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Central KyotoKyoto

Explore Central Kyoto: its temples, castle, culture, and more!

Explore the historic city of Central Kyoto—shopping, temples, and popular sights from Nijō Castle to Nishiki Market.

Top Hotels in Central Kyoto

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto
ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto
4 out of 5
Nijojo-Mae Horikawa-Dori, Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
Free Cancellation
The price is ¥6,612 per night

Located in Central Kyoto, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nijō Castle and Shijo Omiya. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 1 mi ...

4.3/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"Low season, good price, excellent view of nijojo Castle."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥8,374 per night

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Kawaramachi are also within 2 mi ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,022 reviews)

"Muy buen hotel, cuartos bastantes amplios, todos equipados. Desayuno bastante completo y bueno"…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Hotel Kanra Kyoto
Hotel Kanra Kyoto
4 out of 5
190 Kitamachi, Karasuma-dori, Rokujyo sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥14,050 per night

Located in Central Kyoto, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto Tower, and Shijo Omiya. Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (643 reviews)

"Best location, with nice staffs. Good services. I'll come back for sure."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Hotel Kanra Kyoto
ibis Styles Kyoto Station
ibis Styles Kyoto Station
3 out of 5
47 Higashikujo Kamitonoda-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥5,455 per night

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kyoto Tower and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kenninji Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Hokanji Temple and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

"Nice place to stay. Clean and simple. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

ibis Styles Kyoto Station
APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE
APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE
3 out of 5
806, Minami Fudodocho, Shiokoji-sagaru, Nishinotoin dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥3,719 per night

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...

3.8/5Good! (991 reviews)

"Friendly staffs. Good location. Near to both Kyoto station and bus Interchange."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2020

APA HOTEL KYOTO-EKIMAE
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥14,863 per night

Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto Tower, and Sanjusangendo Temple. Kyoto Aquarium and Shijo ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (1,369 reviews)

"Excellent location! Room was large, well appointed."…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020

Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Popular places to visit in Central Kyoto

Kyoto Tower
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Kyoto Tower

4/5(463 reviews)

In a city known for its temples and other ancient relics, this observation point catches the eye as an example of 20th-century innovation.

Kawaramachi
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Kawaramachi

4.5/5(124 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Kawaramachi, a favorite shopping spot in Kyoto. Make time for the temples and local tours in this culturally rich area.

Nishiki Market
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Nishiki Market

4.5/5(253 reviews)

Come to this market in the heart of the city to experience the authentic sights, smells and sounds of the bartering vendors and their traditional food.

Kyoto Imperial Palace
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Kyoto Imperial Palace

4.5/5(566 reviews)

Find out about the history of Kyoto Imperial Palace, one of the top monuments in Kyoto. Check out the temples and top-notch restaurants in this culturally rich area.

Nijō Castle
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Nijō Castle

4.5/5(584 reviews)

Visit the world of the wealthy and powerful shogun, in this opulent 17th-century castle complex.

Pontocho
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Pontocho

4.5/5(3 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Pontocho, a favorite shopping spot in Kyoto. Check out the temples and top-notch restaurants in this culturally rich area.

Top things to do in Central Kyoto

Nishiki Market Food Tour
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Nishiki Market Food Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥8,000
Per adult
Samurai and Ninja Museum Tour in Kyoto
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Samurai and Ninja Museum Tour in Kyoto

94% of travellers recommend
¥2,500
Per adult
Half-Day Bento Cooking Class at Traditional House
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Half-Day Bento Cooking Class at Traditional House

100% of travellers recommend
¥8,000
Per adult
Arashiyama Walking Tour
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Arashiyama Walking Tour

98% of travellers recommend
¥8,250
Per adult
Kyoto Like a Local: Customized Private Tour
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Kyoto Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

100% of travellers recommend
¥6,467
Per adult
Private & Personalised Full Day in Kyoto with a Local
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Private & Personalised Full Day in Kyoto with a Local

¥22,618
Per adult

Other neighborhoods in Kyoto

Nishiki Market featuring markets and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Shijo

Unique features of Shijo include the coffeehouses and spas. Make a stop by Nishiki Market or Kawaramachi while you're exploring the area.

Shijo
Kyōto which includes street scenes and a small town or village as well as a small group of people

Nakagyo Ward

4.5/5Wonderful!(52 area reviews)

Travelers love Nakagyo Ward for its popular shops, and you can see more of Kyoto by jumping on the metro at Nijojo-mae Station or Karasuma Oike Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Nijō Castle and Nishiki Market.

Nakagyo Ward
Kyoto International Manga Museum featuring a city

Karasumaoike

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Karasumaoike for its colorful gardens, but many stay to explore sights like Kyoto International Manga Museum and Rokakkudo Temple. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Karasuma Oike Station.

Karasumaoike
Nishiki Market featuring markets and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Karasuma

Visitors to Karasuma love its popular shops, and you can check out Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Karasuma Oike Station.

Karasuma
Kyoto Tower showing a city, night scenes and city views

Shimogyo

4.5/5Wonderful!(96 area reviews)

Shimogyo is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Kyoto Tower and Kawaramachi. See more of Kyoto by jumping on the metro at Tanbaguchi Station or Umekoji-Kyotonishi Station.

Shimogyo
Kyōto showing fall colors, religious aspects and snow

Kamigyo

4/5Very Good!(5 area reviews)

Noted for its historic sites and gardens, there's plenty to explore in Kamigyo. Top attractions like Kyoto Imperial Palace and Doshisha University are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Imadegawa Station or Kuramaguchi Station to see more of the city.

Kamigyo