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Kyoto Vacations

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a thousand years, and it retains a regal air to this day. Historic buildings stand side-by-side with modern skyscrapers, with beautiful parks full of cherry and plum blossoms in between. Vacation packages to Kyoto will take you to the city that the Japanese people consider to be the most beautiful in the country.

Major Attractions

Nowhere sums up Kyoto's history like the Imperial Palace and Park. Tours of the palace must be booked in advance through the Imperial Household Agency, and are well worth making the effort. The gardens can be visited at any time, and they provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nijo Castle was a residence for the shoguns of Japan, and it's a showcase of the elaborate architecture of the time, complete with squeaking "nightingale floors" to warn of intruders. In the northern part of the city is the stunning Temple of the Golden Pavilion, one of the highlights of vacations in Kyoto. It's a good idea to rent a car in Kyoto and drive out there -- while you have a ride, you can take trips to the neighboring cities of Osaka and Kobe, which also have their charms.

Festivals and Events

Gion Matsuri is one of the biggest festivals in all of Japan, and lasts for the whole month of July. It came about as a ritual to gods of natural disasters, and is celebrated with food, traditional costumes, and parades, the biggest of which takes place on July 17. Jidai Matsuri, the festival of the ages, is held on May 15, and represents various periods throughout Japanese history.

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Tours and Activities in Kyoto

Whether you want your travel experience to be action-packed and exciting or more peaceful and calm, there's one thing for sure — you'll have loads of stories to tell when it's all over!

If sorting out an itinerary isn't your thing, don't stress — we've got your back. Kyoto has a wonderful selection of experiences. Here are some good options:

Essential Travel Information for Kyoto

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APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

3.0 out of 5.0 555, Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
5/5
(1 Reviews)
A restaurant and a bar/lounge are featured at this hotel. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the free WiFi in public areas and free Internet in public areas. A coffee shop, dry cleaning, and luggage storage are also on offer.
$60
ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

4.0 out of 5.0 Nijojo-Mae Horikawa-Dori, Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
4.8/5
(4 Reviews)
This hotel features a restaurant, an indoor pool, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 10 conference rooms, free WiFi in public areas, and free train station pick-up. Enjoy the health club and perks like free self parking and free train station drop-off.
$77
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

4.0 out of 5.0 1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
4.5/5
(4 Reviews)
This hotel features 6 restaurants, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the free WiFi in public areas, laundry service, and free train station pick-up. Unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge and enjoy perks like free self parking and free train station drop-off.

Where to stay in Kyoto

Central Kyoto: If you're contemplating staying in this area, many travelers recommend The Celecton Kyoto Horikawa Sanjo, the TSUMUGI HORIKAWAROKKAKU and the M's INN OMIYA KUROMON. And if you're in the mood for some sightseeing, pay a visit to Nijō Castle. It's a big reason so many travelers come here.

Shimogyo: You're spoiled for choice when it comes to welcoming places to stay here. For starters, look up the Nishihonganji Temple Monbo Kaikan, the Toyoko Inn Kyoto Gojo-omiya and the Kyoto Tokyu Hotel. You'll be able to get out of bed and be at exciting attractions like Kyoto Tower shortly after.

Higashiyama: There are loads of reasons to spend some time here, but one of the biggest has to be Kiyomizu Temple. Reserve a room at the Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, the Rinn Higashi Otowa or the Hotel Tozankaku and you can visit this well-known attraction whenever it suits.

Nakagyo Ward: Nakagyo Ward has everything you could hope for — an awesome vibe, top-rated hotels and interesting attractions, like Nijō Castle. Explore everything this place has to offer before relaxing in comfort at the No6 Nijo, THE MACHIYA SHINSEN-EN or the M's INN SANJO OMIYA.

Karasuma: This is the perfect place to stay if you like sightseeing. With Nishiki Market, Kyoto Tourist Information Center and Rokakkudo Temple in the one area, there's plenty of attractions to visit. When you're ready to call it a day, flop into a cozy bed at the Toyoko Inn Kyoto Shijo-karasuma, the Hotel M's Est Shijo-Karasuma or the Kyoto Shijo Takakura Hotel grandereverie.

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