Things to Do in Kyoto

Top Things to Do in Kyoto

Things to Do in Kyoto

Top Attractions in Kyoto

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What travelers are saying

  • Valeriane P
    Villeurbanne, France31 contributions
    I went there several times, alone, in couple, in family and with friends, and it always has been a really good experience.
    It's a very nice walk, and the view from the top is beautiful.
    Perfect spot for photos obviously.
    If you dare explore a bit off the paths, you can find a lot of cool places as well, like mini temples and quieter places in nature.
    I definitely recommend going, but preferably early in the morning, before it gets insanely crowded.
    The walk from the station to the shrines is cool as well, you can sample different kind of street food.
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • Alice Fenice
    Vienna Region, Austria71 contributions
    I have been to Kyoto twice and still I alwasy come to visit this place!
    It is magic with just every kind of season, the entry price is not that expensive and is easy to reach with pubblic transportations.

    The visit will also not take that long... it all depends from how many pictures you will take (:
    Written 13 February 2022
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  • Joseph
    9 contributions
    The statues inside are incredibly beautiful, I wish I were allowed to take pictures of them. The outside grounds are quite pretty and peaceful as well.
    Written 15 June 2020
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  • BRTraveler-7
    Baton Rouge, LA25 contributions
    Great experience for all ages from young kids enjoying the playground with the monkeys to adults enjoying the views over the city with the monkey. It was also a lot of fun to feed the monkeys bananas and apples. (They really liked the bananas!). It's a 20-minute beautiful hike up to the monkeys. Definitely recommended.
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Melinda G
    Osaka, Japan471 contributions
    The palace was not open due to the New Year holidays but the garden was open. Most of the buildings were being renovated anyways so we wouldn’t have been able to go inside. It would be worth visiting in the spring or fall to see the cherry blossoms or the fall colours.

    It wasn’t crowded and peaceful to walk around.
    Written 3 January 2021
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  • Jonathan Sexton
    Sneads Ferry, NC284 contributions
    This neighborhood is one of the best sites in Kyoto. Best possibility of spotting a Geisha and it has a few attractions like shrines and parks. There is also a really nice river walk there as well.
    Written 10 September 2021
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  • Valeriane P
    Villeurbanne, France31 contributions
    Very beautiful temple and amazing view.
    Like everything in Kyoto, be sure to go early in the morning before it gets too crowded.
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • Louie Boracay
    Boracay, Philippines108 contributions
    The walking is so worth it you are able to experience walking in the bamboo forest and then we ride Rickshaw The place is very clean though it’s there a lot of people there but the atmosphere is amazing it’s definitely a must try experience if ever you visotArashiyama.
    Written 1 September 2021
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  • Kwakaku
    Sakai, Japan2,016 contributions
    I have seen the Tsuten-kyo Bridge for countless times in the end-title roll of the samurai drama, Oniheihankacho. Knowing the bridge was always crowded, I have hesitated to visit it especially when its maple leaves turned scarlet. The declaration of the state of emergency has been raised. I thought it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance, and dared to visit Tofuku-ji Temple, to which the Tsuten-kyo Bridge belongs, on my way between the Rakuyo 33 Kannon Pilgrimage #21 Hosho-ji Temple and #20 Yokihi Kannon-do Hall of Sen'yu-ji Temple.
    Fortunately, the bridge wasn't so much crowded as I had been afraid that it would be. Unfortunately, its maple leaves weren't at their best yet.
    Written 21 November 2021
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  • BRTraveler-7
    Baton Rouge, LA25 contributions
    This was a lot of fun for both our 10-year old and us adults. We learned a lot about samurai and ninjas, got to use the weapons (replicas) and have competitions with them, and dress up. Fun and engaging staff with good English. Highly recommended.
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Guillaume A
    Shizuoka, Japan479 contributions
    This shrine is particularly very popular during the momijis season in fall. The colors are so bright, the garden,the pond, little waterfall... beautiful setting.
    Written 28 November 2021
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  • Zimminaroundtheworld
    Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,751 contributions
    Ginkakuji Temple was one of many I saw while touring around Kyoto. I was here in September and had the temple to myself. There is an entrance fee for this temple but it's well worth a visit. I loved the gardens here. There was a small pathway through the forest with nice views of the temple. You can get great photos near the pond of the temple. I really would love to see this temple around fall time. Ginkakuji Temple is a must.
    Written 25 September 2021
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  • Kimitaka S
    Taichung, Taiwan11,958 contributions
    Katsura Imperial Villa is one of must-sees in Kyoto. To visit the villa, you should either make a reservation in advance, or go directly to the entrance early in the morning. Only the limited number of people can be admitted for each tour. From 8:40 a ticket is distributed, and after that you can choose the visiting time accordingly. The buildings in the garden are inaccessible. The garden, which is divided into different areas, is beautiful and well calculated.
    Written 26 December 2020
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  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy519 contributions
    Who doesn’t know the famous pagoda of Toji, in the former capital of Japan? Okay, at the first glance the temple itself is nothing special, it’s not as assaulted by tourists as other Kyoto temples, but surely worths the visit. Don’t miss the street markets around it, in which you can find everything you might be looking for!
    Written 30 June 2021
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  • izyphotos
    Mascot, Australia705 contributions
    Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka are Japanese traditional streets located in the historical district of Higashiyama in eastern Kyoto. The cobbled pedestrian alleys connect the neighborhoods’ temples, and restaurants and souvenir shops line along their large stone stairways. It is also the ideal place to encounter Japanese people dressed up in kimono or yukata.The heart of Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka lies in the traditional wooden houses lining along the alleys. There are of course many shops selling traditional crafts and food. You can reach there after visiting Kiyomizu Dera Temple or visa versa. Continue to see the Yasaka Pagoda. Bus 100, 202, 206 or 207 stop close by. Definiately a must to visit here when in Kyoto.
    Written 23 January 2022
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