Japan’s formal capital, Kyoto will make a great holiday destination for those keen to be at the centre of the action and wish to experience true Japanese culture. Each year, Kyoto attracts millions of tourists who are keen to find explore Kyoto’s heritage – and of course, the delicious cuisine that it has become famed for. If you’re keen to fill up your itinerary for your Japanese adventure, the good news is that you’ll only be a train ride away from the current Japanese capital of Tokyo.

One of the best ways to see Kyoto is by bike – and there are plenty of tours you can book once you arrive to see the city from a different perspective. During your ride, you’ll get the chance to see some of the city’s most famous sites and even peddle the downtown streets where you’ll come across some of the city’s wonders, such as its arts and crafts society. While Kyoto has been at the centre of innovation in recent years, tradition remains in the form of local artisans crafting their works for all to see.

Taking a step away from the bustling city, you may wish to get a feel for Japan’s religious spirit by getting up close and personal with some of the city’s striking temples and shrines. Some of the most popular buildings include Kinkaku-ji (most famously known as the Golden Pavilion) and the towering Higashi Hongan-ji.

If you’re a foodie, you won’t be disappointed with the delicious cuisine that Kyoto has to offer. Make sure you visit Nishiki Market (‘Kyoto’s kitchen’), which is packed with everything you could ever wish for to tickle your tastebuds including the country’s finest restaurants, cosy cocktail bars, fast food outlets and street food.

What is the currency in Kyoto?

The national currency for Kyoto is the Japanese Yen.

How long does it take to fly to Kyoto?

It takes approximately 12 hours and 18 minutes to fly from London to Kyoto.

What is the time difference in Kyoto?

GMT + 9 hours.

When is the best time to visit Kyoto?

The best time to visit Kyoto would be between the months of March-May and September-November when temperatures are milder in comparison to the unbearably hot summer. Do be aware that this is typically the busiest time with tourists.

What language is spoken in Kyoto?

The native language in Kyoto is Japanese.



Regardless of the time of year, expect a rather temperate climate, The summers are hot and rainy, while winters are mild. During the summer months of July and August, you can expect highs on average of 33 degrees Celsius, while the winter has average lows of around 9 degrees Celsius.

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Jan 5°c
Feb 6°c
Mar 9°c
Apr 14°c
May 19°c
Jun 23°c
Jul 27°c
Aug 29°c
Sep 24°c
Oct 18°c
Nov 13°c
Dec 7°c