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.
Musubi-an Gion Kamogawa
Only a 3-minute walk from Gion Shijo Subway Station, Musubi-an Gion Kamogawa features both dormitory-style and private rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire property and guests can enjoy refreshments at the ground floor caf
Yunokian is a detached holiday home with a terrace, set in Kyoto. The holiday home comes with air conditioning and free WiFi. The kitchen has a microwave, a fridge and a stovetop and there is a private bathroom with slippers and
Kyo no Yado Orizuru
Kyo no Yado Orizuru offers accommodation in Kyoto. Every room at this guest house is air conditioned and has a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room.
Piece Hostel Kyoto
Opened in April 2013 with brand new facilities, Piece Hostel Kyoto is conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station.
Aqua Front Umekoji Guest Apartment Kyoto Ann
Open from July 2016, Aqua Front Umekoji Guest Apartment Kyoto Ann offers apartments with free WiFi access in Kyoto. Samurai Kembu Kyoto is 700 metres from the property. All units are air conditioned and include a flat-screen TV.
Kyoto Ryokan Kinoe
Ryokan Kinoe is located in central Kyoto, just a 5-minute walk from the Gion area. It offers a traditional stone garden, 24-hour public baths and spacious rooms with private bathrooms.
Hotel Kyoto Base
Opened in October 2012, this hotel offers simple guest rooms with free WiFi. It is just a 3-minute walk from Gojo Subway Station, and JR Kyoto Station is a 2-minute subway ride away. Free WiFi is offered in all areas.
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