About Kyoto

The former capital of Kyoto embodies the refined nature of Japanese culture and dining, offering many magnificent shrines and temples as well as numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, with iconic gardens and natural beauty.

Facts about Kyoto City
Geographical size : 827.83km2
Population : 1,474,735 (2016 census)
Time zone : Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Weather : Average temperature in February; High 10°C - Low 1°C

Kyoto is the heart of Japan and a city with over a millennium of history. There are literally thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Kyoto. In addition, the tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and kimonos can also be found in the cultural center of Kyoto. We hope you will enjoy staying at this historical city of Kyoto.

The city of Kyoto attracts millions of local and international visitors seeking traditional Japanese culture, yet not far away are also expansive tea plantations, stunning hiking spots, villages of thatched-roof farmhouses, and pristine coastline.

How to Get There
Kyoto is accessible on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo, Shin-Osaka (Osaka), Nagoya and beyond. Frequent JR trains and buses also serve Kyoto. The nearest airports are Itami International Airport and Kansai International Airport. Both are in Osaka, and located between an hour and an hour and 20 minutes away.
Kyoto City is a prime destination for most travelers, and is linked to many other major cities in Japan. To reach other towns in Kyoto Prefecture and the Tango Peninsula, you'll need to take local trains and buses.

Getting around Kyoto
The compact modern city of Kyoto is a delight to stroll because it adheres to the ancient grid pattern street layout. In addition the excellent subway, rail and bus services make Kyoto the “30-minute city;” you can generally arrive at your next destination within half an hour.

Kyoto is friendly to foreign visitors
More than one million foreign visitors stay at hotels in Kyoto each year. It is easy to get around without speaking or understanding Japanese. Local people are renowned for their hospitality. According to a recent survey conducted in 2013, 95% of visitors from abroad were satisfied with their visit and 91% of them wished to come back again.

Don't Miss
  • Grand temple and shrine complexes, castles and palaces in Kyoto City and its environs
  • Sumptuous multicourse cuisine and refined traditional ryokan accommodations
  • White-sand beaches and mineral-rich hot springs on the Tango Peninsula
  • Local festivals, farmhouse stays and craft traditions in rural mountain hamlets