View of Kyoto from Kyoto Tower in Japan

30 Incredible Kyoto Travel Photos That Will Make You Want to Hop on a Plane to Japan

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I’ve been to Japan for work trips in the past, but never made it beyond the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Setting aside the fact that Japanese cuisine is one of my favorites, Kyoto has 17 – you read that right – seventeen UNESCO World Heritage sites and is widely considered the cultural hub of Japan.

We spent an incredible 3 days in Kyoto in 2017, and I’ve put together a gallery of photos of Kyoto to remind me of this wondrous place. Hopefully these shots inspire you to visit Kyoto sooner rather than later!

Where to stay in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari tori gates in Kyoto Japan

Let me start by saying that accommodation is not cheap in Kyoto! We stayed at Kaede Guesthouse in Shimogyo Ward and could not have been happier with the location – it is within walking distance to the Gion district and a short walk away from tons of bus stops and the metro line. Although the hotel has dorm rooms available, we booked a private room with an ensuite bathroom at an incredibly reasonable rate. It offers bicycle rental, discounted daily bus tickets and a laid back rooftop terrace. Click here to book your stay at Kaede Guesthouse in Kyoto!

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