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.
2 hours 17 mins from Tokyo (450km)
17 World Heritage sites
Population of 1.5m
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
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.
A small coffee shop and art gallery just around the corner from Kiyomizu Gojo station. The shop was founded by Shin Nishibori, who is known for his work as a designer for Apple computers.
Kyoto Guesthouse Lantern
Kyoto Guesthouse Lantern offers affordable dormitory-style or private rooms. Guests can relax in the common lounge space and rent bicycles to tour the city.
Aranvert Hotel Kyoto
Aranvert Hotel is located in Kyoto, just a 2-minute walk from Gojo Subway Station's Exit 2. It offers a restaurant, a public bath and rooms with views of mountains and Kyoto’s traditional houses.
Sunrich Kyoto Station - Guest House In Kyoto
A 10-minute walk from JR Kyoto Train Station, Guest House Sun Rich offers modern apartments with a kitchen, a living area, a sleeping loft and a combination LCD TV/PC with free internet. All apartments have free Wi-Fi.
Khaosan Kyoto Theater
Surrounded by traditional Japanese houses in the central Kyoto area, Khaosan Kyoto Theater is a 5-minute walk from Kawaramachi and Gion-shijo subway stations.
Fukuchiyama Sun Hotel
The Fukuchiyama Sun Hotel offers a hot public bath, saunas and free-use bicycles. It also features a restaurant, a 24-hour reception and drinks vending machines, while WiFi internet and car parking are provided free of charge.
Guest House Atagoya
Located in the middle of historic Arashiyama neighbourhood, Guest House Atagoya features free property-wide Wi-Fi and private Japanese-style rooms. JR Saga-arashiyama Station is a 3-minue walk away.
Nijo Sumirean Holiday Rentals
Located in Kyoto, this villa is set 700 metres from Nijo Castle. The holiday home is 700 metres from Kyoto International Manga Museum. Free WiFi is offered . The unit equipped with a kitchenette with a microwave and toaster.
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