Kyoto Holidays

As the former capital of Japan, Kyoto's modern day population might not match the country's mega-cities, but its cultural offerings are unrivaled. Hidden treasures can be found all over Kyoto if you can find your way out from under the shadow of her bustling and sky-scraping metropolitan heart. Kyoto is home to amazing temples such as the Golden ... Read more
Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, which, like much Japanese architecture, is nestled into the surrounding Western Honshu Mountains with a architectural harmony unique to Japan. Take in the sights here while contemplating life along the Philosopher’s Path, or head into Gion and let the professionals in the famous Geisha district do the thinking for you. World Heritage Sites are seemingly as easy to bump into as a quality place to grab a bite to eat when traveling in Kyoto. Like much of Japan, Kyoto has an extensive railway system that makes exploring both the modern and traditional assets of this beautiful city a truly Zen-friendly experience.
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Kyoto can get pretty cold in the winter at 35-40F (2-4C) and fairly hot in the summer at 80F (27C), but those may be the only times of the year that you won’t have to worry about not being able to find ... Read more
accommodation for a reasonable price. Crowds peak at about the same time as the area’s natural beauty: when the plum and cherry blossoms are in bloom in March and April, and for the city’s famed fall foliage in October and November. A visit in May or September may mean you miss the local flora’s best showtimes, but you will trade those in for a great combo of mild weather and fewer tourists.

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San Francisco
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If Tokyo is cutting-edge and futuristic, Kyoto is traditional and steeped in culture and history. Both cities are worth several days of wandering, but Kyoto has an allure with its many temples, paths, and winding alleys that can be found nowhere else in Japan.

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Los Angeles

A must-see city to get a true feel for Japanese culture. There are temples and shrines in almost every block, giving the city a magical quality to it. Go without an agenda and explore all the little alleys and shops. You won't regret it!

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San Francisco
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Kyoto has two sides: city and nature. The city part is all right, but the nature side is completely magical. The temples are beautiful. My only regret was not spending more time along the Philosopher's Walk, a beautiful road that leads from one great temple to the next.

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New York City

We spent about 4 full days in Kyoto on our visit to Japan in November. I'd been expecting to fall in love with it and definitely to love it more than I did Tokyo, and though I did absolutely love my time there, it was much different than I'd imagined. Kyoto was far more touristy (and crowded WITH tourists) than I was expecting - more so than Tokyo, in fact. Where I'd been expecting an older, less industrial looking city, I found those pieces only to exist in small pockets and corners. The public transportation system is not quite as intuitive as Tokyo's, but still easy enough to figure out and get around on. You do wind up relying a bit more on buses in Kyoto than trains (at least, we did). There are some major, must-see sites and temples in the city, as well as access to some key day trips (such as Nara), so I had some definite highlights and great moments here, but given the option, I would likely have opted to take a day off of Kyoto and tack it back onto Takayama in the overall planning of our trip.

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Valletta

A FEW DAYS STAY IN KYOTO BY BULLIT TRAIN IS WORTH ALL MONEY SPEND
KYOTO HAS THE BEST TEMPLES SHINES GARDENS RIVERS AND THE ENCHANTING BAMBOO FOREST

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Quezon City

I'd have to say that Kyoto is one of the most underrated cities. There is so much to explore here. You've got the feel of old Japan in many of its streets. There are so many restaurants to try and the quaint shops are really nice. So many beautiful places to visit from temples, shrines, gardens to the Gion geisha district where you can learn of the old Japan.

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Santa Clara

Kyoto is an amazing city filled with temples, shrines, and historic quarters with cobble stone streets. This is the city to view the traditional side of Japan.

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Florence

Kyoto is simply the city with the biggest amount of temples in whole Japan. Its soul is highly spiritual and with a tendence to traditions. Here you can still spy real geisha(s) in Gion, take a climb on unique Fushimi-inari or just chill on Kamo riverside.

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Yakima

Went there with total of 5 people. We waited about 10 minutes to find a table for us. We sat at the corner of hibachi table we were entertain by our chef who was a or of fun. The meal was great I had a combination of steak and scallops it was delicious we all had a great time.

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Encinitas

Kyoto is an amazing city to visit. Many amazing temples, delicious food and cute Japanese geisha everywhere ;-)

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