Timeless tradition; The Cultural Heart of Japan
Japan’s ancient capital city is the epicenter of tradition. Steeped in history and with a dash of the mysterious, Kyoto captivates and intrigues like nowhere else.
From the strikingly golden Kinkakuji to the contemplative Zen stone garden of the Nanzenji Temple, to the winding alleyways of Pontocho with its hidden eateries and watering holes, Kyoto, with its many World Heritage sites speaks to the mind, body and soul. Kyoto’s month-long Gion Matsuri festival is Japan’s biggest, while the pine covered Amanohashidate Sandbar, known as a pathway between heaven and earth, is one of Japan’s most breathtaking views. Home to some of the finest traditional cuisine Japan has to offer, Kyoto is also home to Japan’s rarefied geisha — although combining the two will take rather deep pockets.
Places to visit in Kyoto
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Hirano Jinja Shrine
Located in northwest Kyoto, Hirano Shrine was established in the year 794 when the capital was transferred to Heian-kyo from Nagaoka-kyo. During the cherry blossom season, the shrine stays open until 8 pm.
Nakamura Tokichi (Honten)
If you are traveling to Kyoto, Nakamura Tokichi Honten should be on your list. Not only you can feast on delicious matcha treats, but also enjoy them in historical Kyoto settings.
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Eikan-do Zenrin-ji is a temple located in the Sakyo Ward of Kyoto. The temple is famous for its beautiful autumn color.
This Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect is located in the heart of the traditional city of Kyoto. To-ji Temple is best known for its five-story pagoda, the highest wooden tower in Japan. Founded in 796 under the supervision of Emperor Kammu, this temple has
Tadasu no Mori Forest
Its trees have been famous throughout the Shimogamo Shrine's history. The delicate flowers of the plum trees and the aromatic blossoms of the cherry trees have inspired many visitors.
Only a 5-minute walk from Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto Higashiyama offers Japanese-style accommodations with free wired internet access.
Hotel Excellence Kyoto Ekimae
Ideally located just a 5-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station, this non-smoking hotel features simple guest rooms and free property-wide WiFi. All rooms are single-use rooms and are perfect for solo travellers.
Overlooking Wakasa Bay and the Amanohashidate land bridge, Shinpuro offers hot-spring baths and Japanese dinners with fresh seafood. The elegant rooms include a satellite flat-screen TV and tea maker.
Guest House Bokuyado
Housed in a 70-year-old traditional Japanese townhouse, Guest House Bokuyado feature a Japanese garden, free WiFi throughout the property, and bicycle rentals.
Almont Hotel Kyoto
Kyoto Almont Hotel offers modern accommodations with free wired internet. Hachijo East Exit of JR Kyoto Train Station is only a 5-minute walk away.
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Aotake-an is a holiday home situated in Kyoto, 1.1 km from Kiyomizu-dera Temple. The air-conditioned unit is 1.5 km from Samurai Kembu Kyoto.
Guesthouse Kotoya Kyoto Station
Featuring free WiFi, Guesthouse Kotoya Kyoto Station is located in Kyoto, 2.4 km from Tofuku-ji Temple. Every room at this guest house is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room.
Staying in a traditional Kyoto Townhouse on a budget!
Have you ever wandered through Kyoto and marveled at the gorgeous old townhouses? And secretly imagined yourself staying in one and feeling like you're part of Memoirs of a Geisha? Well, I confess, I have! But did you know, you actually can stay in one of thes