Imperial Palace is 2.9 km from IMAYA Hostel Kyoto, while Heian Shrine is 3.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 38 km from the accommodation.
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    • Ryokan Tori
      Mid-range
      Ryokan Tori is located in Kyoto, 2 km from Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. The property is around 2.3 km from Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace. The property is 3.2 km from Kinkaku-ji Temple and 3.7 km from Kyoto International Manga Museum. All guest rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a kettle. Each room has a shared bathroom, while selected rooms are fitted with a balcony and others also offer a garden view. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Guests at tori can enjoy an Asian breakfast. Heian Shrine is 5 km from the accommodation. Itami Airport is 50 km from the property.
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