What 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. Here are a few suggestions for attractions in Kyoto.

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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...

Other Areas

Ayabe Astronomical Observatory 'PAO'

This astronomical observatory was founded in 1995 and is located in Ayabe, north of Kyoto. It features a 95-cm reflecting telescope and a 150-inch large screen high-definition television. Here, you’ll find quite a few interesting exhibitions related to astronomy. Join their star watching every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from late evening until 21:30. If the weather is clear you can see many interesting stars during daytime hours.

  • Opening Hours: Tue, Wed, Thu from 09:00 – 16:30 and Fri, Sat, Sun from 09:00 – 21:30, closed on Mondays
  • Location: In Ayabe City (JR Sanin Main Line to Ayabe Station)
  • Tel: +81 (0)77 342 8080

Coca-Cola Kyoto Factory

Coca Cola is one of the most recognized products in the world and a tour of the Kyoto Coca-Cola Factory can be an interesting one. The tour is free and occurs three times per day. Pre-booking only. Each tour lasts about 90 minutes.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30, 13:00 and 15:00
  • Location: About 10 min by bus from Kintetu Okubo
  • Tel: +81 (0)77 443 5522

Suntory Kyoto Brewery

Beer is very popular in Japan and there must be more than 300 micro-breweries throughout the country. Suntory Beer is one of Japan’s major beers, available everywhere from bars to convenience stores and this Kyoto brewery offers free factory tours several times per day with English-speaking guides. Advance booking is a must and visitors not only observe the beer production but also to taste the freshly brewed product. Cheers!

  • Opening Hours: Dec - Mar 10:00 – 15:00, Apr - Nov 10:00 – 15:30
  • Location: Nagaokakyo City
  • Tel: +81 (0)75 952 2020
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