Kyoto - The Cultural & Historical Soul Of Japan

Take one of our best Kyoto tour packages and get plenty of special and memorable experiences. Kyoto is known as one of the charming and well-preserved cities where offers a cultural and historical taste of old Japan. Travelling to Kyoto, you will have a great opportunity to have a glimpse into Japan’s culture and history by visiting highlighted attractions such as Nijo Castle where is famous for its impressive building – Ninomaru Palace, the Fushimi-Inari Shrine, the Golden Pavilion - Kinkaku-Ji, Gion's Geishas, Nishiki Market, Sagano Bamboo Groves and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple - an important UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Kyoto travel guide information

Kyoto Quick Facts

Kyoto is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture and this city was the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. This city is situated in the Kansai region.

In Japanese, this city was previously called “Kyo” or “Kyo no Miyako”. However, the city was renamed “Kyoto” during the 11th century.

Kyoto is home to more than 1,000 Buddhist temples. This city is also well-known as the mother of all shrines in Japan. Some of the famous temples and shrines are the Fushimi-Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, Kinkakuji temple and Kifune Shrine and Tenryu-Ji temple, to name a few.

In 2019, this city had a population of around 1,463,444 people in a total area of approximately 827.83 km2 (319.63 sq mi).

This is a perfect destination to gain an insightful view into the culture of Japan since there are 17 world heritage properties in Kyoto.

Kyoto is also very famous for its amazing festivals. Three major festivals of this city are the Aoi-matsuri Festival, the Gion-matsuri Festival & the Jidai-Matsuri Festival.

Best time to visit Kyoto, japan

Kyoto is a year-round destination for visiting. However, the best time to visit Kyoto is during the spring season (from March to May) and fall season (October and November) when the weather is rather pleased with the mild temperatures. If possible, you should avoid travelling during Golden Week (from late April to early May) as this is the biggest travel week.

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Ancient Trails to Heart of Japan

Ancient Trails to Heart of Japan

3 days

During Japan’s feudal times, the Nakasendo trail through the central mountains and Kiso Valley was one of the main ancient highways that connected Edo (present-day Tokyo) with Kyoto. Travelers would take several days to travel and trade between the cities while staying overnight in post town’s...

3 days
Kyoto→Kiso valley→Kyoto
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Kansai Cycling Tour

Kansai Cycling Tour

5 days

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the cultural capital of Kyoto with crowds of tourists and escape to the outskirts and neighboring towns of the Kansai region of Japan, where your cycling adventure will take place. On this tour, you will enjoy 5 days of pedaling your bike through the natural...

5 days
Kyoto→Ohara→Otsu→Uji→Nara
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Romantic Honeymoon in Japan

Romantic Honeymoon in Japan

7 days

Home to an exotic and inspiring culture with a variety of unique and memorable experiences, Japan is without doubt a favorite destination for newlywed couples who are in search of a new journey of their life. On this 7-day Japan tour, we are delighted to offer honeymooners a short but not less...

7 days
Tokyo→Shuzenji→Kyoto
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Essential Japan

Essential Japan

10 days

A memorable and amazing trip that gives an insightful glimpse of Japan’s rich culture and history combined with a ton of fantastic and hands-on travel experiences. This 10-day comprehensive tour in Japan takes you in the nation’s ancient and modern charms, traversing throughout the most popular...

10 days
Tokyo→Kanazawa→Kyoto→Hiroshima→Osaka
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Sweet Love in Japan

Sweet Love in Japan

12 days

If what a honeymoon or couple trip you’re dreaming of is all about exploring a new exotic culture, admiring unusual nature wonders and enjoying time on several fine white beaches, why not spending your special holiday in Japan, one of the best destinations in Asia for couples? On this...

12 days
Tokyo→Kyoto→Miyakojima Island→Tokyo
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A Fusion of Japan

A Fusion of Japan

13 days

A fusion of old and new, Japan is a fascinating blend of intriguing culture, ancient traditions and scenic natural marvels that await you to uncover. From the pulsating metropolis of Tokyo to the food capital of Osaka, indulge in 13 days exploring the heart of Japan with tons of unique travel...

13 days
Tokyo→Matsumoto→Kiso valley→Takayama→Kyoto→Koyasan→Osaka
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Japan Family Adventure

Japan Family Adventure

13 days

For those who are traveling with families and kids, Japan is a promising destination for a wonderful family holiday, not only fun but also educational. Delivering a lot of excitement, this all-encompassing 13-day tour takes you through some of must-visit cities and hidden gems of Japan, combined...

13 days
Tokyo→Hakone→Hiroshima→Osaka→Kyoto
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Hassle-free Family Tour in Japan

Hassle-free Family Tour in Japan

14 days

Dubbed as the Land of Rising Sun with an enchanting tapestry of cultural heritage and natural beauty, Japan is one of Asia’s top choice destinations for family holidays, typically trips with kids. Our 14-day hassle-free Family Tour in Japan is a perfect combination of fun yet educational lessons...

14 days
Tokyo→Kanazawa→Hiroshima→Miyajima→Kyoto
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Unseen gems & sublime beauty of Japan

Unseen gems & sublime beauty of Japan

15 days

Prepare yourself for two unforgettable weeks of exploration and discovery in Japan that gives you an insightful glimpse into the rich and ancient Japanese culture. Through this incredible 15-day tour, you will traverse throughout the iconic cities included in most Japan tours, such as Kyoto,...

15 days
Kyoto→Takamatsu→Kotohira→Matsuyama→Okayama→Kumamoto→Nagasaki→Fukuoka→Osaka
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Taste of Japan

Taste of Japan

15 days

Designed with local expertise, this all-encompassing tour provides visitors to Japan valuable insight into the long history and exotic culture of Japanese, as well as the country’s charming arts and natural wonders. During 15 days that full of fun and enjoyment, this special trip not only takes...

15 days
Tokyo→Hakone→Takayama→Shirakawago→Kanazawa→Hiroshima→Kyoto
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Western Wonders of Japan

Western Wonders of Japan

15 days

Discover the treasure trove of wonders that lie in the western of Japan on an exciting 15-day tour. Starting from the hustle and bustle of the capital city Tokyo, let’s spend time traveling back in time to the ancient Edo period as you take an in-depth look at UNESCO-heritage Kyoto and the...

15 days
Tokyo→Kiso valley→Kyoto→Iya valley→Takamatsu→Hiroshima→Takachiho→Kagoshima→Yakushima
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