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.
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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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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