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Holiday In Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan, is the classy dinner party to Tokyo’s neon-lit rave and Osaka’s all-night office shindig. Book a Kyoto holiday package and meet “The City of Ten Thousand Shrines” (1,600, to be exact), home of Nintendo, tea ceremonies and Japan’s “spiritual essence”—not available for purchase, unfortunately.

Things to Do in Kyoto

Kyoto was the centre of the Imperial Court for over a thousand years, and it has the fashion to prove it. A whole district named for its famous weaving method, and a visit to Nishijin Textile Centre is well worth it. Watch craftsmen perform this intricate weaving technique, see live silkworms doing their thang and catch a kimono fashion show. Then try on a kimono of your own—or even rent one for a day. How’s that for a profile picture?

Rather “monkey” around on your Kyoto holiday? Arashiyama Monkey Park is just a 20-minute ride train ride west and guarantees you’ll have the best snaps on Facebook. You’ve got to earn it though—it’s a steep climb up to primate heaven. At the top, you’re rewarded with 360-degree views of Kyoto and more than 150 macaque monkeys just waiting to photobomb you. Get up close and personal with a feeding session or stick to the free option: monkey selfies!

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

Made new monkey friends, but still missing your old pals Louis, Giorgio and Coco? Kyoto packages offer plenty of opportunity for a reunion. The intersection of Shijo and Kawaramachi Streets just south of downtown has three department stores with six-plus floors to fill your upscale shopping needs and empty your wallet. With all these fashion finds, true shopaholics should book one of lastminute.com.au’s Kyoto car hire options so all those bags don’t weigh you down. (And bring an extra suitcase, too!)

Buddhist cooking focused on “clean eating” way before it was cool, and Kyoto holidays have a whole type of meal to prove it. Shojin ryori meals are served at many temples, so remove your shoes and dig in to this six-course extravaganza. Prefer to eat out of a barrel? Any Japan holiday should include a tour of the local markets. In Kyoto, the best is Nishiki Market, five blocks packed to the gills with shops offering chilli coated rice cakes, tofu doughnuts and matsutake mushrooms—you may not be able to sample the pricey ‘shrooms, but plenty of food-on-a-stick is available for the taking.

You’ve got your Jimmy Choos and brand-new bling (leave the samurai sword at home), so now it’s time to see and be seen—and Pontocho is the place to do it. Running along the riverfront from Shijo Street north to Sanjo Street, this three-quarters of a kilometre has more nightlife than Bali on summer break. From geisha-spotting near the tea houses (classy!) to raucous double-decker clubs with shots flowing (fun!), you’ll find it all here.

What’s Next?

Kyoto’s got a dinner party placeholder with your name on it. Search a great selection of Kyoto holiday packages on lastminute.com.au and discover what Japan’s most historic city is bringing to the table. It’s sure to be delicious.


Guide to Exploring Kyoto


Top Hotel Deals in Kyoto

Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
4.0 out of 5.0 Gojo-sagaru, Horikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Free Cancellation
AU$114
5.0/5 (1 reviews)

Very peaceful ambiance with the water gently running around the hotel. Quiet and serene and bit far from the city centre it is a wonderful hotel to stay at. Highly recommend staying there.

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2015
A stay at Kyoto Tokyu Hotel places you in the heart of Kyoto, within a 15-minute walk of Higashi Honganji Temple and Shijo Omiya.
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
Hotel Granvia Kyoto
4.5 out of 5.0 JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
AU$190
5.0/5 (1 reviews)

Lovely hotel convenient to everything. Upgrade to family room was a bonus. Definitely recommend and would go back again.

Reviewed on 5 Jun. 2018
With a stay at Hotel Granvia Kyoto, you'll be centrally located in Kyoto, steps from Kyoto Tower and 5 minutes by foot from Higashi Honganji Temple.
APA Villa Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae
APA Villa Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae
3.0 out of 5.0 533 Shiokoji-cho,Shichijosagaru, Higashinotoin-dori,Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Free Cancellation
AU$74
4.0/5 (1 reviews)

Had a great time in Kyoto. Lots to see. Hotel very convenient to train or can walk to temples etc.

Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2016
A stay at APA Villa Hotel Kyoto-Ekimae places you in the heart of Kyoto, within a 5-minute drive of Higashi Honganji Temple and Kyoto Aquarium.
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
4.0 out of 5.0 1 Taimatsu-cho, Shiokoji-sagaru, HigashiHorikawa-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Free Cancellation
AU$139
A stay at RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto places you in the heart of Kyoto, within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium.
Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA 
Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA 
4.0 out of 5.0 44-1, Kamitonodacho, Higashikujo, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
AU$138
With a stay at Hotel Vischio Kyoto by GRANVIA  in Kyoto (Higashikujo Nishisannocho), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji ...
Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto
4.0 out of 5.0 15 Nishi-Iwamotocho, Higashi-kujo, Kyoto, Kyoto
Free Cancellation
AU$177
With a stay at Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto in Kyoto (Central Kyoto), you'll be within a 5-minute drive of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple.
Kyoto Century Hotel
Kyoto Century Hotel
4.0 out of 5.0 680 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
AU$122
With a stay at Kyoto Century Hotel, you'll be centrally located in Kyoto, a 3-minute walk from Kyoto Tower and a 3-minute drive from Shijo Omiya.
CROSS HOTEL KYOTO
CROSS HOTEL KYOTO
3.5 out of 5.0 71-1 Daikokucho, Kawaramachi-dori, Sanjo-sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Free Cancellation
AU$136
With a stay at CROSS HOTEL KYOTO, you'll be centrally located in Kyoto, steps from Pontocho and 4 minutes by foot from Kawaramachi.

Top Deals on Flights to Kyoto

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