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Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony, feed wild monkeys and explore World Heritage-listed temples and shrines in this historically rich Japanese city.

Kyoto, on the Japanese island of Honshu, has been a hub of religious activity and political power since the eighth century. It was once the capital of Japan and retains many of the temples and palaces built within this period. Step back in time to imperial Japan as you explore the city’s many World Heritage Sites such as the Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto is also renowned for its landscaped gardens, many of which are based on designs dating back hundreds of years.

The wealth of cultural history in Kyoto can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Take the Philosopher’s Walk to orient yourself around some of Kyoto’s historic sights, such as the Eikando Temple. The walk takes in three major temples as well as several smaller temples and shrines, boutique shopping areas and restaurants where you can sample the traditional Japanese multicourse dinner, kaiseki. Cherry blossoms line the walk during spring, and in the fall, the area comes alive with the brilliant reds of maple trees.

Central Kyoto offers a combination of modern and traditional delights. Ride up the Kyoto Tower for a 360-degree view over the city from 330 feet (100 meters) up. Explore the Nishiki Market, lined with restaurants, and fresh produce and street food stalls. See giant salamanders and local river fish at the Kyoto Aquarium.

At one of the regular festivals held in the city, taste some of the food brought to Kyoto from all over Japan to please the Emperor, watch traditional crafts being made, take a lesson in saké brewing and experience the culture of Japan.

Lovers of Japanese literature will enjoy the 17th-century Katsura Imperial Villa, built to resemble the fictional setting of the 11th-century novel The Tale of Genji.

Tourism is a large part of Kyoto’s economy and there are some unique attractions such as hand feeding wild snow monkeys at Arashiyama Monkey Park. Kyoto has a welcoming atmosphere, incredible natural beauty and layered history.


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Sakura Terrace The Gallery

Sakura Terrace The Gallery

39 Higashikujo Kamitonoda cho, Kyoto
4.6
of 5, from 735 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Minami, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Toji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).

HK$465
APA Hotel Kyotoeki-Horikawadori

APA Hotel Kyotoeki-Horikawadori

1 Aburanokoji-cho, Shiokoji-nishi,, Kyoto
3.3
of 5, from 408 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Shimogyo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Honkanji Temple, Kyoto Tower, and Nishihonganji Temple. Kyoto Aquarium and Umekoji Park are also within 15 minutes.

HK$968
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, Kyoto
4.2
of 5, from 612 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Guests of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto can walk 7 minutes to Kyoto Station or use the hotel's free shuttle service. Nearby attractions include Kyoto Tower, Nishihonganji Temple, and Kyoto Aquarium.

HK$445
Hotel MyStays Kyoto-Shijo

Hotel MyStays Kyoto-Shijo

52 Kasaboko-cho, Aburakoji Higashi Iru, Kyoto
4.1
of 5, from 458 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto Art Center, Nijo Castle, and Higashi Honganji Temple. Kyoto Imperial Palace and Gion Corner are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hiiragiya Ryokan

Hiiragiya Ryokan

Nakahakusancho, Kyoto
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury ryokan is within 1 mi (2 km) of Honnoji Temple, Nijo Castle, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. Gion Corner and Heian Shrine are also within 1 mi (2 km).

HK$283
Centurion CABIN & SPA KYOTO

Centurion CABIN & SPA KYOTO

68-2, Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
3.9
of 5, from 280 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto Art Center, Nijo Castle, and Gion Corner. Higashi Honganji Temple and Kyoto Tower are also within 1 mi (2 km).

HK$1,164
Kyoto Granbell Hotel

Kyoto Granbell Hotel

27 Yamatocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
4.9
of 5, from 8 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Gion, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kenninji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, and Gion Corner. Sanjusangendo Temple and Heian Shrine are also within 2 mi (3 km).

HK$581
APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae

APA Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae

806, Minami Fudodocho, Shiokoji-sagaru, Kyoto
3.4
of 5, from 153 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Shimogyo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Toji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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