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51+ Things to Do in Kyoto

Kyoto is famous for being one of the older, more traditional cities of Japan that survived the war, and real talk: there is so much to see in Kyoto. It was actually quite overwhelming to be there, to love everything we saw, and to want to see more when there was so much! However, good planning and narrowing down what you want to see can be a big help in curating your trip.

Here are 51+ things to do in Kyoto to get the most out of your time in Japan’s ancient capital.

Places to See




The Gion District is the most popular because it’s known as old town Kyoto. It’s quite a bit more touristy than the rest of the city but you do get to see a lot of old buildings and come across a lot of nice shrines.

That’s not to say that the rest of the city isn’t charming in its own way. It’s more modern but more laid back.

Some Things to Know

Kyoto is huge huge, huge – so I definitely recommend public transit. Buses are the way to go. There is a JR bus that goes around parts of the city that’s included in your JR Pass, but I could not for the life of me find a map of where it goes. I do know it goes down one of the main roads, Road #1 on a map, but that’s about it. However taking a bus is a flat fare of about 230 yen, which is not much considering the time and foot pain you save.

Have you ever been to Kyoto? What was your favourite thing to do? What was your favourite temple/shrine?

Posted on Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Destinations
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