Kyoto

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Heian Shrine featuring a temple or place of worship, religious elements and heritage architecture
Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, feed wild monkeys and explore World Heritage-listed temples and shrines in this historically rich Japanese city.

Kyoto, on the Japanese island of Honshu, has been a hub of religious activity and political power since the eighth century. It was once the capital of Japan and retains many of the temples and palaces built within this period. Step back in time to imperial Japan as you explore the city’s many World Heritage Sites such as the Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto is also renowned for its landscaped gardens, many of which are based on designs dating back hundreds of years.

The wealth of cultural history in Kyoto can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Take the Philosopher’s Walk to orient yourself around some of Kyoto’s historic sights, such as the Eikando Temple. The walk takes in three major temples as well as several smaller temples and shrines, boutique shopping areas and restaurants where you can sample the traditional Japanese multicourse dinner, kaiseki. Cherry blossoms line the walk during spring, and in the fall, the area comes alive with the brilliant reds of maple trees.

Central Kyoto offers a combination of modern and traditional delights. Ride up the Kyoto Tower for a 360-degree view over the city from 330 feet (100 meters) up. Explore the Nishiki Market, lined with restaurants, and fresh produce and street food stalls. See giant salamanders and local river fish at the Kyoto Aquarium.

At one of the regular festivals held in the city, taste some of the food brought to Kyoto from all over Japan to please the Emperor, watch traditional crafts being made, take a lesson in saké brewing and experience the culture of Japan.

Lovers of Japanese literature will enjoy the 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa, built to resemble the fictional setting of the 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji.

Tourism is a large part of Kyoto’s economy and there are some unique attractions such as hand feeding wild snow monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park. Kyoto has a welcoming atmosphere, incredible natural beauty and layered history.

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Where to stay in Kyoto

Agora Kyoto Shijo
Agora Kyoto Shijo
3.5 out of 5
36 Kasabokocho, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8494
The price is CA $31 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are located nearby. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (83 reviews)
"Friendly staff with delicious food"

Reviewed on Jul. 14, 2022

Agora Kyoto Shijo
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8237
The price is CA $100 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 6 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,609 reviews)
"Friendly staff and very clean hotel. We checked-in very late but the staff was very kind and had everything ready so everything was very smooth. The family room they provided was very spacious and comfortable. Looking forward to staying here again when visit again."

Reviewed on Aug. 1, 2022

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
3 out of 5
661 Ogiya-cho, Sakaimachi-dori, Oshikoji-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-0824
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $44 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a 24-hour front desk. Popular attractions Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (274 reviews)
"The lobby rest area was so comfortable, good environment for relaxation"

Reviewed on Jun. 25, 2022

HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Karasuma Oike
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Mimaru Kyoto Horikawarokkaku
Mimaru Kyoto Horikawarokkaku
2.5 out of 5
249, Tsuboya-Cho, Horikawa Rokkaku-Sagaru, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-8255
The price is CA $95 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this aparthotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, laundry facilities, and a flat-screen TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (197 reviews)
"Not only was the staff exceptionally friendly, the lodging arrangements were PERFECTLY cozy! Spent a few days here to visit Kyoto as a present for my oldest son’s birthday. The grocery and bakery were within a few minute’s walk. We got to cook a couple meals on site with the in-room kitchen amenities ..."

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2022

Mimaru Kyoto Horikawarokkaku
Mimaru Kyoto Nishinotoin Takatsuji
Mimaru Kyoto Nishinotoin Takatsuji
2.5 out of 5
782 Honryusuicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 600-8462
The price is CA $107 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this aparthotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the overall value in our ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (193 reviews)
"As new property, extremely clean and plenty of room for family. Very comfortable and handy to all amenities. Very enjoyable stay."

Reviewed on Mar. 22, 2020

Mimaru Kyoto Nishinotoin Takatsuji
nol kyoto sanjo
nol kyoto sanjo
3 out of 5
700, Osakazaimokucho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto, Kyoto, 604-8182
The price is CA $182 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 3-star aparthotel in Kyoto. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk, and daily housekeeping. Popular attractions Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (47 reviews)
"Really great place to stay. The room is large for Japanese Standard with Sofa that can sleep a child or teenager. Close to the main shopping area and Shrines. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on Jul. 18, 2022

nol kyoto sanjo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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