Your ultimate guide to Kyoto

Explore the ancient capital's unmissable sights, eats, nightlife, culture and shops – in association with Crea

The Perfect Day in Kyoto
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The Perfect Day in Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with more temples and treasures than anyone could hope to see in a lifetime. Presuming you are not here that long, we’ve distilled the very best of the city into one perfect day. From sunrise to the early hours – here’s how to do Kyoto right.

Eating & Drinking

Sweet Dreams
Shopping

Sweet Dreams

When the relentless summer heat hits the streets of Kyoto, you’ll be sure to appreciate these refreshingly cool Japanese desserts

The Bean Scene
Restaurants

The Bean Scene

Meet the city’s coffee masters – the roasters and baristas that have helped Kyoto’s coffee culture flourish

Made in Kyoto
Shopping

Made in Kyoto

Want to take home a piece of the real Kyoto? You won’ t find these unique items anywhere else

Obanzai
Restaurants

Obanzai

For a taste of home cooking, Kyoto style, don’t miss the chance to dine at an obanzai restaurant

Nightlife

The best clubs
Nightlife

The best clubs

Dance your night away at these clubs in Kyoto

Kyoto's best bars
Bars and pubs

Kyoto's best bars

Try vintage calvados, jam to jazz tunes or down wasabi vodka – here’s where to get your drink on in Kyoto

Art & Culture

The city's best bookshops
Shopping

The city's best bookshops

Turn off that screen – here's where you can find English books in Kyoto

Best sights and museums
Art

Best sights and museums

Museums, galleries, temples and shrines – here are the places you have to visit

The outsider
Art

The outsider

Tokyo-born artist Shun Kawakami on making Kyoto his second home

Mutsumi Tsuzaki's perfect day in Kyoto
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Mutsumi Tsuzaki's perfect day in Kyoto

Marimba performer and essayist Mutsumi Tsuzaki was born and raised in Kyoto. She takes us on a tour of her favourite places in her hometown

Travel & Hotels

New hotels in Kyoto
Hotels

New hotels in Kyoto

Looking for places to stay in Kyoto? Book a stay at one of these new hotels

A walking tour of Osaka
Things to do

A walking tour of Osaka

Find out why Japan's street food capital offers more than just a castle and takoyaki

Play Kyoto

Kimonos and tea ceremonies – explore traditional Kyoto
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Kimonos and tea ceremonies – explore traditional Kyoto

Feel the history and cultural depth of Japan's ancient capital

Visit a 'detective bar' or travel back into old Japan at a samurai theme park
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Visit a 'detective bar' or travel back into old Japan at a samurai theme park

Explore some of Kyoto's quirkier sides

A bar with a grave or a spooky old school?
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A bar with a grave or a spooky old school?

Follow in the footsteps of a samurai hero or check out artsy classrooms

Eat at Japan's oldest soba joint before rocking out at Taku Taku
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Eat at Japan's oldest soba joint before rocking out at Taku Taku

These two Kyoto classics couldn't be more different

Cormorant fishing and revolutionary bathing
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Cormorant fishing and revolutionary bathing

See the traditions of Kyoto come to life in these clips