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What you should know about Central Kyoto

Central Kyoto allows you to enjoy the benefits of a big-city vacation, yet still find tranquility thanks to the scores of temples, shrines, and parks. From the futuristic architecture of Kyoto Station to the calm atmosphere of Kyoto Botanical Gardens; it’s a neighborhood that effortlessly blends the old with the new for an unforgettable experience. There are also tons of great restaurants to enjoy, where you can sample local cuisine such as kyo kaiseki or obanzai ryori.

Hotels in Central Kyoto


As the largest neighborhood in Kyoto, there are dozens of hotels to choose from, ensuring you’ll be able to find the best hotel rates in Central Kyoto. The hotels in Central Kyoto range from 2-star lodgings to luxurious 5-star hotels, so there’s something for every budget. For a great mid-range hotel, try the Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei. It has a stylish modern design, restaurant, and rooftop terrace. Those who seek luxury need look no further than the Ritz-Carlton. It features top-class amenities including a spa, indoor pool, and two restaurants. If you’re looking for a budget hotel in Central Kyoto, Khaosan Kyoto Guesthouse is a great choice.

Things to see in Central Kyoto


Central Kyoto is home to one of the most popular attractions of the city, Nijō Castle. Built in 1626, it harks back to the days when Shoguns held power in Japan. An impressive sight to behold, it has two rings of fortifications surrounding the Ninomaru Palace, which is famous for its squeaking floors (designed to warn of any intruders). There are also several beautiful gardens to enjoy, including the Seiryu-en Garden and Ninomaru Garden. The Kyoto Imperial Palace is also in this neighborhood. Although you have to book a tour in advance, it’s free and available in English. Once inside you can marvel at the impressive Japanese architecture and enjoy the stunning gardens. There are also some great museums in Central Kyoto. The Kyoto International Manga Museum is a great place to learn about the Japanese style of comic art. One of the best features is the thousands of manga works that line the walls (the “Wall of Manga”), which you are free to browse at will.

Good for couples


Central Kyoto is a great destination for couples seeking a refined vacation. It’s full of tranquility, history, and fantastic cuisine to experience together. Aside from exploring all of the beautiful temples and shrines, it’s a nice neighborhood in which to enjoy a romantic stroll. A walk along the banks of the Kamogawa River is a popular choice, and Pontocho runs alongside it. This is one of the city’s best dining areas, and has a plethora of different restaurants where you can enjoy a meal with your significant other. There are dozens to choose from, but some of the standouts include Pontocho Kappa Zushi and Wabiya Rakuchu-tei.

How to get to Central Kyoto


There are two cities in the United States from which you can fly direct to Kyoto—Honolulu and San Francisco. Visitors from other destinations will have to transfer en route. The main airport for international flights is Kansai International Airport. From here, there are two main options to reach your Central Kyoto Hotel. You can either take the Haruka Airport Express train (which takes around 75 minutes) or the Limousine Bus (which takes around 90 minutes). Both choices take you to Kyoto Station, which is located in the Central Kyoto neighborhood. The Kyoto Municipal Subway provides a fast and easy way to travel in Central Kyoto and reach the many sights.

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