Hotels in Kyoto

budget budget
Guesthouse Kyoto Compass
familiary familiary
Guesthouse Hyakumanben Cross
convenient convenient
Sakura Terrace The Gallery
central central
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto-Hachijoguchi
business business
Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto
traditional traditional
Jeugiya
luxury luxury
Bijuu

  • Summer in Kyoto

    Summer in Kyoto

    5-mountains ceremonial bonfire
  • Summer in Kyoto

    Summer in Kyoto

    Gion Festival
  • Summer in Kyoto

    Summer in Kyoto

    Murin-an
  • Summer in Kyoto

    Summer in Kyoto

    Nijo castle
  • Summer in Kyoto

    Summer in Kyoto

    Kyoto National Museum
  • Summer in Kyoto

    Summer in Kyoto

    Kyo-Tsukemono (pickled vegetables of Kyoto style)
  • Summer in Kyoto

    Summer in Kyoto

    Buddhist cuisine

Four Seasons in Kyoto

Higashiyama decoration lanterns

Higashiyama decoration lanterns


When?
03/08 - 03/17 2019

Where?
Yasaka-tori, Ninen-zaka, Sannei-zaka, Nene-no-michi
八坂通、二年坂、産寧坂、ねねの道

Why should you come here?
The Kyoto Higashiyama decoration lanterns are an event that was launched in 2003 with the theme "lighting" to create a new Kyoto style of the 21st century.

Aoi Festival

Aoi Festival


When?
05/15 - 05/15 2019

Where?
Shimogamo shrine, Gamo shrine
上賀茂神社、下鴨神社

Why should you come here?
A 700-meter-long procession in nobility dresses of the Heian period, one of the three largest Kyoto festivals, cruises through the streets of the city. At the top and at the end of the procession, the imperial ambassador gives a solemn speech, the “ceremony of the head of the procession” takes place with dedication of consecrated paper strips, consecrated horses are led around and dancers demonstrate the dance "Azuma game".

5-mountains ceremonial bonfire

5-mountains ceremonial bonfire


When?
08/16 - 08/16 2019

Where?
“Big” character: Kamo river embankment (Maruta-machi big bridge - Misono bridge) , “Myo” character: Kitayama-dori (near Notre Dame girls school) , “Ho” character: Takano river embankment (north of Takano bridge) , “Boat” character: Kitayama-dori (north-west of Kitayama bridge) , Left “Big” character: Nishioji-dori (Saiin - Kinkaku-temple) , “Shrine-Gate” character: Matsuo-bridge and Hirosawa pond
大文字:賀茂川(鴨川)堤防〔丸太町大橋〜御薗橋〕、妙:北山通〔ノートルダム女学院附近〕、法:高野川堤防〔高野橋北〕,船形:北山通〔北山橋から北西〕、左大文字:西大路通〔西院〜金閣寺〕、鳥居形:松尾橋・広沢の池

Why should you come here?
The bon farewell fires of Gozan, which stand out clearly in the summer night sky, together with the Gion Festival are the events that convey a summer feeling of Kyoto. Of these farewell fires, the “Big” character of Mt. Nyoigatake in Higashiyama is the best known, but there are also near the Kinkaku temple the left “Big” character of Mt. Ohkita (Daimonji Mountain), the “Myoho” characters (Buddha’s teachings) of Matsugasaki-Nishiyama Mountain (Votive Lantern Mountain) and Higashiyama Mountain (God of Wealth Mountain), the Nishi-Gamofuneyama “Ship” character and the “Shrine Gate” character of the Kami-Saga Senno temple mountain (Votive Lantern Mountain and Mandala Mountain). These are lit one after the other during the night of August 16. This is called Kyoto Gozan ceremonial bonfire.

Gion Festival

Gion Festival


When?
07/01 - 07/31 2019

Where?
Yasaka shrine, Shijo Otabisho (site of the portable shrine in Shijo)
八坂神社・四条御旅所

Why should you come here?
The Gion Festival is a religious festival of Yasaka shrine and, together with the Tenjin Festival in Osaka and the Kanda Festival in Tokyo, is considered one of the top three festivals in Japan. Its long history, the grandiosity and the fact that the rituals drag on for over a month make it widely known as a big festival.

Jidai Festival (Era festival)

Jidai Festival (Era festival)


When?
10/26 - 10/26 2019

Where?
Imperial Palace of Kyoto in front of the Kenrei-gate, Sakai-machi gate, Karasuma Maruta-cho, Karasuma Goike, Kawaramachi Goike, Kawaramachi Sanjo, Sanjo big bridge, Sanjo Jingudo (shrine-road), Heian-shrine
京都御所建礼門前、堺町御門、烏丸丸太町、烏丸御池、河原町御池、河原町三条、三条大橋、三条神宮道、平安神宮

Why should you come here?
This Era festival, along with the Aoi Festival and Gion Festival, is known as one of Kyoto's top three festivals. From Japan and abroad, more and more spectators are present and along the streets you can feel international flair. Mountain troops play on flutes and the sound of taiko drums is at the beginning of the train, which stretches over 2 kilometres in length. In order, from Enryaku Time (782-806), you can see the costumes used in Heian-kyo and expand your knowledge of the history of Kyoto.

Kurama fire festival

Kurama fire festival


When?
10/22 - 10/22 2019

Where?
Yuki shrine
由岐神社

Why should you come here?
One of the three most unusual festivals in Kyoto. It is said that it tells the present the circumstances when, in the late Heian period, the shrine god came from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the village of Kurama.

Togetsu bridge

Togetsu bridge


Best season?
03/11 - 04/20

Where?
Togetsu bridge
渡月橋

Kifune shrine

Kifune shrine


Best season?
throughout the year

Top spot for romance?
Kifune shrine
貴船神社

Why should you come here?
As popular god of marriage, this shrine is visited by many couples.

Murin-an

Murin-an


Best season?
throughout the year

Top spot for romance?
Murin-an
無鄰菴

Why should you come here?
This villa was completed in 1896 by Aritomo Yamagata, the adviser to Emperor Meiji and Emperor Taisho. The garden (scenic spot) was designed by Jihei Ogawa. The garden including the Higashiyama landscape is representative of the Meiji period. The western house, known since 1992 by the Murin-an-assembly, is also open to the public. Currently owned by the city of Kyoto. Into the garden leads a water drainage, there is a three-stage waterfall, pond and lawn and the garden is created with a circular path around the pond.

Nijo castle

Nijo castle


Year built?
1603Castle or castle ruins?
Castle

Kyoto National Museum

Kyoto National Museum


To the museum?
527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-Ku
東山区茶屋町527

Why should you come here?
In 2014, the new building "Heisei Chishinkan" of the Kyoto National Museum was opened. The main building "Meiji-Kotokan" made of red clay bricks, built in the Meiji period and the new building "Heisei Chishinkan" are buildings of completely different style and the buildings and the garden suit various exhibitions and events.

Kyo-Tsukemono (pickled vegetables of Kyoto style)

Kyo-Tsukemono (pickled vegetables of Kyoto style)

Buddhist cuisine

Buddhist cuisine

  • Higashiyama decoration lanterns
  • Aoi Festival
  • 5-mountains ceremonial bonfire
  • Gion Festival
  • Jidai Festival (Era festival)
  • Kurama fire festival
  • Togetsu bridge
  • Kifune shrine
  • Murin-an
  • Nijo castle
  • Kyoto National Museum
  • Kyo-Tsukemono (pickled vegetables of Kyoto style)
  • Buddhist cuisine
  • Higashiyama decoration lanterns


    When?
    03/08 - 03/17 2019

    Where?
    Yasaka-tori, Ninen-zaka, Sannei-zaka, Nene-no-michi
    八坂通、二年坂、産寧坂、ねねの道

    Why should you come here?
    The Kyoto Higashiyama decoration lanterns are an event that was launched in 2003 with the theme "lighting" to create a new Kyoto style of the 21st century.

  • Aoi Festival


    When?
    05/15 - 05/15 2019

    Where?
    Shimogamo shrine, Gamo shrine
    上賀茂神社、下鴨神社

    Why should you come here?
    A 700-meter-long procession in nobility dresses of the Heian period, one of the three largest Kyoto festivals, cruises through the streets of the city. At the top and at the end of the procession, the imperial ambassador gives a solemn speech, the “ceremony of the head of the procession” takes place with dedication of consecrated paper strips, consecrated horses are led around and dancers demonstrate the dance "Azuma game".

  • 5-mountains ceremonial bonfire


    When?
    08/16 - 08/16 2019

    Where?
    “Big” character: Kamo river embankment (Maruta-machi big bridge - Misono bridge) , “Myo” character: Kitayama-dori (near Notre Dame girls school) , “Ho” character: Takano river embankment (north of Takano bridge) , “Boat” character: Kitayama-dori (north-west of Kitayama bridge) , Left “Big” character: Nishioji-dori (Saiin - Kinkaku-temple) , “Shrine-Gate” character: Matsuo-bridge and Hirosawa pond
    大文字:賀茂川(鴨川)堤防〔丸太町大橋〜御薗橋〕、妙:北山通〔ノートルダム女学院附近〕、法:高野川堤防〔高野橋北〕,船形:北山通〔北山橋から北西〕、左大文字:西大路通〔西院〜金閣寺〕、鳥居形:松尾橋・広沢の池

    Why should you come here?
    The bon farewell fires of Gozan, which stand out clearly in the summer night sky, together with the Gion Festival are the events that convey a summer feeling of Kyoto. Of these farewell fires, the “Big” character of Mt. Nyoigatake in Higashiyama is the best known, but there are also near the Kinkaku temple the left “Big” character of Mt. Ohkita (Daimonji Mountain), the “Myoho” characters (Buddha’s teachings) of Matsugasaki-Nishiyama Mountain (Votive Lantern Mountain) and Higashiyama Mountain (God of Wealth Mountain), the Nishi-Gamofuneyama “Ship” character and the “Shrine Gate” character of the Kami-Saga Senno temple mountain (Votive Lantern Mountain and Mandala Mountain). These are lit one after the other during the night of August 16. This is called Kyoto Gozan ceremonial bonfire.

  • Gion Festival


    When?
    07/01 - 07/31 2019

    Where?
    Yasaka shrine, Shijo Otabisho (site of the portable shrine in Shijo)
    八坂神社・四条御旅所

    Why should you come here?
    The Gion Festival is a religious festival of Yasaka shrine and, together with the Tenjin Festival in Osaka and the Kanda Festival in Tokyo, is considered one of the top three festivals in Japan. Its long history, the grandiosity and the fact that the rituals drag on for over a month make it widely known as a big festival.

  • Jidai Festival (Era festival)


    When?
    10/26 - 10/26 2019

    Where?
    Imperial Palace of Kyoto in front of the Kenrei-gate, Sakai-machi gate, Karasuma Maruta-cho, Karasuma Goike, Kawaramachi Goike, Kawaramachi Sanjo, Sanjo big bridge, Sanjo Jingudo (shrine-road), Heian-shrine
    京都御所建礼門前、堺町御門、烏丸丸太町、烏丸御池、河原町御池、河原町三条、三条大橋、三条神宮道、平安神宮

    Why should you come here?
    This Era festival, along with the Aoi Festival and Gion Festival, is known as one of Kyoto's top three festivals. From Japan and abroad, more and more spectators are present and along the streets you can feel international flair. Mountain troops play on flutes and the sound of taiko drums is at the beginning of the train, which stretches over 2 kilometres in length. In order, from Enryaku Time (782-806), you can see the costumes used in Heian-kyo and expand your knowledge of the history of Kyoto.

  • Kurama fire festival


    When?
    10/22 - 10/22 2019

    Where?
    Yuki shrine
    由岐神社

    Why should you come here?
    One of the three most unusual festivals in Kyoto. It is said that it tells the present the circumstances when, in the late Heian period, the shrine god came from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to the village of Kurama.

  • Togetsu bridge


    Best season?
    03/11 - 04/20

    Where?
    Togetsu bridge
    渡月橋

  • Kifune shrine


    Best season?
    throughout the year

    Top spot for romance?
    Kifune shrine
    貴船神社

    Why should you come here?
    As popular god of marriage, this shrine is visited by many couples.

  • Murin-an


    Best season?
    throughout the year

    Top spot for romance?
    Murin-an
    無鄰菴

    Why should you come here?
    This villa was completed in 1896 by Aritomo Yamagata, the adviser to Emperor Meiji and Emperor Taisho. The garden (scenic spot) was designed by Jihei Ogawa. The garden including the Higashiyama landscape is representative of the Meiji period. The western house, known since 1992 by the Murin-an-assembly, is also open to the public. Currently owned by the city of Kyoto. Into the garden leads a water drainage, there is a three-stage waterfall, pond and lawn and the garden is created with a circular path around the pond.

  • Nijo castle


    Year built?
    1603Castle or castle ruins?
    Castle

  • Kyoto National Museum


    To the museum?
    527 Chayamachi, Higashiyama-Ku
    東山区茶屋町527

    Why should you come here?
    In 2014, the new building "Heisei Chishinkan" of the Kyoto National Museum was opened. The main building "Meiji-Kotokan" made of red clay bricks, built in the Meiji period and the new building "Heisei Chishinkan" are buildings of completely different style and the buildings and the garden suit various exhibitions and events.

  • Kyo-Tsukemono (pickled vegetables of Kyoto style)

  • Buddhist cuisine

  • Higashiyama decoration lanterns
  • Aoi Festival
  • 5-mountains ceremonial bonfire
  • Gion Festival
  • Jidai Festival (Era festival)
  • Kurama fire festival
  • Togetsu bridge
  • Kifune shrine
  • Murin-an
  • Nijo castle
  • Kyoto National Museum
  • Kyo-Tsukemono (pickled vegetables of Kyoto style)
  • Buddhist cuisine

We introduce to you other exciting destinations in Kyoto

Kyoto in Spring

Kyoto Fine Arts Fireworks

How many?
13.000 rockets

Where?
Kyoto Racecourse
京都競馬場

Why should you come here?
About 13,000 fireworks, including about 30 of the mighty 'shaku balls', characterize the night sky of the Kyoto racecourse. The artistic fireworks are synchronized with a staging and music.

Kyoto in Winter

Arashiyama decoration lanterns

Where?
Arashiyama
嵐山

Why should you come here?
The cityscape and historical heritage, starting with the temples and shrines representative for Kyoto, are the stage for the lighting of Japanese garden lanterns with all their nuances of Japanese mind and make you want to stroll on the paths, even more than in the time of cherry blossoms.

Flowers and Foliage in Kyoto

Plum flower

Best season?
02/11 - 03/20.

Where?
Kitano Tenmangu
北野天満宮

Lotus flower

Best season?
06/21 - 08/10.

Where?
Mimuroto temple
三室戸寺

Autumn colours

Best season?
11/11 - 11/30.

Where?
Tofuku temple
東福寺

Japanese iris

Best season?
06/01 - 06/30.

Where?
Heian shrine
平安神宮

Red spider lily

Best season?
09/21 - 10/10.

Where?
Ohara-no-Sato
大原の里

Experience yourself!

Tea ceremony

Where?
Wakwak-Kann
わくわく館

What you can experience here?
You will be told the story of the tea ceremony, the tea types and correct behaviour. You can participate the process of making tea for you and experience the feeling of Japanese "omotenashi". Depending on the number of participants, a suitable place will be reserved. Time required is about 1 hour. The hands-on experience can be attended by at most 100 people at a time.

Ikebana (Flower arrangement)

Where?
Ami Kyoto
Ami Kyoto

What you can experience here?
After learning the story of Ikebana and the Japanese understanding of nature that is reflected in Ikebana, you can arrange flowers with having fun. Time required is about 90 minutes.

Kyoto Kimono-rental

Where?
Yumeyakata
夢館-ゆめやかた-

What you can experience here?
A shop for Kyoto kimono-rental. Foreign employees are on site (English, Chinese, Korean). Long sleeved kimono and yukata (in summer) as well as children's kimono is also available. Dressing the kimono with hairstyle adjustment takes about 1 hour.

Calligraphy

Where?
Kyogokoro
京ごころ

What you can experience here?
Here you will learn the the principles of calligraphy and basic rules of how the brush is used. You can understand the meaning of the characters you write and learn about the soul and culture of the Japanese. Time required is about 1 hour.

Discover!

Fushimi Inari shrine

Best travel period?
throughout the year

Where?
Fushimi Inari shrine
伏見稲荷大社

Kiyomizu temple

Best travel period?
throughout the year

Where?
Kiyomizu temple
清水寺

Kinkaku temple

Best travel period?
throughout the year

Where?
Kinkaku temple
金閣寺

Historic. Old. Special. History!

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art

To the museum?
124 Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-Ku
左京区岡崎円勝寺町124

Why should you come here?
With possession of modern images of Japanese and Western styles, sculptures, handicrafts, writings and woodcuts etc. with a focus on Kyoto after the Meiji period, in addition to the display of exhibits on varied topics, the Museum cooperates with external institutions and joint events with foreign exhibits are held as temporary exhibitions.

Mt. Zuio Taihoon temple

Construction year of the oldest building in Kyoto?
1227

Delicious, delicious!

Kyoto Ramen

Shopping!

Kyo-Kashi (Kyoto-style sweets)

Souvenir?
Kyo-Kashi (Kyoto-style sweets)

Traditional crafts

Souvenir?
Traditional crafts

Know more!

Kyoto (Kyoto) is a metropolis and prefecture capital within Kyoto prefecture in the Kinki region.The city is quickly accessible by the Shinkansen. You can easily reach the suburbs of Kyoto by local rail services in 128 stations.

Visit the Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau website for more information about your visit to this beautiful city: Kyoto Convention & Visitors Bureau


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