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KyotoJapan

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 autumn, 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 100 metres (330 feet) 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

Top hotels in Kyoto

Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$103 per night from 13 Dec to 14 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,324 reviews)

"Good location just 5 minutes from Kyoto station. As a Gold member of Expedia, we received a really nice upgrade of room and free executive lounge perks. Of course the staff were accommodating and the hotel was spotless too. Would love to stay here again next time we're in Kyoto."…"

Reviewed on 24 Sep,2020

Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is SG$135 per night from 9 Dec to 10 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Nishiki Market are also within 2 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (2,792 reviews)

"Close to train station, shuttle to train station, clean all throughout"…"

Reviewed on 16 Oct,2020

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
The OneFive Kyoto Shijo
The OneFive Kyoto Shijo
3 out of 5
The price is SG$28 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mibu-dera, Shinsenen and Nijō Castle. Nishihonganji Temple and Kyoto International Manga Museum ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (257 reviews)

"Excellent condition, spacious room for a business/tourist hotel, peaceful. Expedia's strict cancellation/change rules almost forced my colleagues to pay for 10 nights even the business meeting schedule had changed for shorter two stays. Luckily the hotel was flexible and accepted the change against ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov,2020

The OneFive Kyoto Shijo
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.

Holiday Rentals in Kyoto

MIMARU KYOTO SHINMACHI SANJO
MIMARU KYOTO SHINMACHI SANJO
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$170 per night from 24 Dec to 25 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mikane Shrine, Nishiki Market and Shijo Omiya. Nijō Castle and Kawaramachi are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (241 reviews)

"This property was so well designed and built and we really loved staying here with our family of 5. From the sliding doors that cover the windows and the kitchenette to the toys and play area in the lobby for our kids, we will absolutely be staying at Mimaru properties any time we can. My kids loved ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov,2020

MIMARU KYOTO SHINMACHI SANJO
Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$158 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Minami, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower and Sanjusangendo Temple. Fushimi Inari Shrine and Kawaramachi are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)

"Beautiful, clean and comfy accommodation! We loved it!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul,2020

Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
RESI STAY Kumico Amaterrace
RESI STAY Kumico Amaterrace
3 out of 5
The price is SG$154 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in Central Kyoto, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Nijō Castle, Kyoto Tower and Gion Corner. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (268 reviews)

"All good. The gentleman who took us to the hotel by shuttle bus from the reservation office was so friendly and helpful. I would recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jan,2020

RESI STAY Kumico Amaterrace
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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Reviews of Kyoto

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Verified traveller

1 Apr 2020

Third time visiting Kyoto. Will definitely be back again

5/5 - Excellent

Di

21 Mar 2020

A fantastic place to visit. So much history and the temples are just awesome. Recommend a day tour if visiting for a short time but I am looking forward to exploring on my own and spending more time at some sites next time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Feb 2020

Kyoto has the best of both worlds...modern and traditional. Close to Osaka,Nara. Easy to get around.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Feb 2020

Nice city and nice people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Jan 2020

Everything that Tokyo is missing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Jan 2020

Plan carefully as many places seemed to be under restoration. Also, it was considerably mor crowded with ( mainly mainland Chinese) tourists than our last visit