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Kyoto, the old capital, is a city with an ancient townscape and deeply ingrained customs. It's a place where you can experience traditional culture the most in Japan, so it's also popular with Japanese people. During cherry blossom season and in autumn when the leaves turn color are when the city is especially full of people. There are plenty of scenic places to visit such as the World Heritage Sites of Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and Nijo-jo Castle; Fushimi Inari Taisha, famous for its row of red torii gates and chosen as the top destination for foreign tourists 3 years in a row; Ryoanji, known for its rock garden; Arashiyama, a lush area complete with a beautiful bamboo forest; Gion, the neighborhood where geisha and apprentice geisha named maiko work; as well as plenty of shrines, temples, and other scenic spots. For meals, Kyoto is famous for beautiful kaiseki course cuisine and obanzai homestyle side dishes made with tofu and Kyoto vegetables. You can enjoy them with regional sake in restaurants that retain their ancient facades or the summer tradition called kawadoko, in which you eat on a terrace over a river. If you want to experience Japanese culture even further, you can dress up as an apprentice geisha, learn to make Japanese sweets called wagashi, or visit during festivals like the Aoi Matsuri, Gion Matsuri, or the Jidai Matsuri. You can also enjoy buying traditional products and Japanese accessories like folding fans, kanzashi hair accessories, or matcha sweets.


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  2. 4 Ryokan in Kyoto with Private Baths that are Perfect for Couples and Families

  3. 6 Elegant Kyoto souvenirs that even Japanese rush to buy

  4. 5 Tea Specialty Stores in Kyoto to Buy Delicious Tea as Souvenirs

  5. 5 Kyoto Pancake Shops You’ll Want to Try Even After a Wait

  6. Top 10 Matcha Green Tea Desserts to Enjoy in Kyoto

  7. Top 5 Kimono/Yukata Rental Shops in Kyoto

  8. 5 Recommended Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurants in Kyoto

  9. Top 7 Recommended Restaurant in Kyoto Station

  10. 5 Must-buy Matcha Confectionaries from Kyoto


  1. Day 1

    Travel Guide for a Two-Day Trip to Kyoto During Cherry Blossom Season


  2. The Beautiful 1.4 km Cherry Blossom Tunnel in Sewaritei, Yodogawa Riverside Park

    【Kyoto】 Fantastic Views of Cherry Blossoms Discovered by Photographers That Will Bring You to Tears (2)


  3. Philosopher's Walk - Just as Beautiful When the Blossoms Fall

    【Kyoto】 Fantastic Views of Cherry Blossoms Discovered by Photographers That Will Bring You to Tears



  1. 1. Matsudaya (Gion-shijo Station)

    【2018 Edition】10 Recommended Sushi Shops to Try in Kyoto



    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  2. 1. Nidaime Gozan (Chushojima Station)

    【2018 Edition】Top 10 Must-Visit Famous Ramen Joints in Kyoto


    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  3. 1. Torisei Honten

    5 Recommended Izakaya Serving Delicious Yakitori in Kyoto


    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.


  1. 1. Incense from Shoyeido

    【2018 Edition】10 Recommended Souvenirs in Kyoto



  2. 1. Honke Yatsuhashi Kinkakujimae Shop

    Can’t Decide? Top 5 Souvenir Shops Around Kyoto’s Kinkaku-ji


  3. Koicha Stuffed Into the Fine Chiffon Cake and Cream!

    【Kyoto】Matcha-Filled Roll Cake Debuts at Malebranche



  1. 1. Kyoto Nijo Ohan

    5 Accommodations with Great Reviews Around the Popular Kyoto Sightseeing Spot of Nijo Castle




  2. 1. Kiyomizu Sannenzaka – Guest House in Kyoto

    5 Accommodations Around Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera temple with Great Customer Reviews



  3. 1. Hotel Granvia Kyoto

    For Accommodations, Stay in These Spots! Top 10 Hotels Around Kyoto Station – 2018 Edition



Kyoto×Tips & Manners

  1. Oideyasu

    Traveling Will Be More Fun If You Know These! Japanese Phrase Edition 【Kyoto Dialect Edition】


  2. What is Nijo Castle?

    One of Kyoto’s Most Famous Sightseeing Spots! Trivia on the Former Imperial Residence, Nijo Castle


  3. Overview of Kyo Ryori

    What is Kyo Ryori, Commonly Seen in Kyoto?



  1. What is Kabuki Calligraphy? How to write your name in kanji

  2. Visit “Fushimi Inari-Taisha” with a local specialist

  3. Create your own masterpiece! Learn about traditional Japanese art Ikebana (flower arranging)

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