Kyoto

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Heian Shrine showing a temple or place of worship, religious aspects and heritage architecture

Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, feed wild monkeys and explore World Heritage-listed temples and shrines in this historically rich Japanese city.

Kyoto, on the Japanese island of Honshu, has been a hub of religious activity and political power since the eighth century. It was once the capital of Japan and retains many of the temples and palaces built within this period. Step back in time to imperial Japan as you explore the city’s many World Heritage Sites such as the Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto is also renowned for its landscaped gardens, many of which are based on designs dating back hundreds of years.

The wealth of cultural history in Kyoto can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Take the Philosopher’s Walk to orient yourself around some of Kyoto’s historic sights, such as the Eikando Temple. The walk takes in three major temples as well as several smaller temples and shrines, boutique shopping areas and restaurants where you can sample the traditional Japanese multicourse dinner, kaiseki. Cherry blossoms line the walk during spring, and in the fall, the area comes alive with the brilliant reds of maple trees.

Central Kyoto offers a combination of modern and traditional delights. Ride up the Kyoto Tower for a 360-degree view over the city from 330 feet (100 meters) up. Explore the Nishiki Market, lined with restaurants, and fresh produce and street food stalls. See giant salamanders and local river fish at the Kyoto Aquarium.

At one of the regular festivals held in the city, taste some of the food brought to Kyoto from all over Japan to please the Emperor, watch traditional crafts being made, take a lesson in saké brewing and experience the culture of Japan.

Lovers of Japanese literature will enjoy the 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa, built to resemble the fictional setting of the 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji.

Tourism is a large part of Kyoto’s economy and there are some unique attractions such as hand feeding wild snow monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park. Kyoto has a welcoming atmosphere, incredible natural beauty and layered history.

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Where to stay in Kyoto

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
4 out of 5
74 Nakajimacho,Kawaramachi Higashi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is NT$718 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Central Kyoto, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kiyamachi Street and Kawaramachi. Nishiki Market and Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre are also within ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (935 reviews)
"very convenient access to Sanjo & Shijo are, a spacious room with a nice set of bath & shower."

Reviewed on 2022/1/2

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
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 NT$2,036 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Nishiki Market are also within 2 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,995 reviews)
"Convenient location and courteous staff. Just wish use of swimming pool and gym is made free for staying guest."

Reviewed on 2022/1/11

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei
3.5 out of 5
361 Rokkaku-cho, Rokkaku-sagaru, Shinmachidori , Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$1,147 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Art Center and Nishiki Market. Kawaramachi and Nijō Castle are also within 15 minutes. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (956 reviews)
"A comfort room with moderate amenities. Room upgrade was ok, simply reckoned the original room was small."

Reviewed on 2021/10/16

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
nol kyoto sanjo
nol kyoto sanjo
3 out of 5
700, Osakazaimokucho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is NT$4,786 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teramachi Street and Nishiki Market. Kawaramachi and Kyoto University are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
"清潔でコーヒーお菓子無料で頂けて大変満足です。月に一回は京都行ってるので空いてる限り利用しょうと思います。"

Reviewed on 2022/1/5

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Miun Kinkakuji
Miun Kinkakuji
4 out of 5
13-Mar, Murasakino, Gonouecho, Kyoto, Kyoto
Located in Kita Ward, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Funaoka Thermal Bath and Kinkaku-ji. Kitano Tenmangū and Doshisha University are also ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Excellent house. The location is remote, a long way from most anything."

Reviewed on 2019/4/7

Miun Kinkakuji
Mimaru Kyoto Horikawarokkaku
Mimaru Kyoto Horikawarokkaku
2.5 out of 5
249, Tsuboya-Cho, Horikawa Rokkaku-Sagaru, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is NT$5,428 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sanjo and Nijō Castle. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 1 mi (2 km). Nijojo-mae ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (192 reviews)
"We just spent two weeks in a Western style self catering in Mimaru Kyoto. The beds are clean and comfortable and they change linen every 3 days. The living room has a large tv, two large sofas, and a centre table that can be used for meals. There is heating and air conditioning. The kitchenette has ..."

Reviewed on 2020/3/19

Mimaru Kyoto Horikawarokkaku
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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