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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“Hours 10:00am-5:00pm (For an entry, until 4:30) Closed Tuesday Year-end and new year 12/29-1/2.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“From Nyosui Kan, take City bus No. 9 bound for Kyoto station. Approx. 20-25 by bus.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Electronics Store
“ヨドバシカメラ(Yodobashi Camera) The largest consumer electronics retailers in Kyoto .”
  • 54 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Transportation
“Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street claims to be the longest in Japan. The covered arcade stretches more than two kilometers, starting approximately from Tenjimbashi-suji Rokuchome Subway Station and leading south until close to the Tenjinbashi Bridge. The shopping street has a neighborhood atmosphere and is where many locals shop for a huge variety of goods such as groceries, clothes, shoes, books, medicine, snacks and sundries. Prices for fashion products are relatively low in return for average quality. There are also many eateries and cafes.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Park
“A beautiful narrow street filled with various restaurants that is bound to fill your appetite. This place is more than worthy to take a few photos of, especially in the night time.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Exhibit
“In this zoo, we can feel rich nature of Kyoto and learn the relation of Homo sapiens and the wild animals. You can really sense the forest of Kyoto bodily, seeing the zoo. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Place of Worship
“Higashi-Honganji Temple is one of the biggest temple located near Kyoto Station. Entrance fee: Free Distance: 20minutes' walk from Kogane-an Opening hours: 5:50~17:30”
  • 49 locals recommend
History Museum
“It it one of the famous large parks. You can play soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball and so on. In spring, you can enjoy hanami.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Shrine
“The Kamo Shrines, Shimogamo Shrine and Kamigamo Shrine, are both recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are two of the most important and oldest shrines in Kyoto. In fact, the Kamo Shrines even predate the city's establishment as national capital in 794. Throughout the thousand years that Kyoto served as Japan's capital city, the Imperial Court patronized the shrines as establishments dedicated to the city's protection and prosperity. Shimogamo Shrine (下鴨神社, Shimogamo Jinja, "Lower Kamo Shrine") is located at the junction of the Takano and Kamo rivers. It is surrounded by the Tadasu no Mori, a forest which was preserved during the modernization of the city and contains trees that are up to 600 years old.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art is second oldest public museum in Japan. It was designed by Japanese architect Kenjiro Maeda and constructed in 1933. You can see Japanese tradition design in western influence. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Kyoto Botanical Garden is the oldest botanical garden in Japan with over 120,000 plants.It is a favorite place for visitors to Kyoto and Kyotoites themselves to stroll and picnic, especially in spring for the cherry blossom season and in fall for the autumn leaves.Regular light ups at night also attract people and a good place to keep warm in winter is at the spectacular conservatory.It is divided into various sections:Bamboo Garden,Bonsai Exhibit,Camellia Garden,Cherry Trees,European Style Garden,Flower Bed,Hydrangea Garden,Japanese Iris Garden,Japanese Native Plants, Lotus Pond,Nakaragi-no-mori Pond,Peony Garden,Perennial and Useful Plants Garden,Sunken Garden;and Uma Grove. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Kodaiji Temple, an other must-see destination, has outstanding zen gardens! Distance: 13 minutes' walk Opening hours: open every day, 9:00~17:30 (during fall open until 21:30; night illumations) Entrance fee: Adults:600JPY, Students:250JPY and free for children”
  • 37 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Department Store
“"Takashimaya Shopping Center" Takashimaya is very famous department store. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Museum
“Highly recommend this beauty of a museum designed by I.M. Pei if you are staying in Kyoto for more than a couple days. A great day trip out to Shiga prefecture. Please check their website for directions and opening hours. May be closed during winter time.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Buddhist Temple
“Chion-in Temple is famous for its main entrance gate which is one of the biggest wooden gates in Japan. Distance: 19 minutes' walk Opening hours: 10:00~17:00 Entrance fee: free”
  • 23 locals recommend
Market
“Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba) is a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi. Nishiki Market has a pleasant but busy atmosphere that is inviting to those who want to explore the variety of culinary delights that Kyoto is famous for. The stores found throughout the market range in size from small narrow stalls to larger two story shops. Most specialize in a particular type of food, and almost everything sold at the market is locally produced and procured.”
  • 48 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences