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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

If you’re looking to explore Kyoto, check out these five diverse neighborhoods in Japan’s most historic major city.

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Day Trips

Explore Japan's Kansai region and beyond with these amazing day trips by train from Kyoto.

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Money and Costs

From cheap travel to affordable food and accommodations, discover our top tips for exploring Kyoto on a budget.

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From buses, trains and the subway to discovering the city on foot or by bicycle, here’s our essential guide on how to get around in Kyoto.

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Free Things to Do

It's easy to visit Kyoto on a budget. From stunning temples to incredible landscapes, here are the best free things to do in Kyoto.

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