To get a real feel for the various sights, sounds and textures of Kyoto, pull on some comfortable shoes and discover nearby neighborhoods like Nishiki Market, Kyoto, and Kamigyo.
To really get a feel for Kyoto, visit one of its museums and theaters. Find the treasures kept in the many fascinating museums such as Costume Museum, the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts and the Nishijin Textile Center. Often talked about galleries, include the Hosomi Art Museum and the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. See a couple of the exciting live shows at Gion Corner and Kyoto Kaikan.
If you are looking for great family fun, head to the children’s attractions. Take photos, walk past the many exhibits and learn about animal biodiversity at the Kyoto Municipal Zoo.
There are many beautiful natural destinations here so don’t miss the chance to get outdoors. Keen gardeners enjoy destinations such as Maruyama Park, the Kyoto Imperial Park and Shoseien Garden. There is a charming atmosphere here as well as well-tended botanical displays.
While you are here, stop at the nearby local attractions such as Kiyomizu Temple, Doshisha University and Nanzenji Temple. These spots are much-loved by travellers from all the corners of the globe. If you’re a history buff, Kyoto’s past has been beautifully preserved at Nijo Castle, the Sento Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
At the end of a busy day exploring the streets of Nishijin, stay the night at one of the area’s bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or short-stay apartments. The Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa, the Hotel Granvia Kyoto and the Hotel Monterey Kyoto are just three of the most popular accommodation options here.