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What are the best places to visit in Kyoto?

Almost ready to head off on your Kyoto vacation? Can't work out what things to include in your travel schedule? No need to stress — we'll give you some suggestions.

You'll find lots of amazing things to see in Kyoto. Famed attractions such as Nijo Castle and the Kiyomizu Temple ensure this will be a vacation that'll be etched in your memory forever.

Boasting tourist attractions such as Fushimi Inari Shrine and Katsura Imperial Villa, there's never a boring moment in this exciting city. Once you're done having a look at those, continue in the direction of Heian Shrine and the Ryoanji Temple.

A range of powerful people have resided in Kyoto Imperial Palace throughout the years. If you've ever daydreamed about living like aristocracy, be sure to visit this stately building. Adventurers in this destination have an abundance of choice. Theater can challenge the way we think and asks us to aspire to higher things. See a production at Gion Corner and open your mind to some big ideas. Still have time to spare? Constructed to pay homage to the gods, temples afford visitors an intriguing look into another religion and culture. Learn about the local belief system as you wander around the sacred monument of Toji Temple.

What are the most popular activities for a Kyoto holiday?

Hanging out on a beach doing not much at all is all well and good, but there's nothing like diving into exciting new experiences on your getaway!

Start off your trip to Kyoto by checking out one or two of these things to do:

Got some time on your side? Visit our Kyoto things to do page for a full list of activities.

What types of accommodation options are available in Kyoto?

Securing convenient places to stay is key when it comes to planning cheap vacations or luxury getaways. Luckily, Kyoto has approximately 344 accommodations, so you'll have loads to choose from.

If you're the type of person that can't fall asleep unless they have 1000 thread count sheets, why not nestle down in luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto (Kamogawa Nijo-Ohashi Hotori, Nakagyo-ku) or the Nazuna Kyoto Nijo-tei ~Service&Dedication~ (580, Kusuriyacho)? Alternatively, the Ryokan Yoshida-sanso (59-1 Yoshida Shimo-ooji-cho, Sakyo-ku) and the Kujo Stays (8, Higashikujo Nakatonodacho) are a couple of accommodations worth checking out if you're traveling on a budget.

A real highlight of any trip to Kyoto is Nijo Castle. If you'd like to stay within close proximity of this famous attraction, the Konruri-An Machiya Residence Inn and the Fushizome-an Machiya Residence Inn are both excellent options.

Is there an airport in Kyoto?

Based just 25 miles away, Itami Airport (ITM) is the most convenient terminal to your destination. Check that your seat belt is buckled and tear your eyes away from that in-flight film — your well-deserved trip to Kyoto isn't far off now!




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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto ¥8,431
Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020
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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    The hotel was very well located, the staff were very friendly, helpful and professional and our room had all the amenities that we needed.

    ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto ¥5,950
    Reviewed on Feb 25, 2020
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    ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

    ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

    Nijojo-Mae Horikawa-Dori, Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

      APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT ¥4,132
      Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020
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      APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

      APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

      555, Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
         
        4.0 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This is our second APA hotel that we've stayed at so far. Nothing that really caught my attention honestly other than the amazing location. I'd stay at this hotel again especially for the location. Literally, the Yasaka shrine is less than a block away. One tiny thing was that it felt a little dusty ...

        Hotel Kanra Kyoto ¥13,196
        Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020
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        Hotel Kanra Kyoto

        Hotel Kanra Kyoto

        190 Kitamachi, Karasuma-dori, Rokujyo sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          4.8 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

          ibis Styles Kyoto Station
          Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020
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          ibis Styles Kyoto Station

          ibis Styles Kyoto Station

          47 Higashikujo Kamitonoda-cho, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
             
            4.2 of 5
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

            Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery ¥13,818
            Reviewed on Feb 2, 2020
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            Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery

            Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery

            84 OHASHICHO, Kyoto
               
              4.7 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Great hotel. Good location great staff

              Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites ¥3,109
              Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020
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              Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites

              Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites

              38-1 Higashikujo Kitamatsunokicho, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
                 
                4.7 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                The propertys building itself was good looking. Very clean. The room we got was definitely more than what we expected for the price. 3 beds and sofa bed was excellent considering it was only 2 of us. Next time we must travel with more people. Other than that there isn't much to offer in ways of amenities. ...

                NEST HOTEL KYOTO SHIJOKARASUMA ¥3,632
                Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020
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                NEST HOTEL KYOTO SHIJOKARASUMA

                NEST HOTEL KYOTO SHIJOKARASUMA

                551 Sannocho, Kyoto, Kyoto
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Beautiful hotel - great room with King bed - my husband was elated. The breakfast for 1000 yen per person was well worth it and full of interesting things to try. The staff are friendly and helpful. Only two minor complaints 1) not one English language news channel 2) we arrived 50 min. before the ...

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