CITY GUIDE: Kyoto City (京都市)


Kyoto (京都市) is a city situated in the central part of the island Honshu, Japan. It is heavily populated with a population of approximately 1.5 million. In the past, it was the capital of Japan for over one thousand years. Kyoto has a moist weather with cyclic variation in climate. Summers are very hot and winter is cold with infrequent snowfall. Kyoto has a rainy season from June till the end of July.

Kyoto is culturally and historically rich. While it is considered a city, Kyoto still carries the aura of traditional Japanese atmosphere. Here, you may occasionally spot Geishas walking down the streets of Gion, or tourists and locals alike dressed in traditional clothes.

There are many places to visit in Kyoto, if you love to explore the magic of Japan. The essence preserved in different museums are unique with the likes of the Umekoji Steam Locomotive Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, the Nomura Art Museum and many more. Tourist should stop by and check these places that add a distinct class to Kyoto. For other destinations, refer to the destination links below.

Transportation around Kyoto may get a little tricky, as the city is served by local buses as well. Standing on the wrong side of the road might make the traveling time increase. Do ask for directions if you are not sure. People in Kyoto are really nice, just try to speak slowly when asking for directions!

As Kyoto is conveniently located near to Nara, you might want to consider visiting Nara as well. Besides that, you can also consider visiting Uji, which is conveniently located between Kyoto and Nara. Uji is famous for its world-renowned green tea, also known as Uji Matcha.

As Kyoto was named the Best City for Travel by a US-based travel magazine for two years in a row, it is no wonder why most  travelers would love to make this a “must-visit” spot in Japan.




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