Kyoto Travel Guide
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- 98%Business Travelers
- 98%Family Travelers
- 93%Local Culture
- 90%Green Travelers
- 85%Art & Design Lovers
- 85%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 80%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (116)
- KyotoMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Mar 08, 2014
Loved Kyoto! There is so much to do there and with such variety. I would have to say I liked it even better than Tokyo and I was glad I chose to spend an entire week there. There is so much to see everything from traditional Japan to modern. I recommend people base there trips out of Kyoto and focus as more of their time here. Kyoto has a sampling of pretty much everything Japanese all in one location.
- KyotoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Mar 02, 2014
Being Japan’s capital city in the past for over thousand years, Kyoto has a lot of cultural and historical sites (many of them being on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites). Temples, shrines, palaces, gardens, old and new architecture, museums, restaurants, traditional culture and much more makes this city a must-see in Japan, especially on your first visit. Traditional Kyoto is so much different from modern Tokyo – visiting both cities gives good introduction of life in Japan.
Excellent public transportation allows for fairly easy sightseeing (after you figured out how it works). It’s convenient to stay at a hotel near the Kyoto Station – you can easily get anywhere by trains and busses that depart from there.
- KyotoMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Jan 11, 2014
Kyoto feels different than Tokyo. Somehow it is still high tech, busy and commercial, yet many areas look more traditional and imparts an aura of serenity.
- KyotoJan 04, 2014
A beautiful, timeless city whose temples and other national treasures were spared from Allied bombing during WWII. This is the city in Japan that I return to time and again, and for anyone interested in Japan's traditional culture, it's a must-see. Rent a bicycle and pedal (or walk) between temples that encircle the city, stopping to meditate in Zen rock gardens and take tea. If you're visiting during the spring cherry-blossom season, try to get tickets to see the maiko (apprentice geisha) dance recitals in the old 'floating world' entertainment district.
- KyotoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jan 05, 2014
One of the world's truly special and distinctive cities. If you haven't visited Kyoto, you haven't visited Japan. Tokyo may win for urban hipness and nightlife but Kyoto is the place to rediscover old Japan. If you want a shot at serenity, avoid Kyoto during peak Japanese holiday periods.
- KyotoMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersOct 25, 2013
Kyoto made me feel like I was in James Clavell's Shogun. Ok, I was a kid back then, way into karate, had just read Shogun and had an imagination that I let run wild but in Kyoto you don't really need any of the above to get that feeling of stepping into old Japan especially if you stay at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn as we did. Nijo Castle (where the Shogun used to live), the Imperial Palace and Gion, Kyoto's geisha district were the highlights for me.
- KyotoMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFeb 25, 2014
Crown jewel of the Japanese tourism scene, Kyoto is above all known as a city of temples, but that's really only the beginning of what it has to offer. Spend a day or two hopping between wonders like the stunning Kiyomizudera temple and the Fushimi Inari shrine, but don't neglect a wander up Hiei-zan (a mountain in the city's north), or an evening of geisha-spotting and haute kaiseki cuisine in the precincts of Gion. Kyoto has a fabulous public transit system, but you'll find - weather permitting - that a bicycle is perhaps the best way to get around here.
- KyotoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Sep 15, 2013
If you would like to see the old time Japan, going to Kyoto may be something you would like to consider. From Tokyo, it is about 3 hours by bullet train and cost about $140 one way. (You might want to consider getting the Japan Rail Pass for cost effective travel by train: http://www.japanrailpass.net/) It is a great city for history lovers, foodies, and the Japanese culture enthusiast. There are places that you can try out Maiko and Geisha outfits and walk around town. My personal favorite places around Kyoto is Nishiki Market, Ponto-cho, Fushimi Inari Temple... I have so much!! Depending on the season, you may be able to enjoy the cherry blossoms or the colored leaves.
- KyotoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jun 22, 2013
The ancient Japanese Capital and Cultural heritage center has much history, beauty and grace amidst its modern hustle and bustle. Deep traditions still linger in pocket through the area, with temples, historic sites, and fascinating customer and rituals still found here. Well known through the centuries for its refined clothing and imperial culture.
- KyotoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5May 07, 2013
Japan's cultural and spiritual heart, Kyoto is filled with old temples and other sites. It is packed with tourists, but that shouldn't discourage you from visiting. There is enough to see and do to take up several days here.
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