Kyoto Travel Guide

Kyoto is a city located in the Kinki region.

According to history, in the year 794 the emperor moved the capital from Nara to Kyoto. Kyoto has many old buildings and cultural heritage such as the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Some of the streets have also been registered as World Heritage Sites.

There are a lot of historical buildings such as Fushimi-Inari-taisha Shrine’s red Torii, the big stage of Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the Bamboo Street of Arashiyama Mountain. Lots of people visualize Kyoto’s landscape as being the main image of Japan. Other than those structures, traditional art crafts, traditional dances and such things as Japanese cuisine and sweets can be enjoyed here. Kyoto is the best destination for those who want to enjoy the traditional culture of Japan and museums such as the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts or Tondaya Nishijin Textile Lifestyle Gallery.

We recommend to come here during autumn when you can enjoy the autumn leaves view or in summer when the Gion Matsuri festival is held. Recommended autumn leaves viewing spots are such places as Jojakko-ji Temple, Nison-in Temple, and Renge-ji Temple. Gion Matsuri festival is one of the three biggest Matsuri festivals in Japan, and it is a festival that has been held here since 1000 years ago. The whole festival is around one month long, and during that period plenty of different festivals are held everywhere in Kyoto. Additionally, winter in Kyoto is very cold and it snows, so please check the weather in advance and dress accordingly.

You can get around by train or bus in Kyoto City. The southern part of Kyoto City used to be the capital city and nearly all of the roads are formed into vertical and horizontal straight lines, thus it is quite easy to get around and remember directions. Also, since Kyoto is adjacent to Osaka, Nara and Shiga prefectures, traveling around the Kinki area from here is very convenient.

Tourism information: Kyoto

Map: Kyoto