In this article I’ll tell you about a trip to Kyoto – how to plan a visit to this city, how to get there, where to stay and what to see in 1.2 or 3 days.

Kyoto – the ancient capital of Japan, it was here that the Emperor’s residence was located until the end of the 19th century. Kyoto is famous for its tradition, and this is the first thing that attracts tourists to this city.

How to get to Kyoto

There is no airport in Kyoto itself, the closest is Osaka Airport. Find flights to Osaka

From Osaka to Kyoto, you can get on the JR train (covered by the JR Pass ) in about half an hour or by taxi / transfer. Private transfer – from $ 280 per car, shuttle – from $ 180 for 1 person. You can find the transfer through the form below:

If you are flying in and the airports to Tokyo Narita , then to get the best high-speed train (shinkansen). The Tokyo-Kyoto route takes about 3 hours, the fare on Shinkansen is 13,000-15,000 yen (about $ 120), for $ 276 you can buy jrpass (price for a weekly ticket, a two-week ticket is about $ 440) and use JR trains without restrictions. Shinkansen leaves from Tokyo Station and arrives at Kyoto Station.

Kyoto Hotels

Kyoto hotels
Traditional ryokan room

Kyoto has a large selection of hotels – both classic and capsule hostels (in more detail) and traditional ryokans. We stayed in the traditional ryokan Nishikiro , it is literally a stone’s throw from the train station and a large shopping center. In traditional ryokans on the floor – tatami, and you need to sleep on futons. Roughly speaking, you sleep on the floor on the mattress 🙂 If you are ready to pay $ 150 for this, then I recommend booking such a hotel for at least one night.

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Kyoto Attractions

Attractions Kyoto

For sightseeing in Kyoto, I recommend planning at least two days, better – more (our route in Japan can be found here ). The main attractions of Kyoto are: the Imperial Palace with a park, the Golden Pavilion, the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple (Temple of Pure Water), the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Gion Geisha district. For details about all the attractions that you can visit in 1.2 or 3 days, I wrote in a separate article:


Sights of Kyoto: what to see in 1, 2 or 3 days.


To better plan your trip to Kyoto and Japan, check out other helpful articles too:

Tokyo Guide: How to Travel to Tokyo

Prices in Japan: housing, food, transportation

Food in Japan: something to try

What to bring from Japan: shopping and souvenirs


Where to go from Kyoto

The most popular travel destinations from Kyoto:

where to go from kyoto

  1. Nara (deer city), on the journey about 30 minutes by train, wrote in more detail about him in an article about the sights of Kyoto.
  2. Osaka is a vibrant, neon, rave city in Japan. In addition, there is the entertainment park Universal Studios . Read about Osaka here .
  3. Himeji and White Heron Castle. One of Japan’s business cards. About an hour from Kyoto. Details here .
  4. Mount Fuji and Lake Kawaguchiko. It is better to go here from Tokyo, but with a great desire you can go from Kyoto. Details here .

This is where I end. I hope this short article was useful and helped you plan your trip to the ancient capital of the country of the Rising Sun. Leave your additions and questions in the comments, and please like the post!

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