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Kyoto: the city's best neighbourhoods

Find a great area to stay in Kyoto

About Kyoto

Including tips for the best time to visit Kyoto

Kyoto, formerly the Japanese capital, flourished for centuries as the country’s centre of culture, religion and economy. This era is preserved by intricate Buddhist temples, palaces, beautiful gardens and time-honoured traditions like the geisha of the Gion district.

In fact, there are 17 locations that make up the 'Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto', found all across Kyoto city. The gold leaf-covered Kinkakuji temple (the Golden Pavilion) – said to have been burned to the ground by a monk who thought it was ‘too beautiful’ – is a popular place to start. So too is the Kiyomizu-dera, known for its wishing wells, wooden veranda and sweeping views of cherry and maple trees.

In spring and autumn, these trees blossom into canopies of pink and red, while the towering bamboos of Arashiyama stay bright green all through the year. This colourful canvas extends to another of the city’s top attractions: the Fushimi Inari Shrine, which features 10,000 orange ‘torii’ gates that form a tunnel through the surrounding forest.

Japan is renowned for its food, and Kyoto is its best advert. Nishiki Market is packed with Michelin-starred restaurants, sushi bars and ‘izakaya’ bar, where you can sample everything from Kitsune Udon noodles to ‘kaiseki’ – Japan’s take on haute cuisine.


From £27 per night

Next weekend

From £31 per night

Most popular time to visit October–December
Cheapest time to visit January–March
Local currency ¥1,000 = £7.51
Language Japanese
Average weekend price £120 per night
Average weekday price £121 per night
Typical stay 1 night

Points of interest in Kyoto

Stay near the top sightseeing spots in Kyoto

Kyoto reviews

What other travellers say about Kyoto


I think it is one of the most beautiful places I have been...

12 May 2020

I think it is one of the most beautiful places I have been able to visit. A beautiful city that offers us history, modernity adapted to the new times and the tradition of the Japanese that make you feel on another level. I respect tourists and above all a magnificent attention wherever you go ... This is definitely a wonderful experience that I hope you can live at some point in your lives.

Juanchifran Spain

Kyoto is really an amazing city.

8 April 2020

Kyoto is really an amazing city. Love it here. I stayed for five days, have seen a lot but still much more to see in a future! Definitely would like to come back. Best places for me were Kiyomizudera, Kinkakuji, Fushimi Inari and climbing up the Mount Hiei. But plan your trips properly and find the fastest buses 🙂

Pavlína Japan

Loved Kyoto for the mix of the old and the new.

31 March 2020

Loved Kyoto for the mix of the old and the new. So much to do from shines, to markets, to a monkey santuary (although this is a long walk and quite steep at times to the top of a mountain) Found the easiest way to travel in Kyoto was by taxi/uber.

Stephen United Kingdom

Kyoto is beautiful, packed with sights to see and amazing...

20 March 2020

Kyoto is beautiful, packed with sights to see and amazing food and drink. It is full of wonderful friendly helpful locals and is super easy to navigate, by both subway and bicycle! A very liveable city. Kyoto is an absolute pleasure to visit.

Amy Australia

Kyoto is one of the most beautifull cities not only in Japan...

19 March 2020

Kyoto is one of the most beautifull cities not only in Japan, but in the world. Easy to get around. We can't define our favourite places since they're all perfect. We decided to eat at Kyoto station since they've many restaurants inside. We daily chose a different place to eat but always inside the station.

Romana Slovenia

Kyoto is a place not to be rushed.

18 March 2020

Kyoto is a place not to be rushed. Have stayed here before for a week and there are plenty of nice things to see and do in Kyoto. After seeing all the main Tourist sights , give yourself time to wander along the banks of the river, have a picnic and watch the locals walk by. Catch a train out into the mountains away from the crowds and just walk amongst the beautiful trees. Take your time and relax, and above all enjoy this beautiful city!

Suzanne Australia

Popular places to stay in Kyoto

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