The Best Things To Do In Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan - Photo by Mike O'Sullivan from Flickr

Kyoto is a popular tourist spot in Japan, which has many historical sites and temples.

In Kyoto, there are several historical sites from the past that have a calm yet mysterious atmosphere.

The tourists who come can feel the serenity in this place and some of the historical sites that are here are included in the World Heritage Site.

Apart from that, you can also see the beauty of Japanese gardens at Tenryuji Temple and Ryoanji Temple.

Then, you can also take a walk or taste Kyoto's special seasonal food at Nishiki Market (Nishiki Ichiba) or what is commonly called the Kyoto "kitchen."



If you are planning to spend a one day trip in Kyoto, Maruyama Park is the place to be. The park, which is right next to popular Kyoto tourist spots such as the Yasaka Shrine and Gion Hanamikoji, is the oldest park in Kyoto city and is also a very famous cherry blossom viewing spot. The most exemplary symbol of this is the Gion cherry tree in the center of the park.
The next place is Kiyomizu-dera, a shrine that represents Kyoto. Located in the middle of Mount Otowa, one of the Higashiyama mountain ranges, it is famous for its floating stage and is visited by many tourists all year round. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is an ancient tomb from before the Heian capital that has a history of more than 1200 years and is one of the few tombs in Kyoto.

Maruyama Park

The park's star attraction is a weeping cherry tree which becomes lit up at night.

Address : Maruyamacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0071, Japan


The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site.

Address : 1-chōme-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0862, Japan


There are many tourist attractions in Kyoto which are mostly cultural relics, and most importantly in Japan. Kyoto is always beautiful all year round, snow in winter, cherry blossoms in spring, cool hills in summer, and views of colorful autumn leaves. Kyoto is known as one of the most culturally preserved cities in Japan. Some of the temples in Kyoto that are famous throughout Japan include Kiyomizu-dera, Kinkaku-ji, Ginkaku-ji, and Ryoan-ji.
The place that you can visit for having a sightseeing is the Tenryuji Temple. This temple is a Zen temple located in Arashiyama. In 1339 this shrine was built by Shogun Ashikaga Takauji as the Rinzai School (one of the three Japanese Zen sects). Sogenchi Teien, the garden around the shrine created by the Zen monk Muso Soseki, is designated as the first historical site with a special view in Japan.
Then, you can also take a walk or taste Kyoto's special seasonal food at Nishiki Market (Nishiki Ichiba) or what is commonly called the Kyoto "kitchen". In this place, you might also see sightings of maiko walking towards the city.

Tenryuji Temple

The temple was founded by Ashikaga Takauji in 1339, primarily to venerate Gautama Buddha, and its first chief priest was Musō Soseki.

Address : Japan, 〒616-8385 京都府京都市右京区嵯峨天龍寺芒ノ馬場町68

Nishiki Market

Rich with history and tradition, the market is renowned as the place to obtain many of Kyoto's famous foods and goods.

Address : 609番地 Nishidaimonjicho, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, 604-8054, Japan


If you want to take a closer look at the culture and history of Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine can be an interesting destination. This shrine is the center of some 30,000 Inari or Oinari-san shrines, which exist throughout Japan. Since 711 until today, this temple is believed to be able to provide blessings in agriculture and business. The most popular part of the shrine among tourists is the Senbon Torii, thousands of vermilion-colored torii gates.
Visiting Japan won't be completed without visiting its SAMURAI & NINJA MUSEUM with EXPERIENCE. It is a museum which displays the greatness of Samurai and Ninjas as well as its legendary history in Kyoto. Inside the museum, you can see numerous Samurai's statutes, swords, clothes, and more. It is one of the most favorited places to have a closer look of Japan's Samurai in Kyoto.

Fushimi Inari Taisha

Mountainside Shinto shrine dating from 711 A.D. featuring a path with hundreds of traditional gates.

Address : 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchichō, Fushimi Ward, Kyoto, 612-0882, Japan


Kyoto Samurai & Ninja Museum with Experience: This is an experience based museum located in the heart of Kyoto right next to the world-famous Nishiki Market.

Address : 寺町詩の小路 2F, 292 Higashidaimonjichō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, 604-8043, Japan


The best times to visit Kyoto are from March to May, the weather is quite mild. You can also visit it in September to November, you may find the flowers blossoming during the spring.


Kyoto Tower which is located right in front of Kyoto Station or to be precise above the Kyoto Tower Hotel building is a landmark of Kyoto city. This tourist spot in Kyoto was built in 1963 and was completed a year later, namely in 1964. The design of this tourist attraction tower in Kyoto adapted a lighthouse. The observation room in Kyoto Tower has a capacity of up to 500 people and is designed in a circular shape. From the height of the Kyoto Tower, visitors can see the beauty of Kyoto in full 360 degrees.
Nijo Castle, or Nijo-jo, is a castle that became the official residence of the shogunate when visiting Kyoto. This tourist attraction castle in Kyoto has a lot of charm that is reminiscent of past lives. Nijo Castle was built with an almost perfect design. Visitors will find a library in the Shoin-zukuri style. The library is decorated with beautiful paintings and Japanese sliding doors.

Kyoto Tower

The 800-ton tower stands atop a 9-story building, which houses a 3-star hotel and several stores.

Address : 721-1 Higashishiokōjichō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan

Nijō Castle

Built in 1603, this cyprus-wood castle with extensive gardens was a home for the Shogun Ieyasu.

You should take the time to enter for one round with all of the Shogun history it has to offers.

Address : 541 Nijōjōchō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, 604-8301, Japan


Hotel Granvia Kyoto is a 4-star hotel located in the Kyoto Station Building. It is a strategic hotel which is situated in the bustling area of Kyoto. Their comfortable rooms with typical clean and tidy will amaze and make you comfortable. It is suitable for business trip and leisure.
ibis Styles Kyoto Station is another 4-star hotel located across the Kyoto Station. This modern hotel offers comfortable and fine furnished rooms. The view of Kyoto's landscapes can be seen through the windows of the rooms. It is a good option for those who want to stay close with the bustling area of Kyoto.

Hotel Granvia Kyoto

A sprawling, high-end hotel features interiors filled with modern art.

Warm, sophisticated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, minifridges and flat-screen TVs.

The 8 dining options include an upscale French restaurant, and a 15th-floor restaurant/bar with panoramic city views.

Address : Japan, 〒600-8216 Kyoto, Shimogyō-ku, Higashishiokōjichō, 901番地, Kyoto Station Building, 内

ibis Styles Kyoto Station

Streamlined rooms feature understated, modern decor. All come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as tea and coffeemaking facilities.

Address : Higashikujo, Minami Ku 47 Kamitonodacho, 東九条上殿田町 南区 京都市 京都府 601-8002, Japan


Shishin Samurai Restaurant is a nice eatery spot with calm and good ambiance in Kyoto. It serves typical Japanese cuisines featured calming atmosphere. This restaurant can be your best spot to have a relaxing break in Kyoto.
Goichi Pizza is an Italian restaurant in Kyoto, combining the ingredients of Italian and Japanese. The pizzas and pastas are great and the services are available in Japanese and Italian. You won't be disappointed at this restaurant.

Shishin Samurai Restaurant

The restaurant is quintessentially Japanese, as they have a Japanese garden.

Address : 230-1 Kamimyōkakujichō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, 604-0025, Japan

Goichi Pizza

A nice eatery spot in Kyoto to have an Italian combined Japanese ingredients.

Address : 498 Tsuzurayachō, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8085, Japan


Kyoto Handicraft Center is a shopping center which features souvenir shop and several floors. You can get around the shop and find your suitable items for souvenirs. The prices and quality of the products are reasonable.
Bento&co Kyoto is a good place for those who visit Kyoto with kids. This shop provides wide collections of handcrafted items and locally made products. You can get your kids bento boxes and also other interesting items at well-priced offers.

Kyoto Handicraft Center

Providing wide collections of souvenirs locally made in Kyoto.

Address : Japan, 〒606-8323 京都府京都市左京区聖護院円頓美町17

Bento&co Kyoto

Providing numerous handcrafted Japanese items and products with reasonable prices.

Address : 117 Yaoyachō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyoto, 604-8072, Japan