Kyoto

53°
48° - January
50° - February
57° - March
68° - April
76° - May
82° - June
89° - July
92° - August
84° - September
74° - October
63° - November
53° - December
Dec avg
$142
Avg Hotel
$1,195
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Kyoto, Japan is a little like a trifle. Yes, yes, it makes for one sweet vacation and, just like dessert, you'll want to go back for seconds. But, our analogy goes much, much deeper. At first glance, it may just seem like an ordinary, glass-and-steal, bustling, chaotic city. However, if you scrape off those modern layers, what's underneath is one of the culturally rich cities in the world. Second only to Rome for World Heritage Sites, Kyoto's collection of shrines and temples is magnificent. Since Kyoto was the once the capital of Japan from 794 until 1868 and home to some of the most prominent emperors, shoguns and monks, it has an incredible collection of palaces, shrines, and temples. Like much of Japan, Kyoto is constantly growing and evolving with the modern world, but many of the early architecture and landmarks remain. Although its ancient ambiance is what makes Kyoto so unique, there are some benefits to the modern world creeping in. Kyoto is a massive city with tourist attractions spread across many miles, so their easy to use public and private transportation systems are lifesavers.
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The Geisha District

Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. It is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain.
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The Museum of Kyoto

You will learn about the history and culture of this wonderful city in this museum! You will enjoy tons of art. Plus, you can do crafts and see a movie.
Cost: $500 yen. Special Exhibits may be an additional charge.
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Gion Theater

This theater features seven different shows, all from the culture. Choose from dance performances, music, comedy, and more. Each show is approximately an hour and is sure to be a hit!
Cost: 3150 yen
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Haru Cooking Class

Take a cooking class to learn how to cook traditional Japanese dishes. No need to be an expert chef to participate! Plus, you'll learn more about this wonderful culture while you are cooking. A must if you are visiting Kyoto.
Cost: 3150 yen
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Language

Japanese

Currency

[JPY] Japanese Yen

Airports

Kansai International Airport [KIX]