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What you should know about Nakagyo Ward

Part of the Central Kyoto area, Nakagyo Ward strikes the perfect balance between cultural sights and a vibrant nightlife. On the one hand you have some of the most famous historical and cultural attractions in the city, including enchanting temples and fascinating museums. On the other hand it’s an exciting place packed full of top restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Add its abundance of fantastic shopping to the mix, and you have a truly dynamic neighborhood that provides something for everyone.

Hotels in Nakagyo Ward


Hotels in Nakagyo tend to be 3-star and 4-star establishments and cover a range of styles, from the traditional ryokan to more contemporary offerings. Although most accommodation in this neighborhood is midrange, there are some Nakagyo discount hotels suitable for those traveling on a budget. One of the standout 4-star hotels in Nakagyo is Matsui Honkan, which seamlessly blends the traditional inn style with that of a modern hotel. There is a beautiful spa to relax in, and you can experience kaiseki cuisine. Another great choice is The Screen, a boutique hotel in Nakagyo that provides spa services and a rooftop terrace. It also has its own restaurant, which serves French cuisine crafted with locally-sourced ingredients.

Things to see in Nakagyo Ward


Nakagyo Ward is home to many cultural attractions, such as the renowned Nijo Castle. It’s an incredible sight, where the imposing architecture of the castle contrasts beautifully with the exquisite gardens. If you’d like to learn more about the history of Kyoto, the Museum of Kyoto is the perfect place. It gives a fantastic overview of the area’s history, providing English audio guides to help understand the exhibits. Kiyamachi Dori, a cherry blossom-lined avenue that runs along the Takasegawa Canal is one of the finest streets to explore in Kyoto. Good for a leisurely stroll, you’ll also find that it’s packed with great restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. As the hub of Kyoto’s nightlife, it’s the perfect place to go at night to enjoy a drink: whether it’s shōchū, sake, or whatever takes your fancy.

Good for couples


Nakagyo Ward is an ideal destination for those traveling as a couple. There’s a myriad of temples and shrines that are great to explore with your significant other, especially against the romantic backdrop of sakura during cherry blossom season. There is also ample opportunity to do some shopping together, in places such as Teramachi Dori or Shinkyogoku Shopping District. Both are pedestrianized areas with hundreds of stores. Nakagyo Ward is also home to some of the best restaurants in Kyoto, perfect for enjoying a romantic meal and discovering the delights of Japanese cuisine together.

How to get to Nakagyo Ward


As Nakagyo Ward is central, it’s very easy to reach from Kansai International Airport. You can fly direct to this airport from the United States, from either San Francisco or Honolulu. Once you land, it’s a simple matter of hopping on the Haruka express train for a 75-minute journey to Kyoto Station in neighboring Shimogyo Ward. From there, it’s just a 10-minute cab ride to ride to your hotel in Nakagyo Ward. Alternatively, you can take the subway or JR train the remaining distance. Travel in Nakagyo Ward is simple thanks to the many train stations here. The neighborhood is served by the San'in, Hankyu-Kyoto, Tozai, and Hashidate train lines.

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