Kyoto

Japanese woman in Kyoto, wearing kimono and traditional red umbrella

Japan's most beautiful cherry blossoms

Kyoto is Japan’s most inviting destination, a city steeped in tradition colliding with the modern world. Nestled in the heart of Western Honshu, the city was the residence of the Emperor from 794 until the Meiji Restoration of 1868. The opulence of the royal life left its mark on Kyoto’s parks, gardens, temples, Imperial Palace and villas. Visit Kyoto during the cherry blossom season for an experience you will never forget.

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Top Highlights in Kyoto

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Daikaku-ji Temple
Attraction
4.7
Temple of treasures
The orange gates
Attraction
5.0
For rice and sake
Heian-jingu Shrine
Attraction
4.7
Colorful beauty
Kinkaku-ji on the mirror pond
Attraction
5.0
The temple of the golden pavilion
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Attraction
4.6
Retreat on a mountain
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Attraction
4.7
Imperial elegance
Saiho-ji Temple
Attraction
4.7
The temple of moss
To-ji Temple
Attraction
4.0
Watching over the city
Tofuku-ji Temple
Attraction
4.8
Autumn at its best
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Taro's Guide to Lovely Kyoto
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Romance
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Family
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Shijo Street
Shopping
Make your own souvenir
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Ryokans and business hotels
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Nightlife in Kyoto
After Dark
Party Kyoto
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Arashiyama Monkey Park
Beyond temples and shrines
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Kodai-ji Temple
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