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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 ¥9,711
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.

    Hotel Monterey Kyoto ¥5,330
    Reviewed on Mar 6, 2020
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    Hotel Monterey Kyoto

    Hotel Monterey Kyoto

    604 Manjuya-cho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto
       
      4.4 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      The hotel was in a very convenient location and very beautiful!

      Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma ¥5,355
      Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020
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      Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

      Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

      678 Oomandokoro-cho, Karasuma-dori Bukkoji Sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto
         
        4.5 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Location is very good with easy access to trains and restaurants.

        Kyoto Century Hotel ¥8,810
        Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020
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        Kyoto Century Hotel

        Kyoto Century Hotel

        680 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          4.5 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          It was perfect. Everything was in great shape, the service was impeccable. An elegant, beautiful place.

          Hyatt Regency Kyoto ¥24,000
          Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020
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          Hyatt Regency Kyoto

          Hyatt Regency Kyoto

          644-2 Sanjusangendo-mawari, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
             
            4.5 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            We like the tranquility of the property. It will be ideal if there is an onsen onsite.

            Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae ¥7,455
            Reviewed on Jan 22, 2020
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            Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae

            Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae

            707-2, Higashi-Shiokoji-cho,Shichijo-, Sagaru,Karasumado-ri,Shimogyou-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
               
              4.5 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Great hotel. Great location and spacious room. Only negative was the bed. It was hard as as rock

              APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi ¥4,091
              Reviewed on Jan 28, 2020
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              APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi

              APA Hotel Kyoto Ekihigashi

              Higashishiokojicho, 552-1, Kyoto, Kyoto
                 
                4.4 of 5
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Room super clean and very comfortable.

                Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto ¥10,691
                Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020
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                Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

                Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

                15 Nishi-Iwamotocho, Higashi-kujo, Kyoto, Kyoto
                   
                  4.7 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This is a new hotel and goes out of its way to provide excellent room facilities, in particular we liked the Nespresso pod coffee machine in the room. We stayed for five nights and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The hotel is also conveniently located for the railway station which is only 200 ...

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