Tours and Attractions

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Nishiki Market

The 700-year-old Nishiki Market is an ambush of culinary delights ranging from Kyoto’s top tofu to boiled quail egg in a baby octupus brain cavity (I know, yum). Its also home to Aritsugu knife shop – a masterchef’s dream shop.


Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera is one of Kyoto’s (and Japan’s) finest temples with breathtaking views and multiple features. However, the main hall is covered for roof renos until March 2020 so it may be a good time to visit any of the other 1600+ temples in Kyoto (see here).


Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

This stunningly photogenic bamboo grove transports you to another time and place. Its tranquillity embodies the spirit of Japan and is particularly hypnotising in a breeze when the bamboo sways


Gion Geisha District

The world of the Geisha is mysterious, fascinating and romantic. In Kyoto, it is centred around the Gion district which is particularly enchanting at night. You can also do a tour that enriches the geisha experience Gion Tour


Ninja Dojo and Store

A unique hands-on training dojo that teaches ninja techniques, handed down over 500 years. Includes a gorgeous shop with ninja antiques, kimonos and instant photos if you want to dress up.


Kaleidoscope Museum

This gorgeous, cheap, wonderful, quirky place is perfect for those who tire of regular museums. Make sure you stay a while as every hour the owners flick the switch and light the place up in a veritable kaleidoscope of colour.


Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

One of thousands of Shinto shrines dedicated to Inari, the god of rice, it is famous for the glaring torii gates, mountain trails and general greatness. Its simply a must-see in Kyoto.


Nijo Castle

Designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, Nijo Castle (Nijojo) is one of the greatest surviving examples of castle palace architecture from the Shogun feudal era. If you happen to be there from late Feb to early March you may also catch the gorgeous plum blossoms.


Handicraft Centre

Boring name but for those after gifts with a bit of class to take home, inside is a treasure trove for things like woodblock prints, yukata (cotton robes), pottery and jewellery.


Pontocho Food Alley

Considered by locals and visitors alike to be the most classically picturesque Japanese street in the city, Pontocho is a narrow alley filled with all manner of dining delights from street food to 5-star fare.


Kyoto to Tokyo Tour

If you’re low of time, big on bullet trains, love culture and want at least a glimpse of Mt Fuji, a day tour from Tokyo to Kyoto and back is possible – although a multi-day trip is recommended to explore this sensational city.


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