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See Japan’s former capitol and best preserved ancient city during a spectacular Kyoto tour! If you’d like to know what to do in Kyoto, we’ve got your back! Nearly one-fifth of Japan’s National Treasures and 15% of its Important Cultural Properties are found in Kyoto. During any Kyoto trip, it’s basically impossible to not visit the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Seventeen different locations combine to create one, very important UNESCO World Heritage Site: Three shrines, thirteen temples, and one castle! Another popular activity is taking a Tokyo daytrip from Kyoto aboard one of Japan’s world-renowned high-speed trains! And, one of the best ways to see it all is in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus with wifi and an expert guide! If you truly want to experience everything the city has to offer, it’s one of the best things to do when sightseeing in Kyoto!

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Our tips for Kyoto

  • All about that paper. When nature calls, you probably won’t find one of those self-cleaning toilets with the heated seats. And, it’s rare to see toilet paper during a Kyoto trip. So, roll your own!
  • Soya Sorry! Pouring soy sauce directly onto your rice might be the quickest way to offend Japanese sensibilities. While on vacation in Kyoto, try dipping your rice into a dish of soy sauce, instead.
  • Shhh! It’s frowned upon to talk on your phone while using mass transit or in other crowded locations. In many places, it’s against the law. But, feel free to play games or browse the internet while you’re getting around during your Kyoto tour.

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Best time to visit

Weather-wise, consider booking your Kyoto sightseeing tour for March, April, October, or November. Japan’s world-renowned cherry blossom trees usually bloom in March or April. You’ll experience clear skies and encounter very little rain. Fall can be chilly during the evenings; but, temperatures are usually pretty mild. You can watch the leaves change colors and tour Kyoto without seeing a single raindrop. Summer is peak tourist season; so, you’ll encounter quite a bit of extra traffic in Kyoto. The intense heat and high humidity can create issues for those accustomed to a dry climate.

Getting around
  • For any Kyoto daytrip, the subway is your best bet. It’s fast and economical; but not all that efficient. The system seems to be geared towards the daily commute; so, you’ll soon realize that you might have to walk or even take the bus to reach some Kyoto attractions.
  • A great option is the PASMO card. This rechargeable card allows you to use the subway, light rail, and busses. You can also use it in other cities that honor it.
  • For a daytrip outside Kyoto, a Japan Rail (JR) card is a must. A 7-day pass costs the same as a round-trip ticket to Tokyo and can also be used on some of Japan’s famous high-speed trains.
Stay Safe
  • Although Kyoto might be the safest city in Japan, pick-pocketing does happen on occasion. Taking basic precautions, such as placing your wallet in your front pocket or using a money belt, will basically eliminate any risk of it happening to you.
  • In fact, Kyoto is so safe, that you could say earthquakes pose the greatest risk to your safety. And, we all know how hard it is to predict one of those.
  • Even if you follow all laws, policemen can still stop you and ask to see your identification. Make sure you have your passport on you at all times.

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