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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.
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!
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.
You may want to purchase a Japan Rail Pass. If you are travelling around Japan by train, it will definitely be worth buying one as it saves time at complicated ticket machines in stations, and you can save up to 60% than buying tickets. Click here or on the ad below to buy one from the official vendor.
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!
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!
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.