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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


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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
     
     

    Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nishihonganji Temple, Kyoto Tower, and Kyoto Aquarium. Higashi Honganji Temple and Toji Temple ...

    RIHGA Royal Hotel KyotoAU$149

    30 Jun - 1 Jul

    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

    Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande Kyoto

    15 Nishi-Iwamotocho, Higashi-kujo, Kyoto, Kyoto
      4.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also within ...

      Daiwa Royal Hotel Grande KyotoAU$134

      24 Jun - 25 Jun

      Hotel Granvia Kyoto

      Hotel Granvia Kyoto

      JR Kyoto Station, Karasuma Chuo-guchi, Karasuma-dori, Shimogyo, Kyoto, Kyoto
        4.5 out of 5.0
         
         
        5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

        Located in Central Kyoto, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Higashi Honganji Temple. Sanjusangendo Temple and Toji Temple are also ...

        Hotel Granvia KyotoAU$255

        23 Jun - 24 Jun

        Kyoto Century Hotel

        Kyoto Century Hotel

        680 Higashi Shiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
          4.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Central Kyoto, this romantic hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kyoto Tower, Nishiki Market, and Shijo Omiya. Kawaramachi and Kiyomizu Temple are also ...

          Kyoto Century HotelAU$173

          23 Jun - 24 Jun

          Kyoto Granbell Hotel

          Kyoto Granbell Hotel

          27 Yamatocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
            3.0 out of 5.0
             
             
            5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

            Located in Gion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yasaka Shrine and Nishiki Market. Kodaiji Temple and Hokanji Temple are also within 15 minutes. Kyoto ...

            Kyoto Granbell HotelAU$202

            23 Jun - 24 Jun

            Hotel Gran Ms Kyoto

            Hotel Gran Ms Kyoto

            410-3 Shimomaruya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
              3.5 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Honnoji Temple and Pontocho. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 10 minutes. Kyoto ...

              Hotel Gran Ms KyotoAU$64

              21 Jun - 22 Jun

              Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel)

              Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel)

              17 Nishi Kujoin-machi, Minami-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
                3.5 out of 5.0
                 
                 

                Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kyoto TERRSA, Kyoto Tower, and Kyoto Aquarium. Toji Temple and Higashi Honganji Temple are ...

                Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo (Former New Miyako Hotel)AU$97

                25 Jun - 26 Jun

                The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

                The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo

                74 Nakajimacho,Kawaramachi Higashi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
                  4.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is steps from Kiyamachi Street and Pontocho. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 10 minutes. Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae ...

                  The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto SanjoAU$184

                  21 Jun - 22 Jun

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