Kyoto is often referred to as Japan’s most beautiful city, thanks to its countless temples, shrines and traditional gardens. Many people go there to visit its iconic architectural attractions, spot elusive geishas, and of course, to experience the cherry blossoms in spring.
To help you on your way, I outline the essential things that you need to know below, and then link out to more in-depth articles on each topic.
About Kyoto & Why To Visit
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a thousand years. It was one of the few Japanese cities that escaped World War II bombings, so you’ll find plenty of well-preserved temples, shrines and wooden machiya townhouses, contrasted against modern, bustling structures.
The city is a popular destination all year round, but it’s especially during the springtime cherry blossom season from March to April, and during autumn from October to November. If you’re planning to travel during these times, it’s best to make your accommodation bookings far in advance.
There are many reasons to visit Kyoto, but I personally love the city for all the unique culture that you get to experience, the wide variety of Japanese cuisine, as well as the beautiful scenery that changes with the seasons.
Things To Do
Quick info on things to do
Kyoto is a large city that’s definitely not short on attractions and activities, so I’ve written an article about Kyoto’s top 12 things to do to help you decide which activities to experience during your stay.
Apart from doing activities and visiting attractions, don’t forget to have a taste of the best of Kyoto’s sushi restaurants, and also check out Kyoto’s lively nightlife.
Where To Stay & Getting There
Quick info on where to stay
Most visitors traveling to Kyoto stay within the neighborhoods of Downtown Kyoto, Southern Higashiyama, or the Kyoto Station area. Each neighborhood has its distinct advantages, depending on your travel style.
To help you choose accommodation that best fits your travel style, I’ve written an in-depth article about where to stay, and the 12 best ryokan within the recommended locations.
Quick info on getting there
Getting to Kyoto involves landing at one of three nearby airports, and then choosing from one of several transfer options to get to the city. To help you plan your journey, I’ve written a 5-part article about how to get to Kyoto.
The Bottom Line
As you’ll probably soon find out, Kyoto is a beautiful city which offers many timeless cultural experiences. I hope the guides linked on this page make it easier for you to plan the perfect trip! 🙂