What to Consider When Making a Kyoto Sightseeing Plan

Kyoto is an amazing place for sightseeing. There are hundreds of places to see and visit. As a matter of fact, there are too many. This can sometimes make planning a difficult task.

Kinkakuji in the snow
Kinkakuji in the snow

So read the following information to make the planning process easy and fun.

Traveling members

If there is a kid (baby), then it is a good idea to put a kid friendly place on the itinerary, for example, Kyoto Zoo and Kyoto Aquarium. If there is a member who is not familiar with long walks or bus rides, be sure to use trains/subways as much as possible, since this approach will help lessen the stress and fatigue.

Kyoto Aquarium
Kyoto Aquarium

Duration

As mentioned above, there are many places to visit in Kyoto. Thus, for people who can stay in Kyoto only for a few days, stick to the most popular spots, such as Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Nijo Castle and Arashiyama. However, some of these places (Fushimi Inari and Arashiayama in this case) require longer traveling time. If, unfortunately, only one day can be allocated for traveling in Kyoto, stick to the area near Kyoto Station.

Season

This might be the most important. Kyoto is famous for getting chilly in winter and hot and humid during summer. Be sure to check the weather information before visiting and check out the temperature. For those who plan to visit Kyoto during summer, read Items You Need For Sightseeing in Kyoto During Summer.

Order

Some popular places are only easily accessible by bus, such as Kinkakuji Temple and Ginkakuji Temple. For these spots, it is better to visit early in the morning. This will reduce the stress caused by standing on a busy bus for a long time. For instance, when visiting Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), which opens at 9:00 am, plan to get on a bus at around 8:30 am at Kyoto Station.

Eating
For those who are not familiar with Japanese food, try a gradual method. 1. Try the new food at a convenience store or a deli corner in a supermarket. 2. Get the food at a department store (the food counters are usually underground). Isetan is the closest department store to Kyoto Station (actually it is a part of the station). 3. Try restaurants at underground Kyoto Station or restaurants nearby the hotel, which have food displays.

These information can be found at our Kyoto e-Guidebook.

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