Kyoto is old Japan writ large: atmospheric temples, sublime gardens, traditional teahouses and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons.
Start planning your trip
Must-see attractions for your itinerary
The covered Nishiki Market (Nishiki-kōji Ichiba) is one of Kyoto’s real highlights, especially if you have an interest in cooking and dining. Commonly…
Arashiyama & Sagano
The thick green bamboo stalks seem to continue endlessly in every direction and there’s a strange quality to the light at this famous bamboo grove, which…
Located atop 848m-high Hiei-zan (the mountain that dominates the skyline in the northeast of the city), the Enryaku-ji complex is an entire world of…
A buzzing hive of activity perched on a hill overlooking the basin of Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera is one of Kyoto's most popular and most enjoyable temples. It…
Kyoto Station & South Kyoto
With seemingly endless arcades of vermilion torii (shrine gates) spread across a thickly wooded mountain, this vast shrine complex is a world unto its own…
A collection of soaring buildings, spacious courtyards and gardens, Chion-in serves as the headquarters of the Jōdo sect, the largest school of Buddhism…
Gion is the famous entertainment and geisha quarter on the eastern bank of the Kamo-gawa. While Gion’s true origins were in teahouses catering to weary…
Imperial Palace & Around
For anyone with the slightest fondness for Japanese gardens, don't miss this network of lanes dotted with atmospheric Zen temples. Daitoku-ji, the main…
How to get around Kyoto
Sep 18, 2022 • 6 Min read
From buses, trains and the subway to discovering the city on foot or by bicycle, here’s our essential guide on how to get around in Kyoto.
Food and Drink
The best places in Kyoto to try traditional food and drinks
Mar 22, 2022 • 5 Min read
Kyoto has a refined culinary tradition that's not to be missed. Here’s our guide to the top spots in Kyoto to try local dishes and drinks.
The best things you can do for free in Kyoto
Feb 7, 2022 • 7 Min read
It's easy to visit Kyoto on a budget. From stunning temples to incredible landscapes, here are the best free things to do in Kyoto.
How to navigate Kyoto on a budget
Feb 2, 2022 • 6 Min read
From cheap travel to affordable food and accommodations, discover our top tips for exploring Kyoto on a budget.
Festivals & Events
When to plan a trip to Kyoto
Jan 19, 2022 • 7 Min read
Kyoto presents a new face with each changing season. From cherry blossom viewing to the parades of Gion Matsuri, here are the best times to visit Kyoto.
The 7 best hikes in Kyoto – for scenery, city views and mountaintop temples
Jan 5, 2022 • 9 Min read
Stunning Kyoto Prefecture, with its spectacular mountain ranges, is crisscrossed by hiking routes. Here are seven of our favorite hikes around Kyoto.
Discover history, culture and world-class food in Kyoto’s most exciting neighborhoods
Dec 23, 2021 • 7 Min read
If you’re looking to explore Kyoto, check out these five diverse neighborhoods in Japan’s most historic major city.
Art and Culture
Kyoto's 7 best museums for contemporary art, traditional sake and popular manga
Dec 20, 2021 • 6 Min read
From fascinating displays of traditional local crafts to stunning exhibitions of modern art, here are seven of the best museums in Kyoto.
Things to know before visiting Kyoto
Dec 16, 2021 • 6 Min read
From planning your trip to local etiquette, here are the most important things to know before going to Kyoto.
Purchase our award-winning guidebooks
Get to the heart of Kyoto with one of our in-depth, award-winning guidebooks, covering maps, itineraries, and expert guidance.