Nishiki Market, Kyoto and Shimogyo, are nearby suburbs which are also worth touring.
To really understand Kyoto, head to one of its fabulous cultural destinations. Spend a quiet afternoon browsing the exhibits at Costume Museum, the Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts and the Nishijin Textile Center. There are some popular galleries to visit near here. In particular, don’t miss the Hosomi Art Museum and the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. To experience the city’s dynamic artistic culture, book a show at one of the popular performance venues such as Gion Corner and Kyoto Kaikan.
If you are travelling with kids, you’ll make their day if you take them to the child-friendly attractions nearby. Animals lovers will love the amazing animal experiences at the Kyoto Municipal Zoo.
Get active out-of-doors at the many beautiful destinations nearby. Relax and enjoy the fresh air. Bring a picnic, take a few photos, or just relax in the shade at Maruyama Park, the Kyoto Imperial Park and Shoseien Garden.
Kyoto has some unique places to see such as Kiyomizu Temple, Doshisha University and Nanzenji Temple. To learn more about the local historic sights, be sure to check out Nijo Castle, the Sento Imperial Palace and the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
After enjoying the charms of Pontocho, relax for the night in one of the area’s popular bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or short-stay apartments. If you're looking for great service and a comfortable bed, be sure to check out the Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa, the Hotel Keihan Kyoto, and the popular Hotel Granvia Kyoto.