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Discover what to do, see, and eat;
and more about getting the most out of your experience in the City of Kyoto!

[PR] Enjoy Tea in Kyoto with Kids!

You may have found yourself wondering, “What should families with kids do when they come to Kyoto?” Kyoto with Kids: Family Tours are organized by local Kyoto moms who have been raising their kids here and know the area well. Who better to ask about the perfect plan for a family trip to Kyoto?

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Insider Tips for a Respectful Visit to Kyoto

Before your visit, be sure to take note of some of these local rules in Kyoto, to help preserve and respect this ancient city as you enjoy your time here.

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Cherry-Picked Sakura Spots on the Edges of Kyoto

Kyoto is home to a host of famous sakura-viewing spots, though not all of them are in the city proper. If you're willing to stretch your legs a little and venture into the surrounding hills and suburbs, you'll be rewarded with some decidedly less-crowded spots.

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[PR] When you stay in Kyoto, do more than just stay

You need to spend the night somewhere when you’re traveling, so you might as well stay somewhere with incredible experiences.

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Ultimate Indulgence Expeditions (Part 3: Sample Itinerary)

From sumptuous meals and restorative retreats, this 6-day, 7-night itinerary takes guests on a daily gastronomic and wellness adventure. Every day features unforgettable stops at some of Kyoto’s finest dining destinations and luxury spas.

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Ultimate Indulgence Expeditions (Part 1: Wellness)

The same traditions reverently observed across centuries – from meticulous gardens to therapeutic baths – that have made Kyoto a bottomless well of cultural pursuits are also what make it an ideal destination for luxurious and stylish self-care. Here’s a sampling of how to soak up all the wellness possibilities the city has to offer.

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Ultimate Indulgence Expeditions (Part 2: Gastronomy)

Kyoto, where a long and incredibly rich culinary tradition has reached a level of refinement seldom found elsewhere, belongs to a rarefied list of cities with the most number of Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.

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What's so Great About Kyoto Anyway? We Asked a Touring Brit What He Loves About the Area

Kyoto is certainly a popular destination for many international tourists, and even the Japanese have a deep admiration for Kyoto. However, one must wonder how do visitors really feel about the city?

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How to Visit the Main Attractions in Kyoto in Three Days with Kansai Area Pass

With the newly released Kansai Area Pass and this recommended itinerary, you can visit the main attractions in Kyoto in just three days.

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Four Shopping Gems in Kyoto

Beginning October 1st, 2019, Japan has increased its consumption tax rate from 8% to 10%. But the good news is that tourists can still enjoy a policy of tax-free shopping which is not affected by the consumption tax hike.

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[PR] Enjoy Kyoto with Kids

Since you’ve traveled all this way, you want everyone to get the most out of their trip! Kyoto with Kids Club can help both parents and children to do just that.

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Experience Time Travel at Jidai Matsuri (Festival of Ages)

Every year in October, a unique portal to travel back in time opens in Kyoto. Known as Jidai Matsuri, or the Festival of Ages, this event is one of Kyoto’s biggest festivals.

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Head to Kyoto for an Artsy Early Autumn

This fall, Kyoto will be overflowing with exciting art exhibitions. With exhibitions of artworks that include designated National Treasures, and those with fascinating themes, you’ll have many opportunities to come into contact with Kyoto’s rich artistic traditions.

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The Bamboo Forest of Nishikyo-ku

Early summertime in Kyoto is when the locals like to stretch their legs, go on hikes, and enjoy a picnic on the outskirts of the city. Another way of getting close to nature as the weather becomes gradually warmer is "forest bathing" in the verdant bamboo groves of Nishikyo-ku.

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Fushimi: A Town Just Waiting for You to Stroll Through It with Someone

Take a detour from the tourist-jammed streets of the city, and come experience the leisurely-paced lifestyle of Fushimi locals. For starters, here's a half-day stroll that will take you to another side of Kyoto. The only question remains: who will you walk it with?

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Young Stewards of Kyoto’s Ryokan: Momoka Matsui

Staying at a traditional ryokan inn is an amazing experience, and there’s no better place to spend the night in one than in the historic city of Kyoto! Take a look at Kyoto through the eyes of Momoka Matsui, the young keeper of a ryokan.

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Young Stewards of Kyoto’s Ryokan: Noriko Mabuchi

Take a look at Kyoto through the eyes of Noriko Mabuchi, the young keeper of Nenrinbo Ryokan, a traditional Kyoto inn and artist’s getaway in nature.

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Young Stewards of Kyoto’s Ryokan: Masayo Ono

Kyoto’s ryokans offer age-old Kyoto hospitality even as they adapt to new needs, just like Kyoto itself. Take a look at Kyoto through the eyes of Masayo Ono, the young keeper of Watazen Ryokan.

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6 Hidden Spots to Visit in the Saga Arashiyama Area

There’s much more to Arashiyama than the Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park. Come discover its hidden spots!

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A Night of Luxury & Culture with Kyoto’s Geiko & Maiko

Spend the perfect evening immersing yourself in Kyoto’s living cultural traditions. Discover the hidden world of Kyoto’s maiko and geiko!

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The Best Photo Spots in Kyoto You’ve Never Heard Of

You’re going to want to visit Kyoto with a camera. Find some of the best hidden locations to take your most beautiful photos!

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What You Should Wear to Kyoto for Every Season and Event!

Kyoto has four distinct seasons, each with very different conditions. Preparing the right clothes for each season is crucial before you head out on your trip!

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Kyoto Nightlife: Local Bars and Nighttime Strolls to Enjoy!

Kyoto is full of bars and izakaya to enjoy some of Japan’s most delicious drinks and dining. But what Japanese foods go with what drinks? Is there beer at izakaya? Armed with a bit of local knowledge, you’ll be able to enjoy your meals even more. Where will you go for drinks tonight?

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Start Your Morning with a Kyoto Breakfast: Kyoto Cafés and more!

Wondering what your options are for breakfast? Start your day Kyoto-style with a breakfast of rice and miso soup in a machiya (a traditional Kyoto-style home), a meal in an old café, or head out to discover your own Japanese-style breakfast treat!

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Things to Do in the Fushimi Area

You’ve heard of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine and its magnificent one thousand vermillion gates, but Fushimi Ward has quite a few more hidden gems. Taste local sake and tour tree-lined canals!

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Muslim Friendly Sightseeing Around Kyoto

See suggestions for Muslim travelers to Kyoto, from castles with prayer spaces, to Halal restaurants, and even try making your own Halal ramen!

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Best Times to See Cherry Blossoms in Kyoto

See Kyoto’s famous cherry blossoms at their best! Cherry blossom season is coming up, and Kyoto is full of spectacular locations to see them. See peak bloom times from last year to discover when to head out this year!

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The World of Japanese Painting with Ayuko Sadaie

What makes Japanese paintings unique? Find out with painter Ayuko Sadaie, the face of the 2019 “Winter Kyoto Travels Campaign.”

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The Kyoto Imperial Palace Neighborhood Tour

Learn about some of Kyoto’s traditional crafts on a guided tour that will give you a deeper understanding of the streets of Kyoto, and take you into the workshops of the craftsmen themselves.

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The Kyoto Community Exploration Tour

Get to know the Kyoto of the people who live here, with a guided tour of a Kyoto neighborhood. Learn about local traditions, and enjoy Japanese everyday life.

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The Nijo-jo Castle English Guided Tour

Dive into the history and secrets behind Nijo-jo Castle in this guided tour, and gain access to hidden parts of the castle.

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Cycling in Kyoto & Rental Bicycles

Kyoto is a very bike-friendly city: find out more about exploring by bicycle, and renting a bike!

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Get the Most out of your Subway + Bus Pass: One Day of Sightseeing in Kyoto!

Need some ideas for what to do for a day in Kyoto with a pass for unlimited rides on the buses and subway? See how to beat the crowds and see some of the city's incredible sights.

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An Adventure for the Entire Family: The Kyoto City Zoo

The Kyoto City Zoo, not far from Heian-jingu Shrine, is home to wildlife from around the world and from around Kyoto. Learn about this fantastic facility and consider adding it to your Kyoto itinerary!

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Kyoto Fall Foliage Calendar 2018

See up-to-date information on the color of the fall leaves at temples and shrines across Kyoto before you head out to view the foliage yourself!

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Special Autumn Temple Openings in Kyoto, 2018

If you’re not sure where to go this autumn, see this list for some unique autumn events at Kyoto’s temples and historical buildings.

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Eating Vegan & Vegetarian in Kyoto

Find the best of Kyoto's vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafés, from trendy lunch spots by the river, to traditional Buddhist fare you can enjoy at historical temples!

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Getting Around in Kyoto: Kyoto Subway, Buses, and Sightseeing Passes!

Find out how to navigate Kyoto after you’ve arrived at Kyoto Station, and how to make use of the city’s various sightseeing passes! Save money with combined subway and bus passes.

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Kyoto Souvenirs You Can't Leave Without!

Take a piece of Kyoto home with you. See our list of the best authentic Kyoto souvenirs, popular with visitors and locals alike!

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Weather in Kyoto: When Is the Best Time to Visit?

Japan is known for its distinct seasonal conditions, and Kyoto’s climate can be particularly extreme. Find out the best time to visit Kyoto, and what the weather will be like in Kyoto during your visit!

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