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.

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.

Where to stay in Kyoto

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo
3.5 out of 5
707-1 Myodenji-cho, Shijo-sagaru, Nishinotoin St, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8472
The price is NT$776 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 20
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (958 reviews)
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Reviewed on 2022/5/13

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo
HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
3 out of 5
661 Ogiya-cho, Sakaimachi-dori, Oshikoji-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-0824
The price is NT$1,018 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (202 reviews)
"三条の繁華街から道を挟んで逆側なので、静かに快適に過ごすことができました。"

Reviewed on 2022/5/10

HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
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, 604-8212
The price is NT$1,258 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 28
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"I’ve stayed 2 nights with my parents, for one room and my wife and me, for another. My parents are in their 80s. Very traditional Japanese. I was a bit concerned a modern style (western bedding for example) and considered a Ryokan first. But they enjoyed the most!! Anyway I definitely hope to come ..."

Reviewed on 2022/4/20

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.
Apartment Hotel 7key S Kyoto
Apartment Hotel 7key S Kyoto
3 out of 5
404, Funebokocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8443
The price is NT$1,384 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 28
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a kitchen. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
便利な長期滞在型ホテル
"周辺は四条烏丸の地域で、地下鉄やバスの公共交通も便利、フレスコ、ライフ、成城石井等のスーパーや飲食店も多く、立地条件はよい。イタリアン、フレンチ、洋食と手頃な店もあり、京都の日本酒(北部15と南部15)を全30種類を試飲感覚で飲める居酒屋も。テイクアウト専門ですが、香港・広東式のローストダックやポークのお店もよかったです。(定員4人用の部屋で)2人には広さもゆとりがあった。4人だときついでしょうが。食器やキッチン用具類も必要最小限あり。キッチン洗剤などの消耗品も置いてありよかった。ベッド、テーブルも問題なし。シーツ交換が有料ですが特に必要なかったです。1階フロント前には観光案内や周辺情報のチラシも置いてあります。 ..."

Reviewed on 2021/11/13

Apartment Hotel 7key S Kyoto
nol kyoto sanjo
nol kyoto sanjo
3 out of 5
700, Osakazaimokucho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-8182
The price is NT$3,851 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
"Great spot and so comfortable! Every need is thought out!"

Reviewed on 2021/12/26

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Mimaru Kyoto Station
Mimaru Kyoto Station
2.5 out of 5
15-1, Higashikujyo Higashisannocho, Kyoto, Kyoto, 601-8004
The price is NT$3,511 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this aparthotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (65 reviews)
"Next to kyoto station. Very convenient."

Reviewed on 2020/2/5

Mimaru Kyoto Station
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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