Things to Do in Kyoto – a Definitive Guide

Your ultimate guide to things to do in Kyoto. Spring, summer, autumn, winter and at night - all bases are covered.

Whilst Tokyo conjures images of a techno-futurist metropolis, Kyoto has a gentler, traditional image; it is seen as the quintessential Japanese destination – all shrines, temples, Geisha and serenity. Is this reputation accurate? Or is the world barking up the wrong tree? 

You’re going to have to decide for yourself. With our guides to things to do in Kyoto, this shouldn’t be a problem. Find out things to do in each season as well as when the sun goes down. We’ve got all bases covered. 

Things to Do in Kyoto in Spring

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Photo Credit: Tam0031 via Wikimedia Commons [CC BY 3.0]

The season of plum and cherry blossoms, festivals and celebrations, gives Kyoto an enchanting atmosphere that you’re sure to thrive on. To help you along; we’ve put together the ultimate guide to things to do in Kyoto in spring. Read on:  

Things to Do in Kyoto in Summer

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Photo Credit: daryl_mitchell via Flickr cc

It’s summer, it’s hot, what to do in Kyoto? Don’t worry about it, our detailed guide to all things to do in Kyoto in summer will help you out no end! From traditional ceremonies and events, to drinking and dining, we’ve got it all.

Things to Do in Kyoto in Autumn 

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There are a great many things to do in Kyoto generally, but especially so in autumn. The season of colored leaves offers an impressive array of seasonal activities, including autumn leaf viewing, hiking and some onsen relaxation. No matter your preference, there’s plenty to entertain you in Kyoto, so have a look at our selection and let yourself be inspired by the city’s beauty. 

Things to Do in Kyoto in Winter 

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From an outdoor “onsen” (hot spring) overlooking beautiful forests to a new year “omaturi” (festival) at a traditional shrine, Kyoto in winter will let you enjoy the most memorable “nihon-poi” (japan-ish) trip ever. 

Things to do in Kyoto in August

Shimogamo Shrine

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Former capital Kyoto is for those who want to experience traditional Japan. It boasts famous festivals (i.e. Daimonji) and over 2,000 temples and shrines. There’s plenty to do throughout the year, and August is no different. Here’s a list of things to do in Kyoto in August to keep you busy.

Things to Do in Kyoto at Night 

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Visitors to the city tend to focus on these daytime activities, overlooking the many things to do in Kyoto by night. We’re here to restore some balance by taking a look at the best thing to do in Kyoto at night.  

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Jack Heslehurst

Jack Heslehurst

Tokyo-based writer and editor, originally from the UK, with a special interest in politics, history and travel.



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