Kyoto’s Sightseeing and Foods
Nara 50 minutes by train. The oldest city in Japan, featuring many temples and shrines and temples of world heritage.
Koyasan 2 hrs and 30minutes by car. Famous for the Holy Land of Japanese Buddhism, a tradition stretching back 1200 years.
Lake Biwa 9 minutes by train. The largest lake in Japan. You can enjoy yachting, canoeing, swimming, BBQ and fishing.
Osaka 30 minutes by train. Plenty of Japanese food such as Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, etc.
Kobe 52 minutes by train. A beautiful seaside area with a renowned night view. Arima Onsen is also nearby.
Ise 2 hrs by train. Ise Shrine attracts visitors from all over Japan.
Himeji 1 hr and 25 minutes by train.
Famous for beautiful Himeji castle, Japan’s first world cultural heritage.
* Driving time from Kyoto depends on each website.
Kyoto features produce and cuisine gathered from all over the country. Experience the best food Japan has to offer.
- Activities in Kyoto JaLS will bring you to a local recommendation shop, so please participate.
For more information click here http://kanko.city.kyoto.lg.jp/ for details.
Price of Kyoto Daily Life（sample）
|Kansai International Airport – Kyoto||（Train）1,710JPY/（Bus）2,550JPY|
|Kyoto City Subway||One way from 210JPY –|
|Hankyu Train||One way from 150JPY –|
|Box Lunch||300JPY – 500JPY|
|MacDonald’s (Big Mac Set)||630JPY|
|Hot Coffee||200JPY – 300JPY|
|Japanese Noodles||500JPY – 1,000JPY|
An estimate total cost for a week
|Including all traffic fees, food, weekend activity fees||20,000JPY – 40,000JPY|
Kyoto’s Climate & Seasons
Average Temperature & rainfall
Events in Kyoto and Clothing
Kyoto comes alive with the vivid colours of plum and cherry blossoms. It is a gorgeous season, and there are sample opportunities for phototaking.
Enjoy hiking in the greenery that surrounds Kyoto.
- Kyodori http://www.miyagawacho.jp/kyoodori/
Ohmusubi prayer Sakura Festival http://www.jishujinja.or.jp/jishu/gyouji/gyouji/index.html#sakura
- Warm clothing such as sweaters, cardigans, jackets are recommended.
It can get chilly during the cherry blossom season.
The city receives an influx of tourists during the Golden Week holidays.
Days get warmer, making it comfortable to move about in light clothing.
Rainy season in Kyoto. Bright flowers like hydrangea can be seen all over the temples and shrines.
A calm and quiet season in Kyoto.
The end of the rainy season brings hotter days. Sunny days and the arrival of summer bring people outdoors for various activities.
Cooled terraces suspended above the Kamogawa river are set up. The season of festivals and traditional events.
Obon festival. Events abound at local shrines and temples. The festivities continue with the Goyama fire festival.
The hottest season in Kyoto. Ideal for water activities on Lake Biwa and trips down the Hozu river.
- Kyoto Goyama Fire https://www.kyokanko.or.jp/okuribi/
Jizo tray http://kyo-tsunagu.net/jizo/
The top seven elegant beer gardens http://www.maiko3.com/event/ev-6.html
Kyoto / Gojozaka pottery festival http://www.toukimaturi.gr.jp/
- Cool, light clothing is best. Air conditioned indoor spaces can be very cool – it’s best to pack a light cardigan just in case.
The temperature begins to fall. Mornings and evenings can be cool.
It is the most pleasant season for meals on terraces suspended above the river.
The leaves start to change colour in mountainous areas such as Ohara. Enjoy autumn specialities such as mushrooms and chestnuts.
Cool and comfortable season for outdoor walks and exploration.
Enjoy sports on the banks of the Kamogawa river, and replenish your strength with delicious autumn produce.
People gather from all over the country to see the autum foliage of Kyoto. Local shrines and temples, and the Kamogawa river come alive with the vivid colours of autumn foliage.
A very photogenic season, second only to the cherry blossom season. Enjoy mingling with locals at the many festivals.
The city is lit up with decorative lighting. A romantic season.
During this season, Japanese families prepare for the end of the year, with a range of traditional events.
Ring in the New Year with festivities at local shrines. Chilly weather and occasional snowfall.
Weekly events at local temples and shrines throughout the city.
The coldest season in Kyoto. The plum blossoms indicate the arrival of spring.
Enjoy traditional events such as Setsubun and eating Ehomaki, which signify the arrival of the spring season.
Spring is the season of plum and cherry blossoms. You can also enjoy boat trips down the Hozu river.
Outdoor and after-school activities become more common and varied as warmer days approach.