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Kyoto is old Japan writ large: atmospheric temples, sublime gardens, traditional teahouses and geisha scurrying to secret liaisons.


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Things to Know

From planning your trip to local etiquette, here are the most important things to know before going to Kyoto.

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Best Neighborhoods

Discover five diverse neighborhoods to check out in Japan’s most historic major city.

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Day Trips

Get a real taste of Japan with these easy and exciting day trips from Kyoto.

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Money and Costs

Kyoto may be known as an expensive city but that doesn't mean there aren't deals to be found. Plan your perfect budget break with our top tips.

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From buses, trains and the subway to discovering the city on foot or two wheels, here’s everything you need to know about getting around Kyoto.

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Free Things to Do

From stunning temples to incredible landscapes, here are Kyoto's best experiences that are completely free.

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Traveling with Kids

Japan is a delightful place for travel with little ones in general, and Kyoto is no exception – here are our favorite things to do with kids and teens.

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