KYOTO

Kyoto

From ancient temples and shrines to the iconic maiko, Kyoto is considered the cultural heart of Japan by many. You can also find areas of modernity such as Kyoto Station and the Kyoto International Manga museum. 

SPRING IN KYOTO

10 Must-See Sakura Spots in Kyoto

10 Must-See Sakura Spots in Kyoto

Although Kyoto is a fantastic destination any time of year, first time travelers to this treasure of a city should strongly consider visiting in the spring. Imagine the sight of Kyoto’s thousands of temples and shrines surrounded by sakura, or maybe even catching a glimpse of a geisha...

Great Spots for Plum Blossoms in Kansai

Great Spots for Plum Blossoms in Kansai

You know that winter is ending at last when you start seeing ume or plum blossoms. Some of the earliest blooming flowers in Japan, you may even see hardy ume blooming while there is still snow on the ground! They come in a variety of cultivars, the colors of which include creamy whites and pinks...

 

MUST-SEE SHRINES AND TEMPLES

Let's Go! A Walk-Through Guide to the Fushimi Inari Shrine

Let's Go! A Walk-Through Guide to the Fushimi Inari Shrine

Located in the entrancing city of Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is home to the famed tunnel of a thousand torii gates. Used as the setting for the movie Memoirs of a Geisha, this shrine is often ranked as the number one most popular sightseeing destination among tourists visiting Japan....

Saiho-ji: how to visit Kyoto's Moss Temple

Saiho-ji: how to visit Kyoto's Moss Temple

The stunning garden of Saiho-ji Temple is a must-see while in Kyoto. However, you’ll need...

Improve Your Luck at These Seven Kyoto Shrines

Improve Your Luck at These Seven Kyoto Shrines

Kyoto is home to an incredible number of temples and shrines. According to a survey conducted by...

Photogenic Kyoto: a Photographer's One-Day Plan

Photogenic Kyoto: a Photographer's One-Day Plan

Get your cameras ready! This one-day plan takes you around some of Kyoto's most beautiful spots...

 

ENJOY KYOTO'S SIGNATURE TASTES

Kyoto's Amazing Matcha Sweets

Kyoto's Amazing Matcha Sweets

It wasn’t so long ago that matcha was relatively unknown outside of Japan. Now in something of a matcha boom, this vibrantly green tea has been steadily gaining popularity abroad. So if you’re a fan in the mood for something matcha while traveling through Japan, then the best place to...

Matcha Tea From Master Craftsmen

Matcha Tea From Master Craftsmen

by SHUN GATE Originally published February 2016  Uji matcha tea is made in the southern region of Kyoto Prefecture. Matcha tea is a kind of green tea and is deeply embedded in Japan’s traditions and culture as the tea used in the country’s tea ceremony.  Tea is...

 

PLANS & EXPERIENCES

Maiko Henshin at Studio Shiki

Maiko Henshin at Studio Shiki

Maiko (舞妓) are young women who have decided to embark on the rigorous training process of becoming a geiko (芸妓; Kyoto dialect for geisha). Even though they are effectively the face of Kyoto both in Japan and abroad, there is still much mystery that surrounds their profession....

A One-Day Walking Guide to the Higashiyama Area and Gion

A One-Day Walking Guide to the Higashiyama Area and Gion

It's easy to spend an entire day exploring the beautiful area known as Higashiyama. To...

Where to Go on Your First Day in Kyoto

Where to Go on Your First Day in Kyoto

This one-day plan will take you by bus and train to three of Kyoto's most iconic locations:...

Kyoto Tasting Tour: Nishiki Market

Kyoto Tasting Tour: Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is known as the kitchen of Kyoto. This street is home to some 130 stores that...

 

SAKURA SPOTS

Sakura at Hirano Shrine
Sakura at Hirano Shrine
Sakura at Nijo Castle
Sakura at Nijo Castle
Omurozakura at Ninna-ji Temple
Omurozakura at Ninna-ji Temple
Sakura at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Sakura at Kyoto Gyoen National Garden
Sakura at Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto)
Sakura at Kiyomizu-dera Temple (Kyoto)
Sakura at Shimogamo Nakaragi Road
Sakura at Shimogamo Nakaragi Road
Sakura at Arashiyama
Sakura at Arashiyama
Sakura at Shimogamo Nakaragi Road
Sakura at Shimogamo Nakaragi Road

SCENIC AREAS

Chikurin-no-Michi
Chikurin-no-Michi
Gion
Gion
Tetsugakunomichi
Tetsugakunomichi
Sanneizaka
Sanneizaka
Maruyama Park
Maruyama Park
Togetsukyo bridge
Togetsukyo bridge
Kyoto Tower
Kyoto Tower
 

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