Travel to Kyoto and get to know the unique face of the most photogenic city in the world
In the heart of Japan, between mountains and rivers, lies Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan. A city of historical memory and emblematic cultural heritage, Kyoto is becoming one of the most interesting destinations in the land of the rising sun. A center of Japanese traditional culture and Buddhism, but at the same time a dynamic metropolis of modern comforts, Kyoto manages to perfectly balance its past and present and offers every visitor aspects of its extravagant and interesting personality.
Impressive Buddhist temples and shrines, pagodas appearing among manicured maple and cherry groves, as well as bustling boulevards and large, picturesque squares, compose an interesting urban landscape, where the fusion of the new with the old, of technology with tradition, reveals a city which knows how to adapt to an environment of fertile contrasts over time.
See the Imperial Palace and the Golden Pavilion kinkakuji and feel the grandeur of the old capital. Visit the majestic Shinto Temple of God (Fushimi Inari) and cross the famous red gates of Torii Gates in a scene of contemplation. Cross one of the most crowded streets of the city, the Sannenzaka Street and arrive at the impressive temple of Kiyomizu. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove and relax on one of the trails along the Kamo River and the shores of Lake Osawa with their idyllic romantic scenery. Get to know the scenic Gion area and its artistic atmosphere and take a polite photo of the geishas roaming the surrounding streets, before mingling in the bustling Nishiki Market, with the most colorful mosaic of flavors, aromas and people you have ever seen. Your walks in the most photogenic city in the world will excite you and will have managed to reveal the authentic soul of a wonderful country.
Food and local cuisine
Japanese cuisine has fans around the world. One of the most popular cuisines in the world offers a huge variety of delicious dishes, with excellent quality ingredients. Of course, sushi has the upper hand. Try the most famous dish of Japanese cuisine in various variations. (nigiri, Maki, Gunkan Maki, Sashimi). Soups are also extremely popular. Try Ramen, (fortified noodle soup in various variations with meat, seaweed and green onion). Taste the Japanese omelette (it is a fluffy roll of omelette layers). Also the famous tempura (deep fried vegetables or seafood fried in porridge), yokitori (skewers of meat or vegetables) accompanied by sake or beer. And finally, fish cakes, Satsuma age and soya milk donuts, win the impressions.
The best season to visit Kyoto
Ideally choose the period February - April, to avoid excessive heat and humidity for the rest of the season.
How to move around Kyoto
Transfer from/to Kyoto
Kyoto is served by air from Osaka Airport, about 50 km from it, and serves mainly domestic flights. Kansai Main Airport is 114 miles from the city center. Transportation to and from the airport to the center of Kyoto is by bus (Airport transport) or by train (Limited express Haruka, 1h).
The city offers a wide network of public transport that connects most areas of the city in an easy and fast way. Choose the subway (it is the fastest and safest way to get around) or city buses. You can also travel by taxi (with the meter on,) or by bike, as the city is friendly to cyclists. Alternatively, you can make trips on foot.