Kyoto Hotels and Travel Guide

Kyoto Travel Information

To really discover the beauty and grace of Japan you need to visit the ancient imperial capital Kyoto. Originally Heian-kyo, capital of peace and tranquility, Kyoto was modeled after the Tang Chinese city of Chang-an in a simple checkerboard design. Kyoto is bordered on three sides by mountain ranges and bisected by the gentle flow of the Kamo River, cobble-stone streets and centuries-old buildings in the eastern quarters complete the historic scenery.

Culturally, Kyoto remains the richest part of the country and the local people cherish their sophisticated cuisine, sensitivity to the seasons and ancient traditions. In the famous Gion district it is not uncommon to see real geisha heading off to their tea house engagements in the early evenings and many local people still dress in traditional kimono fashion.

The city is home to two extensive imperial complexes, more than 1650 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto shrines. Many of these historic buildings have been rebuilt up to a dozen times as the city fell victim to earthquakes, fires and civil wars. Nowadays quite a few are protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites. In addition to important architectural and religious sites, Kyoto is famous for its stunning Japanese gardens many with beautiful restaurants that serve traditional Kyo-ryori, the cuisine of the tea ceremony.

Kyoto Area Guides Kyoto Area Guides

Kyoto City comprises 11 wards, each with something special to explore. The centrally located wards of Nakagyo and Shimogyo are where you will find the main concentration of hotels, shopping and nightlife. Read More...

Where to Stay in Kyoto Kyoto Hotels - Where to Stay in Kyoto

Kyoto hotels and resorts at the best rates, from Five Stars resorts such as Hotel Granvia Kyoto, to budget accommodation, you are sure to find the accommodation you are looking for. Read More...

Kyoto Attractions Kyoto Attractions

Just a simple walk along the narrow streets will show that the many old wooden shops, stores and teahouse are still very much in evidence and are ready to draw you back into the rich history of Japan. Read More...

Kyoto Restaurants Kyoto Restaurants

Kyoto in general is not an ideal place for tourists on a tight budget. If hungry visitors spend enough time checking and looking around, they will find something that fits their taste and budget. Read More...

Kyoto Nightlife Kyoto Nightlife

Kyoto’s attractions are not only limited to the historical side of things. Visitors who want to enjoy a night out or two will find that there are several nightlife districts. Must-visit areas include the Gion District, Pontocho Alley and Kiyamachi Street. Read More...

Kyoto Shopping Kyoto Shopping

Kyoto is a great place to visit because of its significant history and just loads of shopping options. If your Kyoto shopping list includes traditional handicrafts and antiques, you will not be disappointed. Read More...

Kyoto Activities Kyoto Activities

Kyoto is full of interesting things to do. This ancient capital has a lot of vintage architecture such as castles, temples and shrines. The choices of interesting activities are huge and range from experiencing the traditional to the ultra-modern. Read More...

Kyoto Map Kyoto Map

Our interactive map (and satellite views) displays all available hotels with photos, facilities and guest comments as well as attractions, landmarks and other items of interest with links to relevant information pages. Read More...


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