Kyoto Tourism

Situated in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan, the city of Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from the year 794 until 1868. Today, it is the country's seventh largest city. An ancient nickname for Kyoto is ‘City of Ten Thousand Shrines’. Recently, the city got famous for the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol.

Having a turbulent past, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires over the centuries. However, due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II! Now that’s something your Kyoto guide might not tell you!

Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures dot the city. Kyoto tourism involves visiting marvellous temples, grand castles, transcendent gardens, holy shrines and watching cherry blossoms from various hanami (cherry blossom viewing) spots. If you haven’t already, plan your Kyoto itinerary today! Each one of you should visit Kyoto at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Kyoto.

Essential travel information and Kyoto tips for your visit

  • Time zone: UTC+09:00
  • Currency: Japanese Yen
  • Electricity and Internet: The standard voltage in Tokyo is 100V Frequency works at 60 Hz. Wi-Fi is available in the subway stations bus stops and other public places.
  • Languages: Japanese


  • Kyoto Police: 110 (Japanese)
  • Fire/Ambulance: 119
  • University Hospital, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine: 075-251-5111
  • Misugi Kai Medical Corporation Otokoyama Hospital: 075-983-0001
  • Tipping: There is no tipping culture in Japan. You can expect impeccable services.

Other tips:

  • Do bow when people bow to you.
  • Although you will be able to communicate in English in almost all the places, street signs, information boards, store signs and menus are written in the Japanese alphabet. Do ask for help if you don’t understand what is written.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Kyoto

  • Know the pollution level of Kyoto before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 38.75 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 32.69 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 48.08 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30.77 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.93 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 35.71 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 34.38 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 32.69 (Low)
  • How safe is Kyoto for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kyoto.

    • Burglary and Theft 9.41 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 6.86 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 8.37 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 26.56 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 7.61 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 7.07 (Very Low)
    • Attacks 7.61 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 10.16 (Very Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 90.95 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 87.16 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 14.84 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.19 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 12.16 (Very Low)
    • Safety Index 87.67 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 84.41 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 42.79 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33.33 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 83.33 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.7 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kyoto

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.26 USD
    • International Movie per seat 16.37 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.84 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 75.05 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 62.03 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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