KYOTO – ANCIENT JAPAN. CULTURE. MODERN. BEAUTIFUL. CAPITAL.
Kyoto has a lot to offer and you should plan at least 2 full days, but rather ideally 3 days minimum to discover the sights. Here is a top list of things to do in Kyoto.
– Golden Pavilion – Kinkakuji.
– Arashiyama Bamboo Grove Garden
– Ryoan-Ji – Dry Rock Japanese Garden.
– Gion – Geisha District.
– Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
– Kyomizu Temple
– Pontocho – ancient city
– Nishiki Market
And many more!
As said, plan at least 2-3 days so that you can enjoy this beautiful city. Even though it seems like a huge megapolis, Kyoto is more laid back and you can find a lot of quiet places where you can just relax. Lots of Japanese Gardens can be found here! One advice is also to rent a bike and try to focus on one are a day. You can just cruise down the streets and drop by shrines and temples, or gardens, grab some Japanese snacks and enjoy the view.
Kyoto is easily reached by train (shinkansen, 15min) from Osaka or Tokyo, and by metro from Osaka (1h). The very next airport is located in Osaka. People here in Kyoto seem to be more open and seem to have a better command of English, due to the tourists coming each year. Also make sure that you can enjoy very traditional Japanese food here best.