Attractions

Top Choice Castle in Downtown Kyoto

Nijō-jō

The military might of Japan's great warlord generals, the Tokugawa shoguns, is amply demonstrated by the imposing stone walls and ramparts of their great castle, Nijō-jō, which dominates a large part of Northwest Ky…
Top Choice Market in Downtown Kyoto

Nishiki Market

Head to the covered Nishiki Market to check out the weird and wonderful foods that go into Kyoto cuisine. It's in the centre of town, one block north of (and parallel to) Shijō-dōri, running west off Teramachi cover…
Museum in Downtown Kyoto

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Located in an old elementary school building, this museum is the perfect introduction to the art of manga (Japanese comics). It has 300,000 manga in its collection, 50,000 of which are on display in the Wall of Mang…
Area in Downtown Kyoto

Ponto-chō

There are few streets in Asia that rival this narrow pedestrian-only walkway for atmosphere. Not much to look at by day, the street comes alive at night, with wonderful lanterns, traditional wooden exteriors, and el…
Museum in Downtown Kyoto

Kyoto Ukiyo-e Museum

Opened in 2017, this one-room museum displays a selection of ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) by some of Japan's most well-known artists, including Hiroshige Utagawa, Utamaro Kitagawa and Hokusai Katsushika. Ukiyo-e is sa…
Buddhist Temple in Downtown Kyoto

Mibu-dera

Mibu-dera was founded in 991 and belongs to the Risshū school. It houses tombs of pro-shogunate Shinsen-gumi members, who fought bloody street battles resisting the forces that succeeded in restoring the emperor in …
Museum in Downtown Kyoto

Museum of Kyoto

This museum is worth visiting if a special exhibition is on (the regular exhibits are not particularly interesting and don’t have much in the way of English explanations). On the 1st floor, the Roji Tempō is a recon…
Museum in Downtown Kyoto

Shiori-an

Located in a large merchant’s house, this kimono-shop-museum walks visitors through the architecture of a traditional building built in the daibeizukuri style. You can also see the back part of the house that was co…
Buddhist Temple in Downtown Kyoto

Rokkaku-dō

This tucked-away temple makes for a worthy detour when hitting the boutiques and restaurants downtown. The name refers to its unique hexagonal shape, and it is considered the birthplace of ikebana (art of flower arr…
Museum in Downtown Kyoto

Kaleidoscope Museum of Kyoto

This one-room museum is filled with unexpected wonders in a wide variety of kaleidoscopes. Not sure who will enjoy this more, children or the adults trying to keep them entertained. It’s right behind the Museum of K…