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Kyoto Holiday Packages

A visit to "The City of Ten Thousand Shrines" is both a journey into a modern metropolis and a spiritual adventure that will leave you with lifelong memories. Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, has a religious history dating back to the 6th century, when the Shimogamo Shrine—a Shinto sanctuary—was constructed. Of course, your Kyoto trip won’t just be temples and learning experiences. The city also has some of the country’s best food. Starting to tickle your fancy? Well, pack your eating pants and let’s go.

Things to Do in Kyoto

The Kinkaku-ji, or "Golden Pavilion," is the most recognisable site in Kyoto—one of over a thousand temples, and a stop at this peaceful, exquisite place should be your introduction to the sacred city. After breathing in the solitude, head into Kyoto and enjoy yourself! Immerse yourself in the culture by taking a Haru or kappo-style cooking class, followed by a lesson in history at the Samurai Kembu Theater. We recommend attending the demo and the costumed lesson—not only will you learn all about the way of the samurai, you’ll get to be one for a day. If you’re not ready to live a life of honour and thoughtfulness (and hey, who is?), make some friends with the local wildlife instead at the Kyoto Zoo or Kyoto Aquarium. Should you wish to head outside the city, book one of our Kyoto car hire options so you can see all the sights at your own pace.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

Shopping takes on a whole new meaning in Kyoto. Buy cheesy souvenirs in the Shinkyogoku District, or walk a little further to Teramachi Street, where you can browse everything from local boutiques to the larger department stores. You’ll definitely find all kinds of goodies in this latter area, so keep your credit card in-hand as you peer into windows. Dining is also an experience to be had in Kyoto, as you might have guessed from the cooking classes you just crashed. The Nishki Market is five blocks of food heaven, jammed with everything from fresh seafood and vegetables to the tools you’ll need to concoct the perfect meal.

Not into cooking for yourself? That’s cool—nothing wrong with preferring room service! Kyoto is a noodle-lover's dream. You can find freshly made udon and ramen noodles—you won't be satisfied by store-bought ramen ever again (not that you ever were—you have class!). Chic coffeehouses and restaurants have also sprung up over the past few years, so if you absolutely cannot function without your favourite latte, you’ll find one here. Once the sun sets, it's time to put on your dancing shoes. The Pontocho neighbourhood teems with karaoke bars, hostess clubs, restaurants and nightlife in general. Those looking for something more relaxed can see a movie or enjoy a long walk at Kyoto Station.

What's Next?

Whether you’re looking to reconnect with your spiritual side or just want to devour as much delicious food as you can safely hold, Wotif can help you plot out your perfect holiday. Stay in the city proper or look into Ukyo Ward holiday packages for something a little more peaceful. Whatever your pleasure, it’s time to book your Kyoto holiday!

Things to do in Kyoto

Travellers listen up! There's more to a getaway than just lounging around and chilling out. There are new sights and sounds to explore!

Searching for some ideas for your Kyoto getaway? Continue scrolling for our best picks:


Guide to Exploring Kyoto

Top Kyoto Hotels

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
    4.0 out of 5.0
     
     
    4.4 out of 5 (15 reviews)

    Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Kawaramachi are also within 2 mi ...

    from NZ$156

    ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

    ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto

      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       
      4.2 out of 5 (8 reviews)

      Located in Central Kyoto, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nijō Castle and Shijo Omiya. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 1 mile ...

      from NZ$163

      APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

      APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT

        3.0 out of 5.0
         
         
        3.5 out of 5 (2 reviews)

        Located in Gion, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gion Corner, Kiyomizu Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple. Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within ...

        from NZ$74

        Hotel Kanra Kyoto

        Hotel Kanra Kyoto

          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           
          4.7 out of 5 (6 reviews)

          Located in Central Kyoto, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Higashi Honganji Temple, Kyoto Tower and Shijo Omiya. Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi are ...

          from NZ$251

          ibis Styles Kyoto Station

          ibis Styles Kyoto Station

            3.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            3.8 out of 5 (9 reviews)

            Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Kyoto Tower, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kenninji Temple and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Hokanji Temple and ...

            from NZ$89

            Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery

            Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery

            84 OHASHICHO, Kyoto
              4.5 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Higashiyama, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nishiki Market and Chion-in Temple. Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kiyomizu Temple are also ...

              from NZ$225

              Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites

              Randor Residential Hotel Kyoto Suites

                3.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Minami, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower and Sanjusangendo Temple. Fushimi Inari Shrine and Toji Temple are also ...

                from NZ$107

                NEST HOTEL KYOTO SHIJOKARASUMA

                NEST HOTEL KYOTO SHIJOKARASUMA

                  3.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shijo Omiya, Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi. Kyoto Tower and Pontocho are also within 1 mile ...

                  from NZ$64

                  Hyatt Regency Kyoto

                  Hyatt Regency Kyoto

                    4.5 out of 5.0
                     
                     
                    5.0 out of 5 (3 reviews)

                    Located in Higashiyama, this luxury hotel is steps away from Kyoto National Museum and Sanjusangendo Temple. Kyoto Tower and Kiyomizu Temple are also within ...

                    from NZ$426

                    Park Hyatt Kyoto

                    Park Hyatt Kyoto

                    360 Kodaiji Masuyacho, Higashiyama, Kyoto
                      4.5 out of 5.0
                       
                       

                      Located in Higashiyama, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hokanji Temple and Kodaiji Temple. Kiyomizu Temple and Gion Corner are also within 15 ...

                      from NZ$1,582

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