Kyoto in Japan

kyoto is the historic & cultural heart of Japan. you can find colorful shrines & samurai castles at every turn, and it is a welcome change from the bustle & lights of busy Tokyo.

% Arabica - Arashiyama

% Arabica - Arashiyama

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Ukyo-ku

% Arabica is some of the best coffee you can get in Kyoto, superb location...

% Arabica - Higashiyama

% Arabica - Higashiyama

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Higashiyama-ku

super-stylish artisanal coffee shop that serves some of the best coffee in Kyoto, located on a...

Akatsuki Coffee

Akatsuki Coffee

coffee

$ $$$$ coffee Sakyo-Ku

cosy hidden coffee shop that also serve delicious homemade baked goods that the owners wife...

Bijuu

Bijuu

sleep

$$$ $$ Shimogyo-ku

a beautiful boutique hotel with Japanese-inspired design, treat yourself with a stay at the suite that...

Chihana

Chihana

dinner lunch

$$$$ $ Japanese Higashiyama-ku

though it is spangled with Michelin stars this terrific kaiseki is incredibly difficult to find: a...

Clamp Coffee Sarasa

Clamp Coffee Sarasa

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Nakagyo-ku

charming Japanese coffee shop tucked away in an alley hidden behind a bush with hand-roasted coffee,...

D&Department

D&Department

lunch shop

$$ $$$ Japanese Shimogyo-ku

trendy concept store housed in a 13th-century Bukkoji temple with a Japanese cafe next door for...

Daigo-ji Temple

Daigo-ji Temple

activity culture

$ $$$$ Fushimi-ku

a gorgeous sprawling Buddhist temple complex nestled in the mountains just southeast of Kyoto, not as popular...

Efish Cafe

Efish Cafe

coffee drinks lunch

$$ $$$ international, juicery Shimogyo-ku

cosy riverside cafe that turns into a chic bar after dark, get seat at the window and...

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

culture

free Fushimi-ku

a striking important Shinto shrine, the up the sacred Mount Inari is a great & easy...

Gion Geisha District

Gion Geisha District

culture

Higashiyama-ku

this is Kyoto's most famous Geisha district, filled with shops & restaurants as well as...

Gion Niti

Gion Niti

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee, ice cream Higashiyama-ku

lovely hidden spot cafe, order the delicious shaved ice “Awayuki”: the strawberry snow disappears on your tongue...

Granbell

Granbell

sleep

$$ $$$ Higashiyama-ku

elegant boutique hotel tucked away in the narrow alleyways of Gion, combination of Japanese traditional...

Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine

activity culture

$ $$$$ Sakyo-ku

stunning Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who ruled...

Hiiragiya

Hiiragiya

sleep

$$$ $$ Nakagyo-ku

fine Ryokan where you can experience traditional Japanese hospitality at its best, run for six...

Hotel Kanra

Hotel Kanra

sleep

$$$ $$ Shimogyo-ku

serene boutique oasis with a distinct Japanese design, it’s the perfect low-key fantasy of a...

Hotel Mume

Hotel Mume

sleep

$$$ $$ Higashiyama-ku

charming unique boutique hotel set along the Shirakawa River with fantastic views of the Higashiyama mountains 

Iyuki

Iyuki

sleep

$$$ $$ Higashiyama-ku

a dreamy bed & breakfast style inn tucked away in the Maruyama Park (famous spot for...

Kaikado Café

Kaikado Café

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Shimogyo-ku

this lovely airy café is just a short stroll from Kakaido's original tea caddy workshop which was...

Kamisoe

Kamisoe

shop

$$ $$$ Kita-ku

tiny but lovely atelier by Ko Kado with beautiful & intricate stationery using original printing blocks

Kikunoi

Kikunoi

dinner lunch

$$$$ $ Japanese Higashiyama

beautiful serene traditional Japanese restaurant hidden away in the mountains, best Kaiseki restaurant in the world with...

Kiln

Kiln

dinner lunch

$$$ $$ Japanese Shimogyo-ku

a modern industrial restaurant centred around its grill, the talented chef cookes highly creative dishes with...

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple

activity culture

$ $$$$ Kita-ku

Zen Buddhist temple that is also known as the Golden Pavilion, covered in glittering gold leaf:...

Kitcho

Kitcho

dinner lunch

$$$$$ Japanese Ukyo-ku

a truly excellent kaiseki restaurant (3 Michelin stars), possibly the most gorgeous & most luxurious...

Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera

culture

$ $$$$ Higashiyama-ku

probably one of the most celebrated temples in Japan, called the "Pure Water Temple", founded...

Kurasu Kyoto

Kurasu Kyoto

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Shimogyo-ku

minimalist coffee shop with incredible pour-over and hand-roasted beans, they also offer a coffee subscription service with...

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace

culture

free Kamigyo-ku

the striking former residence of Japan's Imperial family until 1868 (when they moved to Tokyo),...

Kyoto Limo Service

Kyoto Limo Service

culture

$$$$ $ Fushimi-ku

if you want to see the real Kyoto and see it how Leonardo DiCaprio and Steve...

Monk

Monk

dinner

$$ $$$ pizza Sakyo-ku

terrific wood-fired pizza with fresh seasonal local ingredients (sourced daily by the chef himself), think...

Mount Kurama

Mount Kurama

activity culture

Sakyo-ku

famous for being the birthplace of reiki, hike the winding path to Kurama-dera and explore the smaller...

Muromachi Wakuden

Muromachi Wakuden

dinner lunch

$$$ $$ Japanese Nakagyo-ku

a lovely Michelin-star kaiseki restaurant housed in a renovated machiya townhouse, the original & adventurous dishes are...

Namae no Nai Ramen

Namae no Nai Ramen

dinner lunch

$$ $$$ ramen 534

even though it's name translates to 'the shop with no name,' this top-notch ramen joint...

Nanzenji Temple

Nanzenji Temple

culture

$ $$$$ Sakyo-ku

a Zen Buddhist temple nestled at the base of Kyoto's Higashiyama mountains, part of a beautiful & peaceful...

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle

culture

$ $$$$ Nakagyo-ku

sprawling & intricate this Edo Period castle feels quintessentially Japanese, get here just after opening or shortly...

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market

shop

$ $$$$ Nakagyo-ku

terrific & diverse five block traditional food market known as Kyoto's Kitchen, much of the items...

Okakita

Okakita

lunch

$ $$$$ Japanese Sakyo-ku

this terrific little udon joint is a low-key gem, you might have to queue but it's...

Oku

Oku

lunch

$$ $$$ Japanese Higashiyama-ku

intimate spot set in an 80-year-old machiya townhouse in Gion, perfect place for a light obanzai lunch (traditional...

Otsuka Gofukuten

Otsuka Gofukuten

shop

$$$ $$ Higashiyama-ku

sophisticated traditional Japanese dress store with the most beautiful & intricate kimonos (Gofuku is another word for...

Pass the Baton

Pass the Baton

coffee drinks shop

$$$ $$ coffee Higashiyama-ku

fantastic spot to pick up vintage gems, housed in a 120-year old traditional machiya wooden townhouse,...

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple

culture

$ $$$$ Ukyō-ku

this lovely Zen Buddhist temple is most notable for its fantastic rock garden and shimmering...

Ryori Ryokan Tempura Yoshikawa

Ryori Ryokan Tempura Yoshikawa

dinner

$$$ $$ Japanese Nakagyo-ku

if you've cosied up in this traditional ryokan for the evening you are in for...

Saganoyu

Saganoyu

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Ukyō-ku

sweet little coffee shop in a fanstastically converted bathhouse from the Taisho era, one of our...

Savory

Savory

dinner lunch

$$$ $$ French, international Nakagyo-ku

symphonic international farm-to-table food in a lovely rooftop room just steps away from their own...

Sfera

Sfera

coffee shop

$$ $$$ coffee Higashiyama-ku

sleek home goods store with a wildly cool interior and a great variety of Japanese...

Shiraume

Shiraume

sleep

$$$ $$ Higashiyama-ku

incredible ryokan with an even more incredible view over the Shirakawa Canal, originally built as an...

Shuto Yanagino

Shuto Yanagino

drinks

$$ $$$ Japanese Nakagyo-ku

a dreamy intimate bar with an ultra-minimalist setting, let the owner Hironari Yanagino surprise you with his expert...

Sumibi-kushiyaki Torito

Sumibi-kushiyaki Torito

dinner

$$ $$$ Japanese Sakyo-ku

narrow & stylish yakitori restaurant that breaks the stereotype of the smoky yakitori joint stuffed to...

Tawaraya

Tawaraya

sleep

$$$$$ Nakagyo-ku

the finest & most famous ryokan in Japan with careful attention paid to even the most minute details,...

Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple

culture

$ $$$$ Ukyo-ku

this lovely temple is one of the city's greatest Zen structures and wonderful mountain views,...

Teuchisoba Kanei

Teuchisoba Kanei

lunch

$$ $$$ Japanese, soup Higashiyama-ku

if you're looking for Soba in Kyoto there are few better spots then this unassuming...

Tofuku-ji Temple

Tofuku-ji Temple

activity culture

$ $$$$ Higashiyama-ku

the oldest & largest temple of Kyoto, each of the gardens in the temple has...

Tsubomi

Tsubomi

coffee culture

$$ $$$ coffee Higashiyama-ku

striking brutalist building with a proper art gallery and a little cafe with fresh-roasted coffee...

Uragu

Uragu

shop

$$ $$$ Higashiyama-ku

this beautiful former teahouse now plays host to one of the most fashionable stationery shops...

Wife & Husband

Wife & Husband

coffee

$ $$$$ coffee Kita-ku

charming cosy secret coffee spot tucked away on a tiny alleyway in Kyoto, oozes antique...

Yakitori Hitomi

Yakitori Hitomi

dinner

$$ $$$ Japanese Sakyo-Ku

casual yakitori restaurant for some of the best beak-to-tail cooking we know, nestle into one...

Yamamotomenzou

Yamamotomenzou

lunch

$$ $$$ Japanese Sakyo-ku

locals & tourists alike queue up like crazy for this insanely good udon spot, the...

Yoshida Sanso

Yoshida Sanso

sleep

$$$$ $ Sakyo-ku

luxurious elegant ryokan housed in a former royal residence, all rooms overlook Kyoto’s eastern mountains,...

Zen Café

Zen Café

lunch

$$ $$$ Japanese, patisserie & bakery, tea room Shimogyo-ku

a sleek modern café that is artfully decorated with charming antiques, they serve delicious &...

% Arabica - Arashiyama

% Arabica - Arashiyama

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Ukyo-ku

% Arabica is some of the best coffee you can get in Kyoto, superb location...

% Arabica - Higashiyama

% Arabica - Higashiyama

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Higashiyama-ku

super-stylish artisanal coffee shop that serves some of the best coffee in Kyoto, located on a...

Akatsuki Coffee

Akatsuki Coffee

coffee

$ $$$$ coffee Sakyo-Ku

cosy hidden coffee shop that also serve delicious homemade baked goods that the owners wife...

Bijuu

Bijuu

sleep

$$$ $$ Shimogyo-ku

a beautiful boutique hotel with Japanese-inspired design, treat yourself with a stay at the suite that...

Chihana

Chihana

dinner lunch

$$$$ $ Japanese Higashiyama-ku

though it is spangled with Michelin stars this terrific kaiseki is incredibly difficult to find: a...

Clamp Coffee Sarasa

Clamp Coffee Sarasa

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Nakagyo-ku

charming Japanese coffee shop tucked away in an alley hidden behind a bush with hand-roasted coffee,...

D&Department

D&Department

lunch shop

$$ $$$ Japanese Shimogyo-ku

trendy concept store housed in a 13th-century Bukkoji temple with a Japanese cafe next door for...

Daigo-ji Temple

Daigo-ji Temple

activity culture

$ $$$$ Fushimi-ku

a gorgeous sprawling Buddhist temple complex nestled in the mountains just southeast of Kyoto, not as popular...

Efish Cafe

Efish Cafe

coffee drinks lunch

$$ $$$ international, juicery Shimogyo-ku

cosy riverside cafe that turns into a chic bar after dark, get seat at the window and...

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

Fushimi Inari-Taisha

culture

free Fushimi-ku

a striking important Shinto shrine, the up the sacred Mount Inari is a great & easy...

Gion Geisha District

Gion Geisha District

culture

Higashiyama-ku

this is Kyoto's most famous Geisha district, filled with shops & restaurants as well as...

Gion Niti

Gion Niti

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee, ice cream Higashiyama-ku

lovely hidden spot cafe, order the delicious shaved ice “Awayuki”: the strawberry snow disappears on your tongue...

Granbell

Granbell

sleep

$$ $$$ Higashiyama-ku

elegant boutique hotel tucked away in the narrow alleyways of Gion, combination of Japanese traditional...

Heian Shrine

Heian Shrine

activity culture

$ $$$$ Sakyo-ku

stunning Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of the first and last emperors who ruled...

Hiiragiya

Hiiragiya

sleep

$$$ $$ Nakagyo-ku

fine Ryokan where you can experience traditional Japanese hospitality at its best, run for six...

Hotel Kanra

Hotel Kanra

sleep

$$$ $$ Shimogyo-ku

serene boutique oasis with a distinct Japanese design, it’s the perfect low-key fantasy of a...

Hotel Mume

Hotel Mume

sleep

$$$ $$ Higashiyama-ku

charming unique boutique hotel set along the Shirakawa River with fantastic views of the Higashiyama mountains 

Iyuki

Iyuki

sleep

$$$ $$ Higashiyama-ku

a dreamy bed & breakfast style inn tucked away in the Maruyama Park (famous spot for...

Kaikado Café

Kaikado Café

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Shimogyo-ku

this lovely airy café is just a short stroll from Kakaido's original tea caddy workshop which was...

Kamisoe

Kamisoe

shop

$$ $$$ Kita-ku

tiny but lovely atelier by Ko Kado with beautiful & intricate stationery using original printing blocks

Kikunoi

Kikunoi

dinner lunch

$$$$ $ Japanese Higashiyama

beautiful serene traditional Japanese restaurant hidden away in the mountains, best Kaiseki restaurant in the world with...

Kiln

Kiln

dinner lunch

$$$ $$ Japanese Shimogyo-ku

a modern industrial restaurant centred around its grill, the talented chef cookes highly creative dishes with...

Kinkaku-ji Temple

Kinkaku-ji Temple

activity culture

$ $$$$ Kita-ku

Zen Buddhist temple that is also known as the Golden Pavilion, covered in glittering gold leaf:...

Kitcho

Kitcho

dinner lunch

$$$$$ Japanese Ukyo-ku

a truly excellent kaiseki restaurant (3 Michelin stars), possibly the most gorgeous & most luxurious...

Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera

culture

$ $$$$ Higashiyama-ku

probably one of the most celebrated temples in Japan, called the "Pure Water Temple", founded...

Kurasu Kyoto

Kurasu Kyoto

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Shimogyo-ku

minimalist coffee shop with incredible pour-over and hand-roasted beans, they also offer a coffee subscription service with...

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace

culture

free Kamigyo-ku

the striking former residence of Japan's Imperial family until 1868 (when they moved to Tokyo),...

Kyoto Limo Service

Kyoto Limo Service

culture

$$$$ $ Fushimi-ku

if you want to see the real Kyoto and see it how Leonardo DiCaprio and Steve...

Monk

Monk

dinner

$$ $$$ pizza Sakyo-ku

terrific wood-fired pizza with fresh seasonal local ingredients (sourced daily by the chef himself), think...

Mount Kurama

Mount Kurama

activity culture

Sakyo-ku

famous for being the birthplace of reiki, hike the winding path to Kurama-dera and explore the smaller...

Muromachi Wakuden

Muromachi Wakuden

dinner lunch

$$$ $$ Japanese Nakagyo-ku

a lovely Michelin-star kaiseki restaurant housed in a renovated machiya townhouse, the original & adventurous dishes are...

Namae no Nai Ramen

Namae no Nai Ramen

dinner lunch

$$ $$$ ramen 534

even though it's name translates to 'the shop with no name,' this top-notch ramen joint...

Nanzenji Temple

Nanzenji Temple

culture

$ $$$$ Sakyo-ku

a Zen Buddhist temple nestled at the base of Kyoto's Higashiyama mountains, part of a beautiful & peaceful...

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle

culture

$ $$$$ Nakagyo-ku

sprawling & intricate this Edo Period castle feels quintessentially Japanese, get here just after opening or shortly...

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market

shop

$ $$$$ Nakagyo-ku

terrific & diverse five block traditional food market known as Kyoto's Kitchen, much of the items...

Okakita

Okakita

lunch

$ $$$$ Japanese Sakyo-ku

this terrific little udon joint is a low-key gem, you might have to queue but it's...

Oku

Oku

lunch

$$ $$$ Japanese Higashiyama-ku

intimate spot set in an 80-year-old machiya townhouse in Gion, perfect place for a light obanzai lunch (traditional...

Otsuka Gofukuten

Otsuka Gofukuten

shop

$$$ $$ Higashiyama-ku

sophisticated traditional Japanese dress store with the most beautiful & intricate kimonos (Gofuku is another word for...

Pass the Baton

Pass the Baton

coffee drinks shop

$$$ $$ coffee Higashiyama-ku

fantastic spot to pick up vintage gems, housed in a 120-year old traditional machiya wooden townhouse,...

Ryoanji Temple

Ryoanji Temple

culture

$ $$$$ Ukyō-ku

this lovely Zen Buddhist temple is most notable for its fantastic rock garden and shimmering...

Ryori Ryokan Tempura Yoshikawa

Ryori Ryokan Tempura Yoshikawa

dinner

$$$ $$ Japanese Nakagyo-ku

if you've cosied up in this traditional ryokan for the evening you are in for...

Saganoyu

Saganoyu

coffee

$$ $$$ coffee Ukyō-ku

sweet little coffee shop in a fanstastically converted bathhouse from the Taisho era, one of our...

Savory

Savory

dinner lunch

$$$ $$ French, international Nakagyo-ku

symphonic international farm-to-table food in a lovely rooftop room just steps away from their own...

Sfera

Sfera

coffee shop

$$ $$$ coffee Higashiyama-ku

sleek home goods store with a wildly cool interior and a great variety of Japanese...

Shiraume

Shiraume

sleep

$$$ $$ Higashiyama-ku

incredible ryokan with an even more incredible view over the Shirakawa Canal, originally built as an...

Shuto Yanagino

Shuto Yanagino

drinks

$$ $$$ Japanese Nakagyo-ku

a dreamy intimate bar with an ultra-minimalist setting, let the owner Hironari Yanagino surprise you with his expert...

Sumibi-kushiyaki Torito

Sumibi-kushiyaki Torito

dinner

$$ $$$ Japanese Sakyo-ku

narrow & stylish yakitori restaurant that breaks the stereotype of the smoky yakitori joint stuffed to...

Tawaraya

Tawaraya

sleep

$$$$$ Nakagyo-ku

the finest & most famous ryokan in Japan with careful attention paid to even the most minute details,...

Tenryu-ji Temple

Tenryu-ji Temple

culture

$ $$$$ Ukyo-ku

this lovely temple is one of the city's greatest Zen structures and wonderful mountain views,...

Teuchisoba Kanei

Teuchisoba Kanei

lunch

$$ $$$ Japanese, soup Higashiyama-ku

if you're looking for Soba in Kyoto there are few better spots then this unassuming...

Tofuku-ji Temple

Tofuku-ji Temple

activity culture

$ $$$$ Higashiyama-ku

the oldest & largest temple of Kyoto, each of the gardens in the temple has...

Tsubomi

Tsubomi

coffee culture

$$ $$$ coffee Higashiyama-ku

striking brutalist building with a proper art gallery and a little cafe with fresh-roasted coffee...

Uragu

Uragu

shop

$$ $$$ Higashiyama-ku

this beautiful former teahouse now plays host to one of the most fashionable stationery shops...

Wife & Husband

Wife & Husband

coffee

$ $$$$ coffee Kita-ku

charming cosy secret coffee spot tucked away on a tiny alleyway in Kyoto, oozes antique...

Yakitori Hitomi

Yakitori Hitomi

dinner

$$ $$$ Japanese Sakyo-Ku

casual yakitori restaurant for some of the best beak-to-tail cooking we know, nestle into one...

Yamamotomenzou

Yamamotomenzou

lunch

$$ $$$ Japanese Sakyo-ku

locals & tourists alike queue up like crazy for this insanely good udon spot, the...

Yoshida Sanso

Yoshida Sanso

sleep

$$$$ $ Sakyo-ku

luxurious elegant ryokan housed in a former royal residence, all rooms overlook Kyoto’s eastern mountains,...

Zen Café

Zen Café

lunch

$$ $$$ Japanese, patisserie & bakery, tea room Shimogyo-ku

a sleek modern café that is artfully decorated with charming antiques, they serve delicious &...