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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, Kyoto 600-8237

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (1,398 reviews)

Guests of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto can walk 7 minutes to Kyoto Station or use the hotel's free shuttle service. Nearby …

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Sakura Terrace The Gallery

Sakura Terrace The Gallery

39 Higashikujo Kamitonoda cho, Kyoto 601-8002

3.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (1,943 reviews)

Located in Minami, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Toji Temple and …

฿3,486
APA Hotel Kyotoeki-Horikawadori

APA Hotel Kyotoeki-Horikawadori

1 Aburanokoji-cho, Shiokoji-nishi,, Kyoto 600-8236

3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (1,008 reviews)

Located in Shimogyo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Toji Temple and …

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Hotel MyStays Kyoto-Shijo

Hotel MyStays Kyoto-Shijo

52 Kasaboko-cho, Aburakoji Higashi Iru, Kyoto 600-8494

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (1,763 reviews)

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto Art Center, Nijo Castle, and Higashi Honganji Temple. …

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Hiiragiya Ryokan

Hiiragiya Ryokan

Nakahakusancho, Kyoto 604-8094

3.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury ryokan is within 1 mi (2 km) of Honnoji Temple, Nijo Castle, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. …

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HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

HOTEL UNIZO Kyoto Shijo Karasuma

8 Kakkyoyamacho, Higashiiru, Kyoto 600-8493

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (849 reviews)

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto Art Center, Nijo Castle, and Higashi Honganji Temple. …

฿2,843
Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen Ryokan Hanaikada

Kyoto Arashiyama Onsen Ryokan Hanaikada

Minami-tsume, Togetsu-kyo, Arashiyama, Kyoto 616-0004

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Located in Arashiyama, this romantic ryokan is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Togetsukyo Bridge and within 3 mi (5 km) of Saihoji Templ …

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Centurion CABIN & SPA KYOTO

Centurion CABIN & SPA KYOTO

68-2, Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto

2.5 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (574 reviews)

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto Art Center, Nijo Castle, and Gion Corner. Higashi Honganj …

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Kyoto Granbell Hotel

Kyoto Granbell Hotel

27 Yamatocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0802

Located in Gion, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kenninji Temple, Kiyomizu Temple, and Gion Corner. Sanjusangendo Templ …

฿6,379
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei

361 Rokkaku-cho, Rokkaku-sagaru, Kyoto 604-8212

3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (431 reviews)

Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Art Center and Nijo Castle. Kyoto Imperial Palace an …

฿5,325

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About Kyoto

The former capital of Japan, Kyoto is a beautiful city that still has many traditional townhouses as well as modern skyscrapers. The city sits in a valley in the Tamba highlands and has much to offer visitors, with numerous hotel options from which to enjoy the city, like the top rated Kyoto Century Hotel.

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There are 17 Unesco World Heritage sites in Kyoto, with those in north-western Kyoto being the most popular due to their location. The Kinkakuji, Daitokuji, Ryoanji and Ninnaji Temples are all within a 15- to 30-minute walk of one another, though Central Kyoto’s Nijō Castle, which is made up of two palaces, beautiful gardens and numerous centuries-old structures, should also be on visitors’ itineraries.

The Imperial Park is a peaceful area right in the city heart that centres on the impressive Kyoto Imperial Palace and is also home to Sentō Imperial Palace. Katsura Imperial Villa is another beautiful palace, though permission must be obtained ahead of time to tour this stunning property.

Those into natural attractions should not miss Maruyama Park, which is the city’s main centre for cherry blossom trees. Taking a pleasant hike to the top of Mount Daimonji in Higashiyama gives visitors breath-taking views of the city. The Iwatayama Monkey Park on Mount Arashiyama is a great place to spend an afternoon with its Japanese macaque monkeys.

Restaurants and Bars

There is an abundance of places to eat and drink in Kyoto, though no one should leave without trying local dishes like hamo, tofu or yatsuhashi. Central Kyoto has the best selection of eateries where visitors can get cheap kaitenzushiya or top quality beef. Central Kyoto is also the best place to have a drink, as there are large numbers of bars, nightclubs and British and Irish pubs. Still, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto is one of the best places in the city to wine and dine.

Shopping

Many souvenir shops can be found near the Unesco World Heritage sites and other historical attractions throughout the city. The Shijō-dōri and Kawaramachi-dōri intersection is Kyoto’s main shopping centre, with the covered Teramachi Street shopping mall being the best place to shop for anime, games and comics.