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What you should know about North Kyoto

Between the breathtaking attractions, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and gorgeous rural areas, a stay in North Kyoto is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience. The area is home to dozens of temples and shrines, each with their own style and features to explore. You’ll also find that North Kyoto enjoys a prime location. From here, it’s easy to travel into other parts of the city, or to the picturesque villages in the north that offer natural hot springs and incredible views.

Hotels in North Kyoto


North Kyoto has a vast selection of hotels to choose from, ranging from budget hotels all the way up to 5-star luxury. If you’re seeking a discount hotel in North Kyoto, Guesthouse Hyakumanben Cross is a great choice, and includes free WiFi and an on-site restaurant. For a 4-star hotel in North Kyoto, consider the Grand Prince Hotel. This impressive establishment has wonderful amenities, including 4 restaurants, spa treatments, and stunning views. Ryokan Yoshida-sanso is an amazing 5-star hotel in North Kyoto. This charming wooden ryokan provides an authentic Japanese experience, complete with kaiseki meals and a gorgeous garden that you can enjoy while you wear your hotel-provided yukata.

Things to see in North Kyoto


Kitano Tenmangu is one of the most enchanting shrines in North Kyoto. It has a grove of nearly 2,000 trees, which is particularly impressive as the trees start to bloom in February, or when their leaves transform into a rich tapestry of color during fall. One of the things that makes this shrine stand out from the rest is the monthly flea market. It’s a great place to shop and look for unique mementos to take home with you. Equally impressive is the Kinkaku-ji temple. What makes it truly interesting is how each floor displays a different style of Japanese architecture, and how the two top floors are covered in gold leaf. It’s definitely worth taking a short train ride to the small village of Kurama in North Kyoto. There is a beautiful temple here, but best of all there is the Kurama Onsen (hot springs), which is the perfect place to relax and take in the magnificent scenery.

Good for solo travelers


North Kyoto is an ideal destination for those choosing to travel in Kyoto by themselves. Traveling solo gives you the ability to appreciate all of the incredible natural beauty that is available here, without distraction. The calming temples and shrines are the perfect place to relax and reflect on your own thoughts. The area just outside of North Kyoto is great to visit for a trip to an onsen, or to enjoy a hike through the delightful countryside at your own pace. North Kyoto is also home to many fantastic restaurants, so you can sample all kinds of different Japanese cuisine.

How to get to North Kyoto


If you’re traveling from the United States, you can take a direct flight from either Honolulu or San Francisco to reach Kansai International Airport. Once here you can take an express train, the Haruka, which goes all the way to Kyoto Station in around 75 minutes. From there, it’s easy to get to your North Kyoto accommodation. The Karasuma line continues northwards, or there are various bus services such as the Number 8, a circular route that goes through the whole neighborhood. Travel in North Kyoto itself is fairly straightforward, with a mix of trains and buses available to help you reach all the sights.

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