Kyoto is the place to experience the ‘real’ traditional Japan. Just a simple walk along the narrow streets will show that the many old wooden shops, stores, teahouse and private homes of the past are still very much in evidence and are ready to draw you back into the rich history of Japan.
The sliding doors and scents of local restaurants plus the old-style advertisements and shop displays along the way are part of the everyday Kyoto charm. There is a long list of ‘must-visit places’ in this ancient capital that includes the Imperial Palace and shogun castles as well as temples, shrines, Zen gardens, cherry blossom-filled parks and Buddhist temples. We've listed may of the best things to do in Kyoto below.