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Kyoto - Japan

Travel Tips

 

Stay

 

TRADITIONAL


Ryokan - Japanese style inn.
For luxe try the Hiiragaya Ryokan, which first opened in 1818.
www.hiiragiya.co.jp

LESS


Uemura Ryokan
Stay at the, located in a pedestrian only area of Ishibei-koji. With only three rooms available, bookings are a must.
www.booking.com/hotel/jp/ryokan-uemura.html


LUXE


Hyatt Regency Kyoto.
Designed by iconic Super Potato, the Regency is a vision of modern Japanese architecture and design.
www.kyoto.regency.hyatt.com

 

To Do

 

EXPERIENCE


Nagomi
Lunch hosted by a Japanese Family. Sign up online and a local family will elect to host you for a traditional meal.
Visit: http://www.nagomivisit.com

CYCLE


Kyoto Cycling Tour Project
Cycling tours of Kyoto sights. Best and easiest way to get around given the distance and "pro-bike" culture.
http://www.kctp.net/en/

ART


National Muesum of Modern Art
A mix of East and West, the NMOMA is one of the most highly regarded artistic institutions in Japan.

 

Eat

 

SUSHI - For the best sushi, try Ganko Sushi


RAMEN - You cannot go past the famous Ippudo for ramen.


YAKITORI - at Torito


BREAKFAST - cycle to Prinz or Cafe Bibliotic HELLO!

 

Shop

 

Although not a shopping destination, head to Toei Kyoto Studio Park for a mix of souvenirs and Japanese TV drama stars. Shopping mecca is Shijo-Dori. With a Daimaru, Takashimaya and Koto +, the strip beginning at the Shijo Station is a mix of Japanese labels, international favourites and boutique brands.

 

Pack

 

Summer


Kyoto in March through to April is Cherry Blossom season. Light layers are essential. Try our Cherry Blossom Kimono.