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Katsura is located 20 miles to the northeast of Itami Airport and 4 miles southwest of the Kyōto city center.
Ready to do some exploring? Kaju-ji Temple and Anraku-ji Temple are great if you don't want to stray too far away. Many fellow travelers usually recommend Otoyo Shrine and Shimabara Wachigaiya. Nearby neighborhoods, like Muko and Minami, are also worth exploring.
From here, it's roughly 5 miles to one of the country's top sights, Kiyomizu Temple.
Make sure you spend time at Heian Shrine and Gion Corner while you are touring the city center. Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sanjusangendo Temple are a few more options.
Make your way to a few cultural attractions to gain a better understanding of the region. Kyoto Art Center, Shogunzuka Mound and Kamishichiken Kabukai come highly recommended.
Well-respected art galleries include Ryukoku Museum, Raku Art Museum and Kyoto National Museum. Admire the collections and find out about the artists.
Ask about group tours and special exhibits at Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum, Kyoto Municipal Museum Of School History, Horino Memorial Museum and Seiwemon Onishi Museum. You're certain to find something everyone in the family will appreciate.
See a live performance at Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre, Pontocho's Kaburenjo Theater, GEAR - Art Complex 1928 and Soushunan. You'll want to book your passes as soon as you can.
Tin Toy and Doll Museum and Kyoto Aquarium will keep your little travelers occupied and give you an overdue break.
Spend a few hours at Arashiyama Monkey Park and Iwatayama Monkey Park to introduce your kids to some fascinating creatures.
Head outside and immerse yourself in the picturesque natural areas of Shusuitei Tea House, Keishuin Garden, Taizo-in Garden and Okochi Sanso.
Have a picnic on the grass at one of the nearby green spaces, including Sesshuji Temple, Shinsenen, Taizo-in Garden and Shoryujijo Park.
To stock up on supplies or enjoy a snack, browse Aeon Mall Kyoto and Yumeyakata.
Horino Memorial Museum, Karamon Gate, Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine and Shoryujijo Park have so many stories to tell. History nerd or not, you'll definitely find out something at these time-weathered sites.
Unryuin Temple, Shinzenkoji Temple, Rokudochinnoji Temple and Hoto-ji Temple offer vacationers an opportunity to see the region's religious side.
Spend some time at Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium, snap some photos and shout for the Kyoto Sanga FC. Make sure you wear the team's colors of purple and white.
When a place is as popular as Katsura, it's not surprising that there is a comprehensive range of hotel deals to select from. You'll find 347 Katsura lodgings on Expedia's convenient hotel booking pages.
For those interested in finding a room or suite at the premier end of the range, check out the rates at the Hiiragiya Ryokan, at Nakahakusancho, or the Ryokan Yoshida-sanso, at 59-1 Yoshida Shimo-ooji-cho, Sakyo-ku. If those don't appeal, be sure to check out the Oyama Guest House Kyoto, at 31-7 Miyanogo-cho, and the Station Ryokan Sparkling Dolphins Kyoto, at 56 Kamigoryo-cho, Higashikujo, two more budget-friendly options.
Guests of Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto can walk 7 minutes to Kyoto Station or use the hotel's free shuttle service. Nearby attractions include Kyoto Tower, Nishihonganji Temple, and Kyoto Aquarium.
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Art Center and Nijo Castle. Kyoto Imperial Palace and Higashi Honganji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Toji Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Kyoto, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kyoto Art Center, Nijo Castle, and Higashi Honganji Temple. Kyoto Imperial Palace and Gion Corner are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto TERRSA and Kyoto Tower. Higashi Honganji Temple and Toji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Kyoto, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Higashi Honganji Temple and Kyoto Tower. Kiyomizu Temple and Nijo Castle are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Honnoji Temple and Gion Corner. Nijo Castle and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within 2 mi (3 km).