Plan your visit

Kyoto -- the heart of Japan and a city with over a millennium of history. The best way to discover the “real Japan” is to include Kyoto on your itinerary. The tea ceremony, flower arrangement, kimonos, and Maiko ? can all be found in the cultural center of Kyoto. And, in the midst of this ancient culture is a thriving city, home to cutting edge industries and upscale shopping. Come experience the hospitality, mystique, culture, bustle, and serenity that make Kyoto Japan’s foremost travel destination. Kyoto - welcome to Japan. This page is a collection of useful information for planning a trip to Kyoto. We hope your trip to Kyoto will be filled with fantastic memories.

Seasonal courses

Kyoto is so full of temples, shrines, gardens, and castles that it can be difficult to know where to begin exploring. We recommend you choose an area that interests you the most and allow yourself enough time to enjoy it without rushing. To help you with your planning, we will guide you through the creation of itineraries by theme and area. This page introduces sightseeing courses for enjoying the beautiful changes of seasons in Kyoto.

Courses in all directions

In Kyoto, there is more to see than just Kyoto Station and Kyoto gosho (residence for former emperors). This section introduces major courses for visiting Kinkaku-ji Temple (Golden Pavilion) and Arashiyama, as well as courses of covering the Uji region, which is famous for its teas, and the Ohara region, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. The Kyoto area far and wide has many places to enjoy.
The following map displays the City of Kyoto and neighboring areas. Please click on the colored square to display the corresponding area name.

Experiences & Tours

There are many places where once can enjoy authentic Japanese cultural experiences in Kyoto. Please enjoy experiencing the traditional culture of Japan in the many traditional temples and sites which can be found only in Kyoto.

Event Schedule

Kyoto is full of cultural, artistic, and nature related events throughout the year.
Please enjoy the various events and seasons of Kyoto.


After a day of sightseeing, you’ll want someplace comfortable and convenient to rest. Fortunately, accommodations to meet all tastes are available in Kyoto. You can feast on expertly prepared meals while relaxing in tatami-floored rooms in ryokan (Japanese style inn) and shukubo (temple lodging). Those who prefer something more familiar will be pleased at Kyoto’s range of western-style hotels, while so-called “weekly mansion” apartments are an affordable way to lodge for those planning on staying in Japan for a bit longer. No matter where you decide to stay, it’s best to make reservations well in advance, particularly when crowds pour into the city to admire the beauty of the blooming cherry blossoms of early spring and the crimson-red maple leaves of autumn.