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As Japan's former capital, Kyoto thrived for centuries as the country’s epicenter of culture, religion, and economy. Buddhist temples, palaces, beautiful gardens, and time-honored traditions like the geisha of the Gion district all help to preserve this era's impact.

There are 17 locations that make up the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto" spread throughout Kyoto. The gold leaf-covered Kinkakuji temple (the Golden Pavilion)—which according to legend was burned down by a monk who thought it was "too beautiful"—is a popular place to start. Another great launch pad is the Kiyomizu-dera, famous for its wishing wells, wooden veranda, and beautiful views of cherry and maple trees.

During spring and fall, the trees blossom into canopies of pink and red, while all of Arashiyama's towering bamboo remains bright green year-round. This colorful canvas extends to another popular landmark – the Fushimi Inari Shrine, featuring 10,000 orange "torii" gates that form a tunnel through the surrounding forest.

Kyoto is a hotspot for Japan's world-famous cuisine. Nishiki Market is packed with Michelin star restaurants, sushi spots, and "izakaya" bars, where you can have everything from Kitsune Udon noodles to "kaiseki" – Japan’s take on haute cuisine.

Tonight

From $21 per night

This weekend

From $83 per night

Next weekend

From $56 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency ¥1,000 = $6.92
Language Japanese
Average weekend price $25 per night
Average weekday price $25 per night
Average stay 1 night

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Kyoto reviews

What other travelers say about Kyoto

10

Efficient check-in, spacious room,

April 25, 2018

Efficient check-in, spacious room, very nice location. Tokyo tower experience shouldn’t be missed. Great place to stay. Very close to Kyoto station, including all the bus stations. Hotel staff are friendly and speaks good english.

Lita
Lita United States of America
10

Amazing country with a rich and unique culture.

August 22, 2022

Amazing country with a rich and unique culture. So many beautiful places to explore. Very easy to get around by walk or the train/subway system. People are kind and very polite, city is clean and beautiful.

ANGELICA
ANGELICA United States of America
10

Kyoto is a place you want to come back always.

August 20, 2022

Kyoto is a place you want to come back always. It was my 3rd time there and have plans to back. Many places to visit (my favourite is Kiyomizu-dera) and a vegan ramen Michelin rated located near Kyoto Shiyakusho Sta.

Aemi Fatima
Aemi Fatima Japan
10

Kyoto is a wonderful place.

August 16, 2022

Kyoto is a wonderful place. I was lucky enough to live there both long-time and short-time and I enjoyed it a lot both times. It has beautiful nature, interesting architecture, shrines, temples and of course very nice people too. If you want to see the most beautiful part of Japan you should definitely visit Kyoto! It's magical and inspiring :)

Arctic Circle
Arctic Circle Japan
10

A city full of beautiful and unique Japanese shrines and...

August 4, 2022

A city full of beautiful and unique Japanese shrines and monuments with a very good transport system. Eating typical Japanese food, wearing kimono, hiking mountain trails, visiting the geisha district and riding rickshaws are some of the activities you can do during your visit to Kyoto. Your visit to Japan won’t be completed if you don’t visit Kyoto.

Khan
Khan
10

The surface of the town has changed over so many years, and...

April 26, 2022

The surface of the town has changed over so many years, and keeps changing. However, the essence of Kyoto remains. I was born there and spent my youth there. Literally every corner brings me a sweet memory. I love Kyoto.

H. B
H. B Netherlands

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