Kyoto

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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

UNIZO INN Kyoto Kawaramachi Shijo
UNIZO INN Kyoto Kawaramachi Shijo
3 out of 5
The price is S$41 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is steps away from Kiyamachi Street, Kawaramachi and Pontocho. Nishiki Market and Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (873 reviews)
Stay for location
"Comfort and big space room, location is excellent to go everywhere in Shijo, clean."

Reviewed on 28 Jun,2021

UNIZO INN Kyoto Kawaramachi Shijo
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5
The price is S$178 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Costume Museum are ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (1,070 reviews)
"I picked this hotel last minute due to Covid but we really enjoyed our stay. It is right outside the Kyoto train station so getting around was super easy and there are so many places to shop and eat. The only downside was the hotel is not a good fit if you are traveling with young children. The pool ..."

Reviewed on 10 Apr,2021

Hotel Granvia 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 S$122 per night from 3 Oct to 3 Oct
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! (2,182 reviews)
"Great staff, made us feel at home during our stay. Very helpful with impeccable service."

Reviewed on 2 Jun,2021

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
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.
Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
3.5 out of 5
The price is S$120 per night from 28 Sep to 28 Sep
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Minami, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Taikoan and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre. Kaikoji Temple and Kyoto Tower are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (131 reviews)
"Beautiful, clean and comfy accommodation! We loved it!"

Reviewed on 27 Jul,2020

Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites
nol kyoto sanjo
nol kyoto sanjo
3 out of 5
The price is S$211 per night from 27 Oct to 27 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nishiki Market, Kawaramachi and Kyoto International Manga Museum. Pontocho and Shijo ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"食器などもありホテルでの食事もできて良かったが、レンジもオーブンレンジのため使いやすくよかった。"

Reviewed on 1 Sep,2021

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MIMARU KYOTO STATION
MIMARU KYOTO STATION
2.5 out of 5
The price is S$220 per night from 4 Oct to 4 Oct
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Central Kyoto, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto Tower, Kyoto Aquarium and Kyoto Railway Museum. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"Next to kyoto station. Very convenient."

Reviewed on 5 Feb,2020

MIMARU KYOTO STATION
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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