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Kyoto

4.2
World heritage site · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites
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. Plan the details of your Kyoto holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use Japan trip builder tool.
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Popular things to do in Kyoto

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Historic Site
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
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Historic Site
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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World heritage site
Nijo Castle
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Neighborhood
Arashiyama
4.3
Duration: 6 hours

Historic Sites in Kyoto

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Religious Site
Kinkaku-ji
4.4
Duration: 1 hour
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Historic Site
Sanjusangendo Temple
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Ryoanji Temple
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Ginkakuji Temple
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Kyoto

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Theme Park
Universal Studios Japan Osaka
4.1
Duration: 6 hours
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Castle
Osaka Castle Chuo
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Aquarium
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Osaka
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Nara Park Nara
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Kyoto

Historic Walking Area
Katsura Imperial Villa
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Historic Site
Heian Shrine
4.2
Duration: 1 hour
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Garden
Shugakuin Imperial Villa
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Bamboo Forest Street
3.4
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Kyoto

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Flea Market
Nishiki Market Shopping District
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Shopping Mall
Kyoto Station Building
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Antique Store
Kyoto Kimono Rental Sakura
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Kimono Atelier Akane
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Kyoto

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Specialty Museum
Kyoto International Manga Museum
3.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design
4.3
Duration: 1 hour
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Art Museum
Kyoto National Museum
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
The Museum of Kyoto
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Cooking Class
Haru Cooking Class
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
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Outdoor Activity
Kyoto Kimono Rental Rei
3.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Nightlife
KSK-Tour
5.0
Duration: 6 hours
Neighborhood
Gion
4.1
Duration: 3 hours

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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