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Kyoto Travel Guide

Kyoto is a city on the island of Honshu and was once the capital of Japan. The city is popular for its numerous classical Buddhist temples and gardens, as well as imperial palaces, Shinto shrines, and traditional wooden houses. There is also the famous formal tradition of kaiseki dining, which consists of multiple courses of traditional dishes, and the geisha female entertainers found in the Gion district.

Things to Do in Kyoto

The Philosopher’s Walk is a canal-side path lined with cherry and maple trees, which paint a beautiful picture when they bloom in the spring, and are right next to temples like Ginkaku-ji, with its pine-framed pond, and Nanzen-ji, with a renowned Zen garden.

The famous Hillside Kyomizu-dera Temple has a huge, log-supported veranda worth visiting, as well as Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine with its tunnel-like procession of hundreds of bright-orange “torii” gates in the forest. The shogun-era Nijō Castle has elaborate wood-carved interiors, while Kinkaku-ji, the Temple of the Golden Pavilion, is coated in gold leaves. To the west, Arashiyama's bamboo grove offers tranquil walks among the towering stalks.

Best Time to Visit Kyoto

For wonderful weather and picture-perfect views, visit Kyoto during Fall (October-November) or Spring (March-May). Summers in Kyoto are hot and humid and winters are cold.

Price and Availability Index in Kyoto

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Kyoto is in April, while the cheapest month is in February. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Kyoto is in the high season in November. Kyoto has its low season in January, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.

The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Kyoto tends to be Thursday, while the most expensive day tends to be Saturday. Vacation homes in Kyoto tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Wednesdays.

The weather in Kyoto

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Kyoto. The hottest month in Kyoto is May, when temperatures peak at 98 ˚F. The coolest month is January, when temperatures drop to 27 ˚F. The wettest month in Kyoto is October with 24.16 inches of rain, while the driest month is December with 2.07 inches of rain.

Vacation Rentals in Kyoto

Choose the perfect accommodation for your trip at AllTheRooms.com. We aggregate Airbnb, Agoda, Homeaway and more. Kyoto has 5555 hotels, vacation rentals and other unique places to stay, with prices to suit budget travelers, luxury travelers and everything in between. For those traveling on a budget, the cheapest place to stay in Kyoto is available at $10 per night. On average, a place to stay in Kyoto will cost you $155 per night.

Those looking to get some work done during their trip to Kyoto can pick from 1243 places to stay that provide WiFi. 58 of our accommodations in include a breakfast in the price. Choose from 5 places to stay that provide gym facilities, so you won't miss a single workout. Driving to Kyoto? Then choose one of the 526 places to stay that comes with a parking spot included. We have 13 places to stay that have a pool or jacuzzi.

Those traveling with a dog, cat or some other animal can stay in one of 32 accommodations that are designated as pet-friendly.

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