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For over 14 years our online Kyoto guide has provided our readers with a comprehensive guide to this ancient Japanese city. Our chief researcher grew up in the Kyoto area, so has a deep and personal understanding of the culture and attractions is this beautiful city. Through the development of our guide to Kyoto we have visited and photographed over one hundred temples and many shrines. With this detailed knowledge we have created one of the best online guides to Kyoto including suggested Kyoto itineraries along with extensive lists of attractions.

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UNDERSTANDING KYOTO

While there are modern elements to the city of Kyoto, there still remains an unrivalled quantity and quality of history properties spread throughout the city of Kyoto and the surrounding hills. Kyoto was the capital of Japan prior to Tokyo, and unlike previous occasions when the capital of Japan was relocated, the vast majority of the buildings were left in Kyoto. This staggering array of properties includes over 1,600 temples, 400 shrines and three Imperial Properties including the Kyoto Imperial Palace (Gosho), which is still used today. In addition there many traditional Japanese tea houses, Geisha houses and Japanese gardens.

Kyoto has the remains of four Japanese castles, including the largely original and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nijo Castle. Looking at a Kyoto map you can still clearly see how Nijo Castle still remains at the centre of the city, surrounded by temples, shrines and the other historic areas and hills beyond that. While Nijo Castle represents the geographic centre of Kyoto, it is the landmark building of Kyoto Station, which represents much of the modern activity area. Kyoto Station and the adjacent Kyoto Bus Station are the focus of many retail shops and Kyoto hotels.

KYOTO CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON

Cherry Blossom season throughout Japan is popular time for people to visit gardens and temples to view the cherry blossom. In Kyoto the cherry blossom season is extremely busy, with the best locations packed with local and international visitors. There are traffic jams around the popular areas throughout many of the days, but more so on the weekend. Does this mean it isn’t worth seeing Kyoto during cherry blossom season? Not at all, it is such a special and brief time, where the views are so beautiful. A wonderful cherry blossom experience is something you will remember for the rest of your life.

This popular time in Kyoto does mean that you will need to plan ahead, anticipate that it will be crowded and prepare to work around the situation. If you can, time your visit to Kyoto for week days, rather than weekends. Book your Kyoto hotel or accommodation, well in advance. Ideally one year ahead, but if you are booking closer to the time, then your options will be more limited. This will mean either a more expensive hotel or staying a little bit out of Kyoto, such as in Otsu, around Lake Biwako or even Osaka, which is only a 30 minute express train ride away.

Cherry blossom season in Kyoto tends to be the first two weeks of April, but this varies from year to year. The blossom can arrive a few days early or even a week late. Cherry trees come into blossom at slightly different time within Kyoto. This variation is caused by slightly different climatic conditions caused by hills, wind, soil type and exposure to the sun.

KYOTO ATTRACTIONS

Kyoto is two and a half hours by train from Tokyo, to the south west, in the Kansai Region. There are so many Kyoto attractions, so we have tried to make it easier for you to find what interests you. See our Kyoto attractions page for more information on over 230 Kyoto attractions we have information on.

TOP TEN KYOTO ATTRACTIONS

Byodoin Temple

Byodoin Temple
Byodoin Temple is a famous Buddhist temple which appears on the 10 Yen coin. Byodoin Temple is in tea making area of Uji near Kyoto. Byodoin Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms ...

Daigoji Temple

Daigoji Temple
Daigoji Temple is famous for its five storied pagoda, cherry blossom viewing in spring and a traditional Japanese garden. Daigoji Temple is part of a large Japanese Temple complex and is a d...

Ginkakuji Temple - Silver Pavilion

Ginkakuji Temple - Silver Pavilion
Ginkaku-ji - Silver Pavilion is a Buddhist temple, that was built in the style of the Golden Pavilion, but was never completed with a matching cover of silver. Ginkaku-ji features some of th...

Gion

Gion
Gion is a district of Kyoto, home to many geisha houses and traditional tea houses. In the evenings you can see Geisha walking in Gion....

Heian Jingu Shrine

Heian Jingu Shrine
Heian Jingu is a Shinto Shrine in Kyoto. Heian Jingu is famous for having the largest torii in Japan and its beautiful Japanese Pond Garden (chisen-shoyu-teien or shinden-zukuri), which is o...

Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion

Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion
Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku) is the most famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto and probably Japan. Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku) is literally covered in gold leaf and is surround by beautiful Japanese ga...

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a Buddhist temple, which is notable for its vast veranda, that offers impressive views of the Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the best known sights of Kyoto, be...

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle
Nijo Castle in Kyoto includes Nimomaru Palace and the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several beautiful Japanese gardens. Nijo Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Si...

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple
Ryoanji Temple is a Buddhist temple, that houses a Japanese gardens which is considered to be one of the most notable examples of the "dry-landscape" style. This garden, which is the quintes...

Tenryuji Temple

Tenryuji Temple
Tenryuji Temple is the head temple of the Tenryu sect of Rinzai Zen Buddhism and the most important Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. Tenryuji Temple possesses many Important Cultural Properties...

Byodoin Temple Kyoto

Byodoin Temple Kyoto

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