Welcome to Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of Kyoto. WTR's Kyoto map shows you the location of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and the Gion District.
WTR's Carlota Cuisine describes the signature dish at Kagizen Yoshifusa and what to order at Arash's Kitchen.
Welge Travel Report Notables for Kyoto
Getting around Kyoto
Public transportation in Kyoto
WTR's Tony Transit says the best place to find out about public transportation is (city.kyoto.jp)
People Watching in Kyoto
Our Francois Flaneur say for the best "PW" start with Gion, then Kyoto Station and Nishiki Market.
Dining in Kyoto
WTR's Carlota Cuisine says treat your self to dinner at Sou - D: M-Sa, Gion Shinbashi, 075 551 4515
It's time for fun, a dining education and great food. At Sou you will experience tappenyaki cuisine - usually beef, seafood and vegetables cooked on a steel grill in front of you.
Here Chef Tsukada cooks A5 (the highest grade) wagyu in a kappo counter format. Excellent wine list. Go for the dinner course.
Nightlife/Entertainment in Kyoto
Our Knight Kap knows you'll find Kyoto's best nightlife located between Shijo-dori and Sanjo-dori next to the Kamogawa River.
Shopping in Kyoto
Shari Shopper says the are two best shopping districts are the Kyoto Station area and Downtown Kyoto.
Beverages in Kyoto
Our Larry Lager says beer is the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. Sake is a popular rice wine with an alcoholic content of 10-20%. Japan is experiencing an increasing number of wineries, and wine is imported from all of the major world wine regions.
Business Information in Kyoto
Here is help in regard to your business in Kyoto: (jetro.go.jp/en/invest/region/kyoto/)
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Recognition for Kyoto
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Historical perspective for Kyoto
Kyoto is Japan's third largest city and also one of its oldest. It was originally founded as Heian in 794, and had its golden age from 794 to 1185. Home to many cultural landmarks and historical sites, Kyoto is thought of as the heart of Japan.
The city still bears the name Kyoto, or "Capital City," even though the emperor and the National Diet are located in Tokyo. For most of Japan's history, Heian was the center not only of government but of learning and the arts.
Lagniappe for Kyoto
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums such as: Kyoto National Museum
July 21 to September 2, 2018 see Mysteries of Japanese Art
Enormous dragons and tigers cover the walls and sliding doors of temples. Kimonos are elegantly decorated with pine, bamboo, and plum. Are these just appealing designs, or do all these animals and plants mean something? This exhibition will give visitors of all ages and nationalities, regardless of previous knowledge, a basic introduction to some of the most commonly found designs in Japanese art. Unlocking these mysteries and discover a fascinating new world to explore!