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Best Things to Do in Kyoto

Kyoto Attractions

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.

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Kyoto Attractions Guide A-Z

Fushimi Attractions

Fushimi Attractions A-Z

The historic sake-making streets in the township are lined with quaint white-walled sake houses and there is still Read More...

Higashiyama Attractions

Higashiyama Attractions A-Z

Higashiyama attractions offer a taste of a traditional way of life that is still maintained today. Catch a glimpse of Read More...

Kamigyo Attractions

Kamigyo Attractions A-Z

Being a centre of the tea ceremony, this is a good place to learn how to appreciate this fine art. Places like WAK Japan Read More...

Kita Attractions

Kita Attractions A-Z

Kita Ward is home to the Golden Pavillion, Kinkaku-ji which draws hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. There’s Read More...

Minami Attractions

Minami Attractions A-Z

Kyoto’s most iconic landmark the five-storey pagoda of Toji Temple is Minami’s main attraction. Being an historic Read More...

Nakagyo Attractions

Nakagyo Attractions A-Z

You will need more than a few days to fully explore all that Nakagyo Ward has to offer. Castles, museums, exquisite Read More...

Sakyo Attractions

Sakyo Attractions A-Z

Sakyo is rich with religious sites of great historical significance. From the Silver Pavillion and Nanzen-ji along the Read More...

Nishikyo Attractions

Nishikyo Attractions A-Z

The Katsura Imperial Villa which was built as a retreat for moon viewing. The villa is also an opportunity to witness Read More...

Shimogyo Attractions

Shimogyo Attractions A-Z

From the ultra-modern structure that is Kyoto Station to the ancient grace of Buddhist temples, Shimogyo ward has plenty Read More...

Ukyo Attractions

Ukyo Attractions A-Z

The list of attractions in Ukyo is impressive with a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites. The districts of Sagano and Read More...

Yamashina Attractions

Yamashina Attractions A-Z

A stroll around the streets of Yamashina will reveal some areas of beautiful nature and some man-made marvels as well Read More...

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