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The most beautiful autumn illuminations in Kyoto
If you're visiting Kyoto during the fall, know that you are in the right place at the right time!
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Okochi Sanso Villa
The late great silent movie actor Denjiro Okochi was a major star from the 1920's until his death in 1962.
"Washed again in Kurama, we had ascended to the sky without uttering a word, our hands knotted, riveted to the immense trees, drunk with azure and light. "
Gion & Higashiyama in Kyoto
The traditional neighborhood of Gion along with its Geisha has contributed to making Kyoto famous. Despite an urban metamorphosis, the spirit of Kyoto positively asserts itself here.
Kyoto Imperial Palace
Emperors, empresses, princes, and concubines... lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho, the ancient Imperial Palace of Japan.
The Arashiyama district in Kyoto
Located west of Kyoto, the small district of Arashiyama has gained great popularity with tourists.
Kyoto station, a Japanese architectural gem
Kyoto Station is often the gateway for a trip to Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
Kyoto Top 10 by our Travel Angel, Saki
Kyoto away from the crowds: Saki, our Travel Angel residing on-site, reveals her ten favorites in Kyoto. What to see in Kyoto? Which temples to visit in Kyoto?
The Philosopher's Path, Kyoto
The Philosopher's Path (Tetsugaku no Michi in Japanese) in northeast Kyoto gets its name from a famous philosopher who regularly walked this route for quiet contemplation.
Ten of the best free activities in Kyoto
Like many other cities, it's possible to enjoy Kyoto through various free tours and activities. Discover which shrines, parks, side streets and famous sites are free to explore in Kyoto...
Kyoto Public Bath Houses Sento
Kyoto public bath houses sento: the city is still home to many traditional and often historic sento to relax after a hard day of sightseeing.
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Kyoto
The Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Kyoto is one of the most visited sites in the area and one of the most iconic views in Kyoto.
Arashiyama Kimono Forest Kyoto
Arashiyama Kimono Forest Kyoto is an art installation of 600 clear, acrylic cylinders with Kyo-yuzen kimono designs around Arashiyama Keifuku Randen Station.
The bamboo grove of Arashiyama
The Arashiyama bamboo grove, also known as the Sagano bamboo grove (sagano chikurin), is located west of Kyoto.
Rohm Theater Kyoto
Rohm Theater, Kyoto ロームシアター京都 is a performance space in the Okazaki area of the city. It replaced the former Kyoto Kaikan and opened in 2016.
The Village of Ine
North of Kyoto Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan and nestled in Ine Bay, this remote village has a rich history and its identity is deeply rooted in the region.
Located in the center of Kyoto, a stone's throw from Nijo Castle, the historic district of Aneyakoji has managed to preserve its charm and peaceful atmosphere.
Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
The Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art near Kyoto houses an extensive collection of Mingei craft works collected by Tamesaburo Yamamoto (1893-1966).
Kyoto International Community House
Kyoto International Community House near Keage Station offers a space and reference center for international interactions and a variety of events.
Fushimi Kyoto Walk
Fushimi Kyoto Walk: Fushimi in south east Kyoto is known for its sake brewing. The area was an important river link to Osaka in the Edo Period and makes for a pleasant half-day walk with lunch.
Omi Shrine (Omi Jingu) Shiga
Omi Shrine (Omi Jingu), near Otsu in Shiga Prefecture, was built in 1940 during the Showa Period. The shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Tenji (626-672).
Otsu Matsuri Hikiyama Pavilion
The Otsu Matsuri Hikiyama Pavilion in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, presents information on the Otsu Matsuri (Otsu Festival).
Like a lighthouse watching over the city, Kyoto tower offers a 360° panoramic view of the city, its temples below and sometimes even Osaka...
Lake Biwa Canal Cruise
Kawashima textiles from the village of Ichihara
Kawashima textiles: The textiles made by the famous firm of Kawashima are everywhere in Japan - in its trains, planes, homes and offices.
Exploring Hikone in Shiga
Exploring Hikone, Hikone, the second largest city in Shiga, is dominated by the imposing presence of its fine castle, a magnificent structure.
Tanabe Castle Maizuru
Tanabe Castle, in Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture was besieged in the run up to the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Tanabe Castle was defended by just 500 men against 15,000 attackers.
Kyoto Statues: Takayama Hikokuro and Izumo Okuni
Takayama Hikokuro and Izumo Okuni: Takayama Hikokuro (1747-1793) was a celebrated samurai of the Edo Period (1600-1868). His statue (on Sanjo, a few meters east of Kawabata) is hard to miss.
Kyoto, surrounded by mountains on three sides, offers a number of rewarding hikes. Find half-day and day hikes in and around Kyoto.
Kyoto's Kiyomizu Ceramics
With a peaceful appearance, Villa Murin-An unveils the complex personality of its founder, a soldier, a politician and a superb garden designer
Uji Green Tea Culture
Historically and culturally, Uji, just south of Kyoto, is the most distinct tea-producing region of Japan.
Okazaki Museum District Kyoto
Kyoto's Okazaki district, centered arond Heian Shrine, contains a number of museums and other places of interest including Kyoto City Zoo, Rohm Theater and Miyako Messe.
Teramachi Walk II
Walk south on Teramachi from Imadegawa in Kyoto to discover historic temples, shrines, stores and restaurants on Teramachi and and Shinkyogoku streets.
Ohara Guide Kyoto
Ohara is picturesque village located in the north east of Kyoto known for a cluster of Tendai-sect temples famous for their amazing autumn colors and connections with Buddhist chanting and music.
Oharano: read a guided to the pleasant suburb of Oharano in the south west of Kyoto with a number of pretty temples and shrines including Shojiji (Hana-no-tera) famous for its cherry blossom.
Teramachi Walk I
Teramachi is an historic street in Kyoto, lined with historic temples and shrines, that runs from Kuramaguchi in the north to south of Shijo in the downtown area.
Kyoto International Exhibition Hall
The Kyoto International Exhibition Hall, Miyako Messe in Okazaki is a large convention center which includes the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, Fureaikan, which exhibits a wide range of Kyoto'
Kyoto Budo Center
Kyoto Budo Center consists of the historic wooden kyubutokuden constructed in 1899 and the more modern building built 90 years later in 1989.
Daimaru Villa Kyoto Karasuma Dori
Daimaru Villa Kyoto on Karasuma Dori in Kyoto is adjacent to Marutamachi subway station and just south of Sugawarain Tenmangu Shrine.
Manganji Temple is a Nichren sect temple in the Okazaki district of Kyoto. Manganji contains the grave of film director Kenji Mizoguchi.
Miyama Kyoto Prefecture
Miyama, north west of Kyoto city has remote, mountain villages that retain a rural and traditional way of life, with thatched roofs and old crafts kept alive.
Kawaramachi Catholic Church
Kawaramachi Catholic Church in the center of Kyoto dates from 1967 and is the cathedral for the diocese which includes Kyoto, Nara, Shiga and Mie prefectures.
Iwakura is a quiet, secluded district of north east Kyoto at the foot of Mt. Hiei famous for Jissoin Temple and the former residence of Iwakura Tomomi.
Kameoka: read a guide to Kameoka, a small, pleasant city a short distance west of Kyoto.
Kibune is a picturesque and unusual village, whose name means "precious boat". Built on a mountain, it has only one street!
Arashiyama and Sagano
Arashiyama and Sagano in Kyoto's north-west form a centuries-old resort area, with cultural, historical and scenic delights for everyone.
Takao in the mountains of north west Kyoto is famous for its spectacular fall colors, outdoor dining and walking.
Although walking distance from the busy street of Hanamikoji dori in the heart of the famous Gion district in Kyoto, the district of Shirakawa is often a peaceful haven.
Uji: read a guide to Uji city, south of Kyoto, famous for its green tea production, Byodoin Temple, links to the Tale of Genji and Ujigami Shrine.
Takaragaike: Takaragaike Lake in Kyoto is an Edo period man-made lake with a jogging track and pleasant walks near the Kyoto International Conference Center and Kyoto Grand Prince Hotel.
Old Secluded Residence of Iwakura Tomomi
The Old Secluded Residence of Iwakura Tomomi is the historic retreat of the imperial court noble Iwakura Tomomi (1825-1883) in the north east of Kyoto.
Ancient city of merchants and warriors, Omihachiman now cultivates a peaceful canal city image. A nice day trip from Kyoto.
Shigaraki Kenzo Tobo
Near Kyoto, near the kilns of Shigaraki potters, is a workshop like no other and open to all Japanese pottery lovers.
Iwatayama Monkey Park
The temples and shrines in Kyoto are a sight to behold, but if you're looking for a bit more adventure, why not visit the 200 cheeky little monkeys that roam Iwatayama Monkey park.
Kyoto Concert Hall
Kyoto Concert Hall next to Kitayama subway station was completed in 1995 and is home to the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra.
This thin sandbar, resistant from being engulfed by the waves of the Bay of Miyazu for centuries, holds a real fascination for many Japanese who come every year to enjoy the view...
Attend a Tea Ceremony at Camellia
Ideally located at the foot of the stone steps of Ninen-zaka, which takes you to the famous Kiyomizu-dera temple, the teahouse Camellia invites passing visitors for a relaxing stop in the serenity
The Funaya in Ine
Today, very few Japanese fishermen's villages remain intact. Urbanization made them disappear. To regain the spirit of these old villages, visit the Bay of Ine.
Women Association of Kyoto
There are myths and traditions, clichés and stories, and traditional practices that are lost and those that are perpetuated.
Villa Okochi Sanso
Easily accessible but uncrowded, Villa Okochi Sanso offers beautiful views of the city and the surrounding mountains, not far from other sights of Kyoto.
"Behind me the Kamo rushes toward the purple mountains, everywhere the plants spread onto and consume the river in phosphorescent patches.
Gion is the soul of Kyoto. A timeless district, it has preserved the customs and the appearance of medieval Japan. Shinbashi dori marks its northern boundary.
Sento-Gosho Imperial Palace
In the Imperial Park in Kyoto, built on the vestiges of the last emperor's residence, today you'll find a pleasant garden and two period tea houses.
Miyama ("The beautiful mountain"), with its thatched roof houses, rural crafts and recipes. A lovely getaway close to Kyoto.
Although still within the administrative boundaries of Kyoto, Ohara seems to come straight out of a timeless bubble, away from everything.
Visit Kyoto in the footsteps of Hideyoshi
Visiting Kyoto is like traveling back in time. The city has changed with the different eras.
Kyoto Autumn Leaves Viewing Spots
Kyoto fall colors: see a listing of the best places to see the autumn leaves (momiji) in Kyoto including Arashiyama, Tofukuji and Mt Takao.
Just a stone's throw from Kyoto is the largest lake in all of Japan. To best enjoy, it's best to get as far away from Kyoto, to the lake's northern shores.
Kyoto is truly an amazing city, and not just for its traditional wooden houses steeped in history.
Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto was founded during the Meiji Period and has a long history of liberalism and internationalism.
Doshisha University is one of the oldest private universities in Japan, founded in 1875 by the Christian educator Niijima Jo, who was the first Japanese to graduate from an American university.
Kyoto Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots
Kyoto cherry blossom viewing spots: see a listing of the best places in Kyoto to enjoy hanami or cherry blossom viewing.
Mimizuka Ear Mound
Mimizuka Ear Mound: Mimizuka is a memorial burial mound in south east Kyoto for the noses and ears of Korean soldiers and civilians killed by Toyotomi Hideyoshi's invading armies in the late 16th c
Kyoto: the station district
Restaurants, cafes, department stores, craft stalls, hotels ... The gigantic Kyoto station offers everything passing visitors need.
Fushimi, a district of Kyoto
Far from the bustling cities, this peaceful suburb bordered by beautiful sanctuaries is straight out a film by Yasujiro Ozu...
A Walk In Arashiyama Kyoto: take a stroll from Togetsukyo Bridge to Tenryuji Temple, the bamboo forest to Okochi Sanso Villa.
Kamishichiken. Kyoto's Kamishichiken is one of the five licensed geisha districts in the city. Kamishichiken is near Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
Higashiyama South Walk
A Walk In Southern Higashiyama Kyoto: take a stroll from Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) to see the Kyoto temples of Nanzenji, Kodaiji, Chion-in, and Kiyomizu.
Higashiyama Walk Kyoto
A Walk In northern Higashiyama Kyoto: take a stroll from Shugakuin to see the Kyoto temples of Manshuin, Shisendo and Enkoji.
Gion. Kyoto's Gion is the area of the city most famous for geisha.
Pontocho. Kyoto's Pontocho is a magical, narrow alley full of bars, restaurants, and tea houses. Pontocho is one of Kyoto's geisha districts.
Nene no Michi
Nene no Michi, Kyoto. Read a guide to perhaps the most beautiful street in Kyoto, Nene no Michi. Nene no Michi is located in eastern Kyoto.
Shimabara, Kyoto: read a guide to the Edo period licensed red-light entertainment and brothel area of Shimabara in western Kyoto.
West Kyoto Walk
A Walk In West Kyoto: take a stroll from Myoshinji Temple to see the Kyoto temples of Ninnaji, Ryoanji, Kinkakuji, and Toji-in.
Kibune - Kurama
Hiking Kibune to Kurama, Kyoto. Read a guide to walking and hiking Kibune and Kurama, in the mountains of northern Kyoto City.
Read a page about Kyoto University. Kyoto University (Kyodai) is Japan's most academically free university.
Toei Eiga Mura
Read an article about Kyoto's Toei Eiga Mura. Toei Eiga Mura is a former and current film studio that has been transformed into a theme park and museum.
Fushimi-Momoyama Castle: read a guide to Fushimi-Momoyama Castle, or Fushimi Castle, in southern Kyoto.
Fukuchiyama Castle: read a guide to Fukuchiyama Castle in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto built by Akechi Mitsuhide in 1576.
Hikone Castle: read a guide to Hikone Castle in Shiga. Hikone Castle is one of Japan's most beautiful castles.
Nijo Castle: read a guide Nijo Castle in Kyoto. Nijo Castle was the powerbase of the shogun in the ancient capital of Kyoto, Japan.
Nagahama Castle: read a guide to Nagahama Castle in Shiga Prefecture. Nagahama Castle is a reconstructed castle built in 1983.
Azuchi Castle: read a guide to the once magnificent Azuchi Castle built by Oda Nobunaga, now a ruin in Shiga Prefecture
Nagahama Guide Shiga
Nagahama: read a guide to Nagahama on Lake Biwa; Nagahama is an old castle town in Shiga Prefecture, western Japan.
Fukuchiyama: read a guide to the historic castle town of Fukuchiyama in Kyoto Prefecture, west central Japan.
Cycling in Kyoto
Read an article on cycling in Kyoto, Japan: the pros and cons of seeing the ancient city on two wheels.
Shugakuin Rikyu Imperial Villa Kyoto
Shugakuin Rikyu Imperial Villa. Read about Kyoto's Shugakuin Rikyu Imperial Villa. Shugakuin Imperial Villa is a royal palace in east Kyoto famous for its gardens.
Omi Hachiman Guide
Omi Hachiman is a small town beside Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture which has served as a transport hub throughout its history.
Kyoto districts: read guides to the various areas and districts of Kyoto including Gion, Higashiyama, Ohara, Kurama, Okazaki and Fushimi.
Kamo and Takano Rivers Kyoto
Kamo River: In the Demachiyangai area of Kyoto, north of downtown and just east of the Imperial Palace, two rivers join to create the Kamo River.
Kyoto Botanical Garden Conservatory
Kyoto Botanical Garden Conservatory: The Botanical Garden in Kyoto is the oldest botanical garden in Japan with over 12,000 plants.
Kyoto Kanze Kaikan - Noh Theater
Kyoto Kanze Kaikan, Okazaki, Kyoto 京都観世会館 Across the canal from the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, is the Kyoto Kanze Kaikan Noh Theater.
Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka - Kyoto
Ninenzaka & Sannenzaka are the names for two tiny districts in the picturesque area of Gion in the south east of the city.
88 Temple Pilgrimage - Kyoto
Kyoto 88 Temple Pilgrimage: The Hachi-ju Haka-sho (88 Temple Pilgrimage) is a short hike in the hills behind Ninnaji Temple in western Kyoto that is modeled on the more famous Shikoku route.
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