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Things to do in Kyoto - The Ultimate Guide on Kyoto

Welcome to the Kansai Local ultimate guide on what to do in Kyoto. Take a tour of Kyoto as if you are being shown around by a local. By the way, Kansai Local does epic adventure off the beaten path tours of Kyoto.

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Kyoto is undoubtedly the cultural capital of Japan. It is the ambassador for Japan's tradition, history, and arts. Kyoto prefecture lies in the sweet spot of being away from the coast and away from tectonic hot spots meaning it's relatively safe from tsunamis and earthquakes. The result is that Kyoto is the most well-preserved city in Japan in terms of cultural and historical importance, especially as Kyoto was once the capital of Japan. 

Kyoto tourism is increasing massively. These days the main tourist attractions are simply too crowded. On this page are up to date, off the beaten path things to do in Kyoto, all from the recommendation of a local, to get you away from the crowds and to the real true Kyoto. 

Kyoto was once the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years and holds massive cultural and historical importance.

Here are a few interesting facts!

  • There are more than 2000 temples and shrines in Kyoto
  • 20% of Japan's national treasure and 14% important cultural properties are in Kyoto.
  • The highest amount of UNESCO world heritage sites exist in Kyoto
  • Kyoto (along with Tokyo) has the most Michelin star restaurants of any city worldwide.

Kyoto sits in a basin due to the surrounding mountains. Expect a very humid and tropical climate during the summer, and cold icy winters as a result.

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A guide to the Shrines & Temples of Kyoto

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Kyoto Machiya Experience

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Kyoto Hotels and Accommodation

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Exploring Northern Kyoto's Tango Peninsula

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Day adventures out of Kyoto

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Best Ryokan Hotels in Kyoto

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Arashiyama

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Uji

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Kibune

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Hieizan / Mount Hiei

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What to do in Kyoto when it's raining

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Fushimi Inari

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Gion

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Best places to stay in Kyoto

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Kyoto Nightlife

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Ultimate Kyoto Eating and Drinking guide

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Things to do in Kyoto

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Best Gardens you must visit in Kyoto

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Amanohashidate

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Explore the Washuzan Highland

29 Oct 2019

Washuzan Highland was once home to the Guinness World Record for the longest rollercoaster ride, an uninterrupted 1,050 laps on the Star Jet Line lasting just over 35 hours. Come explore this fascinating, slightly post-apocalyptic place with Kansai Local!

Taiyo Park

29 Oct 2019

Taiyo Park: Travel the Wonders of the World in this Eerie Theme Park A nursing home for the elderly and people with disabilities sits adjacent to a run down replica of the Great Wall of China. Welcome to Taiyo Park. Explore the Kansai Local guide to the spooky Taiyo Park!

Awaji volunteer trash pick up

01 Jul 2019

Single use plastic in Japan is a massive issue. A few friends and I organised a volunteer trash pick up with on the pretty island of Awaji.

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