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The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world. A Kyoto vacation appeals to visitors wishing to enrich their outdoor explorations with some historical and spiritual flair, an easy task in a city claiming to posses over 1,000 notable Buddhist temples. In addition to soaking up the architectural sights, popular things to do in Kyoto include visits to the busy textile district, browsing the old-fashioned shopping streets, and dropping into tofu shops and traditional teahouses. Kyoto is in Kyoto Prefecture. Take a look at our Japan day trip tool to refine the details of your trip to Kyoto.
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Parks in Kyoto

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Where to stay in Kyoto

Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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