Travel to Kyoto


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Kyoto has countless holy sites, parks, Japanese gardens, shrines, entertainment, art, and more. Of course, there are still many interesting activities in Kyoto, but the best thing is a trip to its surroundings.

# 1 Fushimi Inari Taisha Temple

According to many Japanese people, the most photographed place in Japan is Fushimi Inari-Taisha. This place is world famous for its beautiful red wooden arches / gates called Torris. Torria is the holy gate leading to the temple. Fushimi Inari Taisha is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the attractions worth visiting in Kyoto.

In addition to being the most photographed place in Japan, it is also the most impressive place in Kyoto. This is a huge temple complex, which runs along the slopes of the mountain and consists of 32,000 holy gates (thoriums). You can walk under these sacred tori, go to different temples. Fushimi Inari Taisha is a temple zone that extends for about 4 square kilometers on Mount Inari. You can walk everywhere, and most trails lead under beautiful red-black gates.

The tori located in the temple area were donated by Japanese companies to thank the gods for their prosperity. This process began in 711 and continues to this day and is part of the Shinto faith.

History of the Inari Temple District

The area of ​​the Inari temple was first described in 711 in the literature. At this time, the location of the temple complex was still on Inariyama Hill in southwestern Kyoto. Since 816, it has been moved to its current location. The first real shrines were installed at the request of the emperor Murakami in 965. Kyoto was then the capital of Japan and an important political / holy city.

The complex was actually opened to Japanese companies in 1499 and supplemented by a gate. Over the years, the complex has turned into a real monument, which is important not only in Kyoto, but also for all of Japan. Currently, there are more than 32,000 holy gates that show different paths to holy temples and shrines such as Okumiya and various tsuki. In addition, they are all red above and on them a black bottom, the so-called "socks".

How to get to Fushimi Inari Taisha
The temple is not in the center of Kyoto, but on the outskirts of the city. This means that traveling takes a little longer than most other attractions. It is better to take the JR Nara line, and then go to Inari. This line leaves from Kyoto Main Station. You can also order organized bus tours with various Japanese tour operators.

Gion, a geisha district

Gion is one of the last and present geisha areas in Japan. This is a beautiful old area that will take you to ancient Japan.

You can get lost here between old Japanese wooden buildings, tea houses and exclusive Japanese restaurants. Gion is an area in Kyoto that you should definitely not miss. In Gion, you can see traditional Japanese clothing and architecture. The area is almost entirely made up of wooden buildings and still has many geishas that walk in traditional kimonos.

Geisha-Geisha is a traditional Japanese muse for artists and wealthy Japanese. They use classical music, dancing and singing to offer an evening full of entertainment. This is a real art form, which is recognized as the cultural heritage of all of Japan. A geisha is usually dressed in a kimono, black hair (sometimes a wig), a white face and bright red lips.

Traveling around Gion you will get tired and certainly you can’t leave without having a cup of tea in one of the many teahouses. You get tea in the traditional Japanese way, and you can enjoy the tranquility that the ancient buildings around you give. If you are looking for exclusive Japanese restaurants that you will not find anywhere else in Japan, then you can enjoy Gion. The area is full of gourmet cuisine, and for a true connoisseur this is a real Mecca.

Fesitwal Gion Matsuri

In addition to the daily activities in Gion, every year in July there is a gigantic festival that attracts millions of Japanese, namely Gion Matsuri.

This festival is known for its beautiful carnival carts and, of course, for the traditional performances of geishas and other Japanese musical talents. It's a busy festival, but it's definitely worth a visit to Kyoto in July.

How to get to Gion
Gion District is located in the center of Kyoto, so it is easy to reach. You can catch a huge number of buses passing by Gion, it is best to ask a local resident or bus driver who is the first to leave for Gion.

Golden Pavilion "Kinkaku-ji"

If you visit Kyoto, you will surely visit some beautiful ancient temples. Kinkaku-ji (sometimes also Kinakaku-ji) is in the ranking of the 10 best temples in Japan.

It is also one of the 17 sites in Kyoto that are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The temple is easily accessible by bus from Kyoto Station to Kinkaku-ji Michi or Kinkaku-ji Mei.

Kinkaku-ji is a beautiful, not very large temple, which lies on a small pond and is officially called Rokuon-ji. “Rokuon-ji” means “a temple in the deer’s garden,” but since the temple’s most interesting feature, of course, is its golden walls, “Kinkaku-ji” was a better name because “Kinkaku-ji” means “the golden pavilion” .

The location of the golden temple between the green trees and the beautiful pond gives an unrealistic picture that you will not find anywhere else in the world. Especially in winter, the colors look good, because the golden walls, of course, stand out against the background of snow and brown / green trees. The temple was not always made of gold, and, frankly, it was only a few years, or rather, since 1955. In addition to the gold pavilion, Kyoto also has a silver pavilion, which is also on the list of Kyoto's main attractions.

Kinkaku-ji Temple History
Kinkaku-ji was built (funded) by the wealthy Shikun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1337. This happened in collaboration with the first priest Muso Soseki, who dedicated the temple entirely to Buddha, more precisely to Zen Buddhism. The temple has survived many wars and glorious periods in Japan since 1397, including the Onin War, which destroyed the entire area around the Kinkaku-ji Temple.

Fortunately, the temple survived the Onin Civil War, but in 1955, the temple, unfortunately, fell victim to destruction. On July 2, 1955, a 22-year-old monk set fire to the temple and then attempted suicide on the sacred Daimonji Hill behind him. Kinkaku-ji Temple was completely destroyed by this fire. Because Japan viewed the temple as a cultural heritage, it was quickly restored and Rokuon-ji received gilding.

It also gave a new name to Kinkaku-ji, the golden pavilion. The beautiful history and modern condition of the temple give this a worthy place in our main attractions.

Silver Pavilion "Ginkaku-ji"

High on the list of main temples that you can visit in Kyoto, of course, is also Ginkaku-ji or the silver pavilion. The official name of Ginkaku-ji is Jisho-ji, which means in a free translation "temple of excruciating grace." This temple used to be the country house of a powerful commander, but shortly after his death, it became a temple dedicated to Zen Buddhism.

The fun part of this temple is that compared to the Kinkaku-ji Temple, which is completely wrapped in gold, this temple has no traces of silver other than its name.

Ginkaku-ji Temple is less consecrated than its golden brother, but it is definitely worth a visit. It is actually a very quiet, beautiful building, and the temple gives you an idea of ​​the life of Japan many centuries ago. The temple dates back to 1480 and was once a villa for the shogun, then it became a temple with a beautiful garden around it.

You can wander around the garden for several hours. Paths lead through beautiful forests, mossy hills and past small ponds. In autumn, it gives beautiful pictures, because the whole forest has different autumn colors, and the temple finds harmony with the landscape.

How to get to Ginkaku-ji
The temple is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm (often a little longer in the summer) and costs 500 yen, which is about 300 rubles. As with all attractions, the trip often starts at Kyoto Station, here you have to catch a bus and get off at the Ginkaku-ji Michi bus stop.

Shopping in Shijo Dori

In Kyoto, you can visit temples, ancient culture and architecture, but, of course, modern Japan. Thus, you can go to Kyoto for the phenomenon of the store until you drop. Shigio Dori is a relatively new street with many luxurious department stores, shops and boutiques, which certainly should not be lost in our main attractions.

Shigio Dori is the street that ends at the relatively new Kyoto train station. It begins there with a gigantic complex of glass and steel, which accommodates several shops. If you go outside, you will arrive at Shijio-Dori and you will see department stores on the left and right of the street. In this new shopping center, the city of Kyoto can offer tourists everything.

You can start shopping at Daimaru department store in departments with cosmetics, jewelry and fashion items. After that, you can stroll west to visit the stores of major fashion brands such as Gucci, LV, Fendi and, of course, the super-traditional chain of souvenir shops (wink). After that, you find yourself in the largest Takashimaya department store. This department store together with Koto +, which is located on the opposite side of the street, is known for its orientation towards a young audience. Here you can find modern clothes, fashionable attributes and trendy fun restaurants and bars.

Food on the shopping street
Most restaurants and sushi bars can be found on the upper floors of department stores. Here you can choose from a variety of menus, so you can find a “dose” of fast food, sushi, noodles or just a Western steak.

Other places of interest in Kyoto

Palaces and castles

  • Nijo Castle was once a powerful shogun (military dictator) of Japan.
  • The Imperial Palace in Kyoto, where the imperial family lived until 1868.
  • Shugakuin Villa was built by retired emperor Gomitsuno (1656) in a suburb of Kyoto.
  • Villa Katsura was also an imperial residence and has several beautiful Japanese gardens.

Public places

  • Around the beautiful Kiyomizuder Temple is the historical district of Higashiyama.
  • Arashiyama is a beautiful tourist area on the outskirts of Kyoto.
  • Of course, you can shop in Kyoto on Shijo-Dori Street.


  • Kiyomizudera, which is almost entirely made of wood, especially the gigantic terrace, is very impressive.
  • Sanjusanjendo has at least 1001 statues in a realistic format.
  • Nanzenji Temple is completely dedicated to the formation of Zen, surrounded by a beautiful stone garden.
  • Ninnagi Temple was once the home of an imperial couple.
  • For a beautiful stone garden, you can go to Ryoanji Temple.
  • Bedion Temple is known for its beautiful garden around it.
  • In the fall, you can go directly to Tofukuji Temple, because the forests around it have a beautiful fall color.

Parks and Japanese Gardens

Kokedera, also known as Saikoji, is probably one of the most beautiful Japanese gardens in the world. Kokedera means “temple of moss”, it received this name because moss grows everywhere.

History and description of the city

The first mention of the lands of Kyoto dates back to the IV century BC. e. At this time, the first temple was built in the vicinity. The city developed rapidly; monks and artisans began to actively occupy it. In the eighth century, imperial power was in danger of a coup. The emperor was forced to relocate the capital, which was located in Nara, away from the influence of Buddhist monks. The city of Heian was built in the depression of Kyoto, which meant "the capital of peace and tranquility." On the basis of this city, Kyoto arose.

Until the XIX century, Kyoto retained the status of the capital and the imperial residence, in the XVII – XIX centuries it became the richest and most prosperous city in the country. But the fire at the Imperial Gate destroyed many buildings, of which 28 thousand were only residential buildings. The affected city had to be restored, and the capital was moved to modern Tokyo.

Today, Kyoto is the administrative center and largest city in Japan. Here fishing and agriculture are developed, and tourism is the main source of income. Kyoto is considered the most culturally valuable Japanese city. There are 1,600 Buddhist temples, 2 Shinto and about 7 imperial palaces in it.

Table: Kyoto Basic Information

LocationCentral Part, Kyoto Prefecture
Square827.83 km²
Population1,472,027 people
ReligionBuddhism, Shintoism
CurrencyJapanese yen
TimezoneUTC + 9
Do I need a visaYes

How to get there

Kyoto does not have its own airport. But Japan has well-developed rail and bus services, and you can get here from any Japanese city and airport.

You can fly to the airports:

Residents of the eastern regions can go to Kyoto by ferry, which departs from Vladivostok and arrives at the port of Sakaiminato.

Attractions Kyoto

The main advantage of Kyoto is that it was spared by World War II, so the city has preserved ancient, pre-war buildings, complemented by modern buildings. The main material for the construction here was wood for a long time, and the only decoration of the buildings was skillful carving and gilded coating of details. The style of Japanese construction was influenced by the Buddhist religion.

14 attractions in Kyoto are UNESCO World Heritage Sites

In Kyoto, ancient Buddhist temples belonging to 9 schools, as well as Shinto temples, have been preserved.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

The name of the temple of Kiyomizu-dera in translation means "temple of pure water." It was originally built in 778. When centuries later the temple was destroyed by natural elements, it was restored. Kiyomizu-dera belonged to the Hosso School and is made completely without using a nail. On the territory of the temple there are stables, the main hall, a babbling waterfall, and sanctuaries.

The floor of the veranda of the temple is lined with cypress leaves.

The famous porch of the temple is associated with an ancient legend. In Kyoto, it was believed that in order to fulfill desires, you need to jump down from the veranda, and if you managed to survive, the gods will fulfill the desire.

Open: from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket price is 300 yen.

  • by buses 100, 206 to the stop Gojo-zaka or Kiyomizu-michi,
  • walk from Kiyomizu-Gojo station.

Fushimi Inari Temple

Fushimi Inari Temple is located on the side of a mountain and is dedicated to the goddess of fertility, Inari. It is he who is considered the main temple and was born earlier than the city itself. In 711, a building was built in the village of Fushimi, and later the sanctuary was moved here. At the entrance to the temple are figures of foxes. In Japanese mythology, foxes are mythical creatures that can take on the form of humans. The foxes at the temple symbolize the wise messengers of the goddess.

Until now, the Japanese believe that a visit to Fushimi Inari brings success in business

The church is famous for a large number of thorium - a gate with columns. This is due to the fact that, as an offering, Inari does not bring food, but thorium. Today, gates form corridors intertwined and leading to the sanctuary.

Getting there: Metro line JP Nara to the station JR Inari. Free admission around the clock.

Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion)

The Golden Pavilion is the unique and richest temple in Kyoto. Two upper floors are covered with sheets of gold, and a golden phoenix figure is set on top. The temple was built by the Shogun Yoshimitsu, when in 1397 he abdicated and retired from the affairs of the country.The emperor’s intention was to build the embodiment of earthly paradise, where he could spend the last years of his life. After the son of the emperor placed a sanctuary in the building. In its original form, the temple existed until 1950, when one of the monks set fire to the building. Today you can see a fully restored version of the ancient holy place to the smallest detail.

The pavilion offers views of two islands: Zhuravlya Island and Turtle Island

Inside, relics and statues of Buddha are stored, around the garden and Lake Kekati are located.

Open daily from 9.00 to 17.00.
Cost: 400 yen.

  • by buses No. 101, 205,
  • by metro to Kitaoji station.

Ginkaku-ji Silver Pavilion

Ginkaku-ji owes his appearance to the Golden Pavilion. Inspired by such an unusual creation of his predecessor, the shogun Yoshimasa built his temple. The central element of it was the temple of the goddess Kannon, which was covered with silver. The shogun planned to make silver the rest of the temple, but war broke out, and because of the devastation and lack of finance, this idea was not implemented. The construction began as a resting place for the ruler, when he became a monk, the building was given over to the temple.

It is believed that the temple was silver plated, but silver sheets were stolen during the internecine wars.

  • from 8:30 to 17:00 from March to November,
  • from 9:00 to 16:30 from December to February.

Cost: 500 yen.

How to get there: by bus to the stops Ginakudzi mas, Ginakudzi miti.

Nanzenji Temple

The history of the Nanzen-ji Buddhist temple began with the construction of the emperor’s suburban residence in 1264. After 30 years, the building was transferred to a monk, and Nizen-ji became a temple. The complex consists of large and small halls, the main hall and small temples. Around the temple there is a small garden with a pond.

The large and small halls of the temple are listed in the cultural heritage of Japan

  • from 8:40 to 17:00 in the period from March 1 to November 30,
  • from 8:40 to 16:30 in the period from December 1 to February 28.

Cost: 500 yen.

  • by metro line Tozai to Keage station,
  • By bus number 5 to the stop Nanzenji-Eikando-michi,
  • walk from the Philosopher's Trail.

Sahoji temple

This Buddhist temple is also called the moss temple, because its gardens are covered with moss. In total, there are 120 species of mosses that form a continuous carpet. According to some reports, the temple was founded between 710 and 794 by a Buddhist monk. The garden of the temple is two-level. On the lower level there is a garden of mosses and a pond, on the upper - the Japanese landscape of Karenasuy.

Japan’s historically valuable object is kept in Saikhoji: a scroll with a portrait of Muso Kokushi

Cost of visit: 3,000 yen.

Getting there: by bus to the stop Kokedera, Kokedera miti.

To visit Saihoji, you need to send a double postcard with information about how many people and when they want to visit the attraction. In response to the mail comes a coupon with the appointed time.

The palaces in Kyoto are represented by the former imperial residence, castle, as well as villas of emperors and Japanese nobility.

Kyoto Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace was built in the 7th century with the transfer of the capital to Kyoto and served as a residence until the fire of the 19th century. The emperors of Japan were crowned here. The palace was built during the reign of several emperors. The rooms were designed under the ruler Odu Nobunaga, the subsequent emperors expanded the area and carried out restoration of the palace. The building is surrounded by a stone wall, inside of which are laid the gardens of the Imperial Park.

The territory of the whole complex reaches 84 hectares

The entire palace complex includes:

  • main throne room
  • Empress’s hall
  • hall of princes and princesses,
  • the palace of the empress mother
  • Gosyo Small Palace
  • imperial pond.

Free excursions take place in the palace, for which you need to pre-register at the office by providing a passport. The office is open from 8.45. until 12.00 and from 13.00 to 17.00 hours.

How to get there: take the Karasuma metro line to Imadegava, Marutamachi stations.

Nijo-jo Castle

Nijo-jo Castle for 265 years has been the seat of Tokugawa since 1608. The palace was built by the emperor on donations that were required to donate all the feudal lords from western Japan. The structure was not defensive: only high walls and the moat around performed protective functions.

The main function of the new castle was to demonstrate unshakable power in the hands of Tokugawa. The palace was built in a classical style for Japan, at the entrance there are massive gates, and the walls inside are richly decorated with paintings and carvings.

About 400 sakura trees bloom near the castle in spring

Open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The cost of visiting is 600 yen.

Getting there: Take the metro or bus to the Nidzo zoe mae stop.

Imperial Villa Katsura

Villa Katsura stands on one of the banks of the river of the same name. The palace began to be built for the Katsura family in 1615 under Prince Toshihito. Then, garden landscapes were built, which were built according to the Japanese principle of design. The palace complex includes a large living room, tea houses and a garden.

The 6.6 hectare garden ensemble is one of the examples of Japanese landscape art

Admission is free by prior registration.

  • by bus to the Kazura rikyu mae stop,
  • take the metro to the Kazura stop.

Ninomaru Palace

Ninomaru is part of the complex of the imperial palace. The palace is famous for its unique floor. The boards during the construction were installed in such a way that when passing from the entrance to the Great Hall you can hear sounds similar to nightingale singing. From the veranda you can see the landscapes of the Ninomaru Garden, and the internal walls are decorated with carvings depicting animals. The palace is included in the list of National Treasures of Japan.

Inside the temple you can find wax figures telling about the life of the shogun

Kyoto Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden in Kyoto was the first in Japan, it was founded in 1924. The territory of the park with an area of ​​240 thousand square meters is home to 120 thousand species of plants.

In the garden are:

  • annual and perennial flowers,
  • tropical greenhouse
  • natural forest park,
  • a garden of plants collected all over Japan.
After the war, the garden was closed for visits, as the Allied forces used it for timber

Open: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop: Kitayama metro station.

Ryoanji Rock Garden

The Ryoanji Rock Garden was built in 1450. The author is a famous Japanese artist and art critic. The garden itself is a fenced rectangular area, covered with white gravel, the surface of which is slightly wavy. A composition of 15 stones was installed on the site, which can be seen from the veranda of the temple.

It is believed that with long observation of the stones, they have a hypnotic effect.

Ticket price is 500 yen.

The rock garden is open:

  • 8: 00-17: 00 from March to November,
  • 8: 30-16: 30 from December to February.

Getting there: By bus number 50 to the stop Ritsumeikan daigaku-mae.

Maruyama Park

Maruyama Park is located in the east of the city. Once it was the territory of several temples, but to our time, none of them survived. In 1886, an independent park was opened in this place. The main symbol of Maruyama is a large 70-year-old sakura, which is illuminated in the evening with illumination. Here you can also see statues of samurai killed in Kyoto.

Near the park you can visit the Yasaka Shrine

The park is open around the clock. Free admission.

Getting there: by bus to the Gion stop.

Toei Uzumas Eigamura Park

Toei Uzumas Eygamura Park will appeal to movie and Japanese cinema lovers. This is the ownership of the film company Toei, which is both a film set and a place of entertainment. Here are the houses and streets used for filming movies, the red light district and traditional buildings are recreated. Sometimes you can observe the process of filming a movie or try on the image of a samurai and a geisha.

The pavilions of the park still shoot scenes for Japanese dramas and TV shows.

  • from 9:00 to 17:00 from March to November,
  • from 9:30 to 16:30 from December to February.

The cost of visiting is 2,200 yen. Stop: metro stations Azumasa, Hanasono.

In Kyoto there are museums dedicated to the history of the city and the country, artwork and traditional crafts.

National Museum

This is one of the main museums in the country, showing the art of Japan. The main exhibits talk about the period of isolation of Japan. Exhibitions are in the Main and New Exhibition Halls. In total, 12 thousand objects are stored in the museum, half of which can be inspected. Here you can find Chinese and Japanese sutras, a photo archive, and the main attraction is the Scroll of the 12th century hungry ghosts.

According to the original idea, the museum was supposed to store the treasures of temples and shrines

  • Tuesday - Sunday - from 9:30 to 17:00,
  • exhibitions - from 9:30 to 18:00, on Friday - until 20:00,
  • Monday is a day off.

Cost of visit: 520 yen.

Stop: Sikijo, Hankue.

Manga Museum

The Manga Museum is a modern museum of Kyoto. It is dedicated to the heroes of Japanese comics, there are collected 300 thousand thematic books, some of which are translated. Books can not only be touched, but also read, located inside the museum or in the garden.

On weekends, the museum hosts master classes for aspiring artists

Monday - Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00,

The cost of visiting is 800 yen.

Stop: Karasuma Oike.

Table: Other Kyoto Museums

TitleWhat is situated
Umekaji Steam Locomotive MuseumJapanese steam train collection
Riozen History MuseumItems and history of the Bakumatsu and Meiji period
World Peace MuseumArtwork on human rights, violence and health
Saint-oku Hakuko Kan MuseumJapanese mirrors, bronze ware, Chinese Buddha statues
Sake MuseumTypes of sake, the history of sake production and the work of breweries.
Kyoto Museum of Traditional CraftsThe history of traditional industry and crafts of Japan
Costume museumMannequins showing traditional clothes and accessories, clothes of Japanese nobility
Kyoto MuseumExhibits on the history of the city, thematic exhibitions, cinema hall

Bamboo grove

Sagano Bamboo Forest is located in Arashiyama. It was created by landscape designer Muso Soseki in the 14th century, planning to build a park with picturesque views of the hills and mountains. The grove consists of hundreds of bamboo trees that sway in the wind, ringing the bells, along the lined pedestrian paths. Both paths and hedges in the forest are completely made only of bamboo stems.

Getting there: Take the train to Saga-Arashiyama Station.

Bamboo grove is under the protection of Japan as an outstanding attraction

Kamo Embankment

Kamo embankment runs along the river of the same name. Once this was an unpredictable river with bends, which is why it was also called a wild duck. Today the river is straightened and fortified with stones, along it are pedestrian paths on both sides. In spring, here you can see the flowering of sakura trees, whose branches hang directly on the promenade. It is also a popular venue for wedding photo shoots.

In the northern part of the river, you can cross concrete blocks that are laid in the form of turtles.

Ninen Zaka Street

Ninen Zaka Street is surrounded by the main attractions of the city. Not far from it is the Imperial Palace and sanctuaries. A narrow street leads up to the traditional wooden houses of Kyoto, here you can buy the famous ceramics from Kiyomizu-yaki clay and other souvenirs. Next to it is another historic street - Sannen-zaka - "three-year-old hill."

Translated, the name of the street means "two-year hill."

Popular entertainment for tourists in the last decade have been walking around Ninen Zak in geisha costumes

There is a belief: one who falls on Sannen Zak Street will die within the next three years. Therefore, pedestrians here walk slowly and carefully.

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is the oldest in the city. Here you can buy all the products traditional for Japan: from fish to local desserts, as well as household items and souvenirs. There are also Japanese restaurants and cafes.

Stops: Karawamachi, Karasuma.

The market is under the roof and you can walk through it in any weather.

Kyoto Train Station

The building of the station in Kyoto is remarkable already because of its ultramodern appearance: it is almost the only attraction of our time. Its body reaches a height of almost 60 meters, at the top is a roof in the form of two wings of glass and metal. The station is the main in the city, trains, trains, buses and metro trains depart from it.

The small number of walls with a wide roof allows crowds of people not to accumulate at the passage to the trains

When to come to Kyoto

The best time to travel to Kyoto is spring and autumn. The climate in Kyoto is temperate continental, and the city itself is located in a hollow surrounded by mountains. Therefore, winters are quite cold and dry, while in summer, on the contrary, it is very stuffy and hot.

The average temperature in January is about 4 ° C. Snow is rare in Kyoto, but the winds are gusty and cold. There are few tourists at this time, the streets are dry and cold.

In summer, stifling heat is in Kyoto. The average air temperature is about 28 ° C, but it can reach 40 ° C, moreover, because of the rather high humidity in the streets it is stuffy. Walking the streets may not be very comfortable, but inside all the establishments there are air conditioners. In addition, we should not forget about measures of protection against thermal shock.

In the first half of summer, the rainy season begins in Kyoto, and it is better to plan a trip to the middle and end of the season.

The main influx of tourists in Kyoto occurs in the spring and autumn months. The most beautiful spring event in all of Japan is sakura blossom. In autumn, summer greenery is replaced by foliage in beautiful red-orange shades, the air temperature is the most pleasant for travel.

In spring, it is worth visiting the most beautiful sakura blossom places in Kyoto: the Philosopher's Path along the canal of Lake Biwa, Kamo embankment and gardens at Kyoto temples.

Traveling with children

If you come to Kyoto with children, check out Kyoto theme parks. And in Tondai’s house, a tea ceremony is held for children and kimonos are tried on.

In the monkey park you can also feed animals

Table: Kyoto Amusement Parks for Children

Park nameWhat is it
Monkey park iwatayamaPark of tame monkeys where you can chat with animals.
Kyoto AquariumOne of the best aquariums in the world with sharks and other marine animals.
Kyoto Municipal ZooZoo with rare predatory animals, penguins and tropical birds.
Toei Kyoto Studio ParkPark dedicated to cinema and animation. There are attractions, animators and entertainment programs for children.

What time is it in Kyoto

Despite the huge number of cultural and historical sites, tourists may find the city monotonous. Temples and palaces have a similar appearance and type of construction, in addition, their colors are quite bright. An optimal trip is 3-4 days. During this time, you will have time to leisurely explore the main places of the city and get acquainted with Japanese culture.

What to see in 3 or 7 days

If you stopped in Kyoto for a short time, it will be interesting to visit its most famous places and attractions. In three days you will have time to inspect:

  • Kamo embankment
  • bamboo grove
  • Kyomizu Dera Temple,
  • Fushimi Inari Temple,
  • Golden Pavilion
  • moss temple
  • imperial palace.

If you plan to spend a week in the city, visit also other attractions:

  • Iwatayama monkey park,
  • Toei Uzumas Eigamura Park,
  • silver pavilion,
  • Sahoji Temple,
  • Ninnen Zak and Sannen Zak Streets,
  • Nishiki's trading market,
  • imperial villa.

Travel Tips

Traveling to Kyoto is one of the safest: there are almost no thefts and attacks. The only difficulty for tourists can be inscriptions only in Japanese. But many of the inhabitants of Japan speak English, people here are friendly and will always help to find a way or to clarify something.

Japanese-style dinner consists of several small plates with various dishes

What else you need to know about Kyoto:

  • Kyoto is the only place where Damascus steel is still produced. You can bring souvenirs in the form of vases, dishes, samurai swords,
  • using ATMs is better at post offices: many terminals on the city streets do not work with foreign cards,
  • You can move around the city on city buses. Kyoto also has subway lines,
  • You can try Japanese cuisine in cafes and restaurants on the streets of Shirakawa. Traditional Japanese dishes include white hamo fish, tofu, Japanese multi-course kaiseki lunch. It is recommended to try Japanese matcha green tea and Kyoto dessert yatsuhashi.

Should I check into a hotel

If you come to Kyoto for an excursion vacation, you should stay here and stay in one of the hotels. In Kyoto, you can find hotels in both Japanese and European styles. Sights are located not only in the central part of the city, so it will be most convenient to settle near the transport hub of the city, for example, at Kyoto Train Station.

In all five areas of the city you can find attractions

Tourists reviews

If you are planning a trip to Japan not to take a walk in the busy metropolitan areas, but want to enjoy nature and immerse yourself in the history of this country, then you definitely need to visit Kyoto! The city in which the history of Japan is concentrated. The ancient capital.


Japan is an amazing country. One trip will only spark interest and you will definitely come back here again. Surprisingly unlike us culture, the way of life of the Japanese, amazing nature, history and attractions are all, it attracts like a magnet. The ancient capital is Kyoto, a storehouse for the curious tourist. When you go looking for adventure in the morning, you can be sure that new discoveries and experiences are guaranteed.


Everyone knows about Kyoto that there is the Guillon quarter and the geisha, the Golden and Silver pavilions and the "Japanese" gardens. In addition to the above, there are several very beautiful temples there, the Samurai Palace with creaking floors (to hear the approach of the enemy) and a quiet cozy path of philosophers along the canal. But the Golden Pavilion at sunset is a truly unforgettable sight!


In general, I have a rather twofold feeling from Kyoto: a beautiful city, beautiful parks and temples, but watching them a second time is a little boring, although I have a great desire to visit Kyoto 3 times to see Kinkaku-ji in the snow, because there are even photos on postcards I was very impressed.


Video: Kyoto - the cultural capital of Japan

A trip to Kyoto will appeal to those who have not yet been to Japan. This heritage-rich city will introduce its history and ancient Japanese traditions. In spring and autumn, it turns into a blooming place for photo shoots and walks, and pleasant weather and a temperate climate will allow visiting natural parks for adults and children.