Kyoto is a very reasonable place to visit in all seasons. Every moment here can’t be more beautiful. The most popular tourist season in Kyoto is about the beginning of April when the cherry blossoms bloom in spring every year. During that time, it is hard to find a room in Kyoto, and the prices will also rise, so be sure to book rooms 4 to 6 months in advance!
Kyoto is known as the capital of temples. It has hundreds of temples and Shinto shrines, which accounts for 20% of Japan’s national cultural relics. For example, Kyoto’s cultural wealth was registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1994. Kyoto is known with traditional techniques. Japanese tea ceremony, Ikebana, Kyoto cuisine and Kyougashi attract people from all over the world to appreciate and learn. At the same time, Kyoto is also one of Japan’s important industrial cities. The headquarters of multinational companies such as Nintendo, Wacoal and Kyocera are here.
As for the modern aspect, as long as you go to the Kyoto Station in Rakuchu, or go shopping in Kawaramachi at night, you will know the other side of Kyoto. Kyoto is also very close to Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe and Nara. It takes only 1 hour and 15 minutes to get to Osaka by JR, and about 36 minutes to Nagoya.
Antique Temples in Kyoto
Among all the shrines and temples in Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera Temple has the highest popularity and is a must-see destination for trips to Kyoto. Kamo-mioya Shrine, also known as Shimogamo Shrine, is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. Nijo Castle is also a famous place to see cherry blossoms. Last but not least, Fushimi Inari Taisha is definitely the first attraction to be recommended in Kyoto. The most popular tourist attraction of Fushimi Heda Shrine is the endless scenery of big red torii on the mountain. These torii are wishers who pay tribute to the gods and are sacred in Japan.
Amazing Itineraries in Kyoto
1. Strolling in Kimonos around the major shrines in Kyoto and Kiyomizu-dera
In the surrounding ramps in the Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka, you can not only buy cute Japanese style things, but also delicious souvenirs. This area is also with the ancient capital style described by The Tale of Genji, the The Pillow Book, etc. Walking on traditional Japanese architecture and stone roads in rented kimono, it is not boring to spend a leisurely stroll all day. Next stop could be a perfect place for your empty stomach after a nice stroll.
Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, Kyoto Nishiki Market is the best place to experience the atmosphere and food culture of Kyoto City. After enjoying the local cuisine in Nishiki Market, you could keep on exploring the beauty of Kyoto. One of the places that visitors will surely visit in Kyoto is the flower path of the “Gion Garden”. In Gion, you can see the geisha and the following learners wearing traditional kimonos and walking on the streets of Gion. This is also one of the locations where the memoirs of the geisha was filmed.
2. Visit Kyoto in the cherry blossom season
When visiting Kyoto, it is a sure thing to come to enjoy cherry blossoms and see the red maple leaves. The most popular spot to see cherry blossoms are surely the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Daigo-ji temple, the Philosopher’s Walk, the Arashiyama (Storm Mountain), etc. To see maple the options could be Tōfuku-ji Temple, but if you don’t like the crowded place, but more like the leisure taste of cherry blossoms, just escape from the crowded bus and subway, ride a bicycle along the Kamo River, it is more likely the life in Kyoto!
How to Get Around in Kyoto
Kyoto’s attractions are all accessible by bus, and you can enjoy all the attractions through the “City Bus, Kyoto Bus One-Day Pass”, some of which are connected to each other by bus or Keihan Railway.
Gourmet in Kyoto
Kyoto cuisine is delicate and beautiful, and the taste is not too greasy. If you don’t want to spend much money on Kaiseki cuisine, you can choose to dine at noon. If you want to save budget, a set of simple soup tofu or other tofu dishes could also makes you enjoy Kyoto’s famous tofu dishes. Some famous stores such as Okutan and Junsei restaurant have branches in Kyoto’s major tourist areas.
Kyoto is a thousand-year-old historical city that Japan is proud of. It is really a place where visitors will never be bored even if they visit here many times. It could be said that Kyoto itself is a huge attraction, where is full of world heritage, temples and shrines. Travelers are just like walking into the historical siege.
It is suggested to slow down your pace when you visit Kyoto, maybe go around by bike or walk to discover the beauty of this ancient Japanese capital, no matter what season you visit it, it can give you unlimited memories.