Get an early start
And beat the crowds.
Kyoto can get overwhelmingly crowded with tourists at times, so ensure a hassle-free experience by booking a tour that visits the most popular attractions early. Stroll around the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove before the tour groups arrive, visit the Temple of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji Temple) right as it opens, and walk through the torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine before it gets packed.
Explore traditional culture
From dance to dinner dates.
Kyoto is one of the best places in Japan to experience the Japanese arts. Packages are available that combine watching a range of performances, including maiko (apprentice geisha) dancing, flower arrangement, court music, and puppet theater, with a tea ceremony and dinner.