Yu do-fu is one of Kyoto’s popular winter dishes.
Explore these great things to see and do in Kyoto, from beautiful temples like Kinkaku-ji to the art of Nijo-jo Castle and the sights and smells of Nishiki Food Market.
The Philosopher’s Walk is a stone path which follows the small canal between Ginkaku-ji Temple and Nanzen-ji Temple in eastern Kyoto.
Sometimes known as the ‘Kitchen of Kyoto’, Nishiki Food Market is a narrow 400m long shopping street lined by over one hundred shops and restaurants.
A landmark in western Kyoto for over 400 years, this wooden bridge spans the Katsura River in the historic Arashiyama district.
Located near Shijo Avenue between the Kamogawa River and Yasaka Shrine, Gion is the city’s historic entertainment district and is still the best place to have a chance of spotting a maiko or geisha.
A natural land bridge of white sands and green pine trees, according to legend it was created as a path to the heavens by the deity Izanagi-no-mikoto.
This is one of Japan’s most famous festivals, held in the Gion district during the whole of July.
“Kyo no Tanabata” is Kyoto’s own take on the Tanabata festival, with people writing wishes on postcards to decorate shrines and temples in the city.
It is the perfect place to sit and rest after touring the sights of the Higashiyama area and contains stroll gardens, rest houses, orchards and even restaurants.
Sometimes said to be the ultimate Japanese cuisine, Kaiseki-ryori uses fresh, seasonal and usually local ingredients which are delicately cooked to enhance their natural flavors.
Ryoan-ji Temple was built in 1450 and is most famous for its rock garden; fifteen stones carefully placed on a bed of raked white gravel.
To-ji Temple’s 5-story, 55m high pagoda has long been a Kyoto landmark and pillar of spiritual and community life. On the 21st of each month, Kobo-san fair is held in the temple grounds with stalls selling everything from antiques to food.
Over 5000 bright orange torii gates line the paths that wind over the hills behind the shrine, and a walk to the upper reaches makes for pleasant and easy hiking.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is perhaps the most popular temple in Kyoto and retains a special place in the minds of Japanese people.
Now running for many successive years, GEAR is the first non-verbal show of its kind to originate in Japan. Utilizing a range of techniques, from stage effects used in traditional Kabuki plays to the latest technology, GEAR tells a moving story set in the future and offers a mezmerising theatrical experience for people of all ages.
The first Kyoto station was built around the city which was the boundary between the inside and the outside of the Kyoto city in 1877 year.
Ninna-ji Temple is an impressive temple complex in northern Kyoto, created as a summer retreat for the Imperial Family and founded in 886.