Kyoto attracts many with its hundreds of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, as well as pink cherry blossoms in spring. The city is bordered on 3 sides by mountain ranges and bisected by the tranquil Kamo River. Cobblestoned streets and centuries-old buildings in the eastern quarters complete the historical scenery.

    Culturally, the ancient city is known for its sophisticated cuisine, sensitivity to the seasons, and ancient traditions. In the famous Gion district, you’ll often see real geishas heading off to their tea house engagements in the early evenings, as well as locals in traditional fashion going about their day. Kyoto is famous for its stunning Japanese gardens, many with beautiful restaurants that serve traditional Kyo-ryori, the cuisine of the tea ceremony.

    What to see & do in Kyoto

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    Kyoto is an ancient city that has kept its roots and culture. You can still find many charming temples, palaces, and gardens spread out across the city. Exploring these fascinating bits of history is a real highlight of a visit to Kyoto. If you’re looking for more 21st-century fun, then head to the downtown area around Kawaramachi station. Here, you’ll find a bustling city scene with shopping malls, games... Izvērst

    Where & what to eat in Kyoto

    Kyoto is renowned for its fancy fine dining, known in Japanese as kaiseki. You will find a host of quaint restaurants serving dainty dishes and refined and painstakingly executed plates of food that balance taste, texture and presentation. Served by a kimono-clad waitress while sitting on a tatami, a fine dining experience in Kyoto can be a highlight of your trip. Another speciality of the region is tofu, no... Izvērst

    Where to shop & what to buy in Kyoto

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      Kyoto is a great place to visit because of its significant history, charming people and huge number of shopping options. If your Kyoto shopping list includes traditional handicrafts and antiques, you’ll not be disappointed. The most popular souvenirs to find in Kyoto include beautiful folding fans, traditional dolls, kimonos, porcelain and pottery as well as green tea and sake. Head...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Kyoto

    Kyoto nightlife is not as wild as you might find in bigger cities like Tokyo or Osaka, but the city has a great selection of bars and pubs clustered around Sanjo station. Head to streets like Kiyamachi to find friendly pubs and izakayas, while Pontocho is a beautifully maintained alleyway that is lined with demure jazz bars and cocktail lounges. For a more cultural night out, cross the river and... Izvērst

    • 18 Best Nightlife Experiences in Kyoto

      Fun things to do in Kyoto extend to its vibrant nightlife. Despite appearances, this ancient city is not only limited to the historical side of things. Visitors who want to enjoy a night out or 2 will find that there are several nightlife districts. Must-visit areas include the Gion District, Pontocho Alley and Kiyamachi Street, where you'll have a...

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