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Kyoto Vacations

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a thousand years, and it retains a regal air to this day. Historic buildings stand side-by-side with modern skyscrapers, with beautiful parks full of cherry and plum blossoms in between. Vacation packages to Kyoto will take you to the city that the Japanese people consider to be the most beautiful in the country.

Major Attractions

Nowhere sums up Kyoto's history like the Imperial Palace and Park. Tours of the palace must be booked in advance through the Imperial Household Agency, and are well worth making the effort. The gardens can be visited at any time, and they provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nijo Castle was a residence for the shoguns of Japan, and it's a showcase of the elaborate architecture of the time, complete with squeaking "nightingale floors" to warn of intruders. In the northern part of the city is the stunning Temple of the Golden Pavilion, one of the highlights of vacations in Kyoto. It's a good idea to rent a car in Kyoto and drive out there -- while you have a ride, you can take trips to the neighboring cities of Osaka and Kobe, which also have their charms.

Festivals and Events

Gion Matsuri is one of the biggest festivals in all of Japan, and lasts for the whole month of July. It came about as a ritual to gods of natural disasters, and is celebrated with food, traditional costumes, and parades, the biggest of which takes place on July 17. Jidai Matsuri, the festival of the ages, is held on May 15, and represents various periods throughout Japanese history.

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Tours and Activities in Kyoto

Whether you want your travel experience to be action-packed and exciting or more peaceful and calm, there's one thing for sure — you'll have loads of stories to tell when it's all over!

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Frequently asked questions

How much are vacation packages to Kyoto?
With vacation packages on offer for only $740, there’s no need to drain your bank balance to visit Kyoto. Travelocity can help. Bundle your experiences, flights and hotels into a convenient package and land excellent discounts. The more you book, the bigger the savings.
How long should my Kyoto vacation be?
Many people spend about 3 nights in Kyoto, but how long you stay is entirely up to you. If you’d like to head out and explore all the wonderful things this place offers, why not hang around for a bit longer?
Where can I get the best vacation package deals for Kyoto?
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Why should I book my Kyoto vacation package with Travelocity?
We make traveling the world easy. Whether you’re after a new destination to wander around or want to ensure you get the best price on offer, we’ve got your back. Our 24/7 customer care, excellent service and Price Match Guarantee mean you can book with confidence.
Can I save on my Kyoto car rental if I combine it with my hotel or flight?
Combining your hotel, car and flight into a Kyoto vacation package is a surefire way to land the best deal. Plus, having your own car rental gives you total freedom to find your way to all the landmarks you’re hoping to explore. Located 31 mi from Kyoto, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one place that should feature on your itinerary. Turn up the tunes and make a day trip of it.
What is the best time of year to go to Kyoto?
If a limited budget is what’s driving your travel plans, you’ll score the best prices in January. April tends to be the dearest time of year. Most people venture to this destination during April, March, May. If you’d rather avoid the hustle and bustle, it’s likely to be more peaceful in September, October, December.
Which airport is best for Kyoto?
Osaka (ITM-Itami) is a major hub. You’ll find it approximately 25 mi southwest of Kyoto. Your other options are Osaka (KIX-Kansai Intl.) (50 mi away from central Kyoto) and Nagoya (NGO-Chubu Centrair Intl.) (59 mi away from central Kyoto).
What is there to do in Kyoto?
While getting off the beaten track can be rewarding, you really shouldn’t miss the big-name sights that make a place famous. Kiyomizu Temple and Nijō Castle are just two of them in Kyoto.
Where should I stay when visiting Kyoto?
You’ll hear tourists raving about Shimogyo. If you decide to begin your Kyoto adventures here, check out the rates at the RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto (4.0 stars) and the Kyoto Century Hotel (4.0 stars). Another fantastic neighborhood to base yourself in is Central Kyoto. Highly rated hotels here include the RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto (4.0 stars) and the Kyoto Century Hotel (4.0 stars).

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