Kyoto was formerly the home of the Japanese emperor and recognized as the Imperial capital. While times have changed, it is still home to a number of historic spots that are frozen in time such as temples, gardens, and palaces. Experiencing Japan is not complete without a going to Kyoto. We’ve put together our complete Kyoto City Travel Guide to ensure you have an unforgettable trip to this timeless city.
- Ramen: Ramen Sen No Kaze
- Fresh Seafood: Nishiki Market
- Dining area: Pontoncho Alley
- Eel: Kyōgoku Kane-yo
- Soba: Honke Owariya
- Nijo Castle – Former shogun residence.
- Shop at Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcade
- Buy green tea at Ippodo Tea Co.
- Matcha: Tsujiri Teahouse
- Coffee: % Arabica
- All You Can Eat Shabu Shabu/Grill: Gion Gyuzen – Cheap/great value; must make a reservation.
- Kiyomizudera – Go early; it’s a 15 minute walk uphill from the bus stop but very much worth it. Pay 300 yen to get this panoramic view.
- Higashiyama – Historic district around Kiyomizudera.
- Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion)
- Yasaka Shrine
- Philosopher’s Path – Best walk for cherry blossom season.
- Explore Gion district – Watch a tea ceremony!
- Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)
- Ryoan-ji – Most famous rock garden.
- Shugakuin Villa – Traditional imperial gardens and buildings.
Arashiyama (Western Kyoto)
To Do (recommended in this order)
- Tenryu-ji Temple
- Bamboo Forest
- Togetsukyo Bridge
- Monkey Park – Highly recommend this for an amazing view and super cute monkeys.
- Fushimi Inari Shrine – The famous orange gates.
- Tofukuji Temple
- Byodoin Temple
Day Trip to Uji
- Matcha: Nakamura Tokichi Byodoin – Known for its heavenly matcha. Go an hour before they open to get your name down or else you’ll be waiting forever!
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Stone & Fern is a travel and lifestyle blog started by friends who have a passion for exploring cities, capturing moments, and trying new food. This is part of our Checking In city guides series. To see more of Asia, click here.