Best 2 Days in Kyoto Itinerary – Adventures With NieNie


Kyoto is a beautiful city located in central Japan. Many people flock here because of the rich culture. Kyoto is famous for its many tourist attractions including palaces, temples, and shrines, and it’s easy accessibility to Tokyo and Osaka. During my 2 days in Kyoto Itinerary, I was able to see many of the city’s popular attractions and I wanted to share how I spent my 2 days in Kyoto.

It was not easy to create an itinerary for visiting Kyoto because there were so many other places I could have seen and visited during my stay here. However, I have curated the best of Kyoto spots to visit for 2 days in Kyoto from Fushimi Inari to Nishiki Market. 

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple | 2 Days in Kyoto
Kiyomizu-dera Temple | 2 Days in Kyoto

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Best 2 Days in Kyoto Itinerary

Kyoto has some of the most tourist attractions in Japan and is known as the former capital of Japan. There are a lot of things to see and do during your 2 days in Kyoto. Here is my Kyoto 2-day itinerary.

Short on time? Read about whether you should travel to Kyoto or Osaka.

Kyoto 2 day Itinerary | Day 1 in Kyoto 

Kyoto is one of the famous cities in Japan known for Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens, some of which have been designated collectively as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Kyoto Tower

Kyoto Tower is a broadcasting and observation tower located in Kyoto, Japan. The tower stands at 332 meters and was completed in 1995. The tower has an observation deck, which offers views of Kyoto and the surrounding area.

When you arrive at Kyoto Station, be sure to take some time and head over to the Kyoto Tower. You can get a beautiful view of the city. The tower in Kyoto is one of the highlights and is right outside of the train station which makes it a great pit stop before wandering to other places for the day. Book your tickets here. 

Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is a traditional Japanese market located in Kyoto. It was established in the early 1400s and is one of the oldest markets in Japan. The market is known for its variety of fresh seafood, produce, and snacks.

This market is known for all of the delicious street food you can get during your 2 days in Kyoto. They have so many different options from sushi, crab on a stick, beef sticks, and more which is a must when visiting Kyoto. Additionally, on the way there you can hit up some other markets to purchase souvenirs, and gifts, or just go shopping in general. Since this is a food market, it usually closes pretty early. You can go in the evening but your options may be limited. Around the corner, you can find Pontocho Alley which also is a great place to get some excellent Japanese food for dinner.

Nishiki market in Kyoto opens at 9:00 am and closes at 6:00 pm. 

Pontocho

Pontocho (Japanese: 八幡町, Hepburn: Hachiman-chō) is a narrow alleyway in Kyoto, Japan, running from Sanjo Street east to the Kamogawa River. It is a popular spot for geisha and maiko to entertain. The alley is approximately 400 meters long and only 2 meters wide in places.

Pontocho was first developed in the early 1600s as a theater district. It soon became home to many geisha houses and teahouses. The alley was widened in the 1950s, but it has retained its narrow and atmospheric character. Many of the buildings along Pontocho are now used as restaurants and teahouses. It’s a great place to grab dinner during your 2 days in Kyoto.

During your Kyoto in 2 days, from Nishiki Market walk to Kenninji Temple, you can see some beautiful buildings alongside the river in Kyoto. This is a great place to take a walk, take photos, or just enjoy the scenery. There are some restaurants in this area as well you could check out. 

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Kenninji Temple | 2 Days in Kyoto

Kenninji Temple

Kenninji Temple is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It was founded in 1202 by Eisai, the founder of the Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism. Kenninji is one of the oldest Zen temples in Japan and is the head temple of the Kennin-ji branch of Rinzai Zen.

The temple is noted for its numerous cultural treasures, including a National Treasure pagoda and Important Cultural Property gardens. The gardens were designed by Sen no Rikyu, the most important figure in the history of Japanese tea ceremony. Rikyu served as the abbot of Kenninji from 1584 to 1590.

The current main hall at Kenninji was built in 1602 by Hidetaka, the third son of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. The hall houses a statue of Eisai from camphor wood.

This less popular temple is fairly close to the Gion District which makes it a great pitstop to visit. This is a fairly simple traditional Japanese temple with white and brown colors. If you plan to rent a Kimono then you can easily come back here and get some photos without people in them. It is the less visited location and I was able to get quite a few photos without people in them. Additionally, this temple is free to visit. I suggest visiting here during your 2 days in Kyoto. 

Rent a Kimono

The kimono (着物, きもの) is a Japanese traditional garment. The word “kimono” means “something worn”, and like many Japanese words, has no singular or plural form. Kimono are T-shaped, straight-lined robes of varying length and width, fastened with a sash at the waist. Kimono are generally worn with sandals and split toe socks.

This is a popular tourist attraction during your 2 days in Kyoto is to rent a Kimono all day to get some beautiful gorgeous photos in it. Please keep to appreciate the culture and do not wear a kimono while doing something that could be considered offensive. You are a guest in guests clothings.

However, many of the stores will book up quite early, so you want to get there as soon as possible to get the best patterns and styles. Many people rent an AirBNB Photography experience to take photos of Kyoto’s popular locations. Book your Kimono Rental here and Kimono Photo Shoot. 

Gion District

Gion (祇園) is an exclusive district in Kyoto, Japan, originally developed in the Middle Ages, when it was known as the Gion-zaka (祇園坂) slope. The area is well known for its traditional architecture and as a hangout for geisha.

Gion was developed in the Middle Ages as a district for merchants and artisans. The name “Gion” comes from Gion-shoja (祇園小僧), a small shrine dedicated to the god of fire located at the eastern end of the district.

The Gion-zaka slope became famous in the 16th century as a popular spot for geisha to entertain customers. Many of the buildings in the district were built during this period, including Yasaka Shrine, Gion Corner, and Hanamikoji Street.

The Gion district reached its peak in popularity during the Edo period (1603-1868), when it was known as the “pleasure quarter” of Kyoto. Many of the famous geisha houses of Kyoto were located in Gion, including Ichiriki Teahouse, Karyu Teahouse, and Banraku Puppet Theater. You will find many cute little cafes, small craft shops, and more down these alleyways. 

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Yasaka Pagoda at Hōkanji Temple

After you visit Gion District, before sunset, be sure to get to the Hokanji Temple to get a view of the Yasaka Pagoda to get the best view at sunset. You’ll get the beautiful glowing sunlight hitting behind the building as the sun goes down.

Hōkanji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The temple was founded in 806 by the monk Genbō and is one of the oldest temples in Kyoto. The temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. The main hall at Hōkanji Temple was originally built in 1053, but was destroyed by fire in 1568.

It’s a great place for photoshoots, however, it may be filled with tons of tourists thinking the same thing. I was able to get a few neat photos, but trust me it took several shots without people walking in them. You can get some of the best photos here for your 2 days in Kyoto. 

This is one of the best places to get some amazing views and pictures of traditional Japanese architecture.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple | 2 Days in Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera Temple

After visiting the Yasaka Pagoda, you can walk over to the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple in Kyoto. The Kiyomizu Dera Temple is a Unesco World Heritage site and is very popular.

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺, literally “Pure Water Temple”), located in Kyoto, Japan, is one of the most famous temples of Japan. It was founded in 778 by the monk Enchin and is the main temple of the Kannondō branch of Japanese Zen Buddhism. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Kannon.

The temple is famous for its wooden stage that juts out from the main hall over the hillside below. The stage is supported by 139 giant pillars and offers stunning views of the city of Kyoto. The temple also has a waterfall that is said to have healing properties.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. It has a lot of tourists, students, and locals. You can see many shops on your way to this temple as well. At the Kiyomizu Dera, you can get the best views of Kyoto from the hillside which is popular to see during cherry blossom season.

The Kiyomizu Dera also includes one of the famous spots with a balcony overview, however, it was under remodeling when I was there. You can still enjoy the pagodas and other temples as well. The pagoda area is free to visit, but if you want to visit the part with the balcony, it costs about 500 yen to enter. This was one of my favorite places to spend time in Kyoto.

Have dinner at the famous Ramen restaurant: Ichiban

This location has some amazing ramen. There aren’t many options to pick, but I suggest you pick the best. You will get a set of everything for the ramen. If you haven’t had ramen in Japan before, usually the ramen in ordered on a vending machine. You will have to prepay for your meal with the vending machine and then make your selection. The vending machine will then provide you with a ticket for you to take back to your table and server. Honestly, grabbing ramen during your 2 days in Kyoto is a must.

TRAVEL TIP: Don’t be afraid of how long the line it. The restaurant actually moves pretty quickly partially because the ramen doesn’t really take that long to make or eat, but also the restaurant is like bar seating. So keep that in mind if traveling with little ones. 

2 day Kyoto Itinerary – Day 2 in Kyoto 

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine | 2 Days in Kyoto
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine | Kyoto Itinerary

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

When most people visit Kyoto in 2 Days, Fushimi Inari is one of the most famous spots they know of. You’ll want to take the train to Fushimi Inari Station and it is about a 3 minute walk to the entrance and an 8 minute walk to the the famous Fushimi Inari during your 2 days in Kyoto.

The Fushimi Inari Shrine is a shrine in southern Kyoto, Japan, dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. The shrine is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which line a path up the wooded mountain to the shrine. The shrines also feature many fox statues, which are said to be the messengers of Inari.

Fushimi Inari was founded in 711 AD by the monk Kobo Daishi. The shrine was rebuilt in 1499 by the local lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The present buildings were constructed in 1617 by the Edo period Tokugawa shogunate. The Fushimi Inari Shrine was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

This shrine is the most popular tourist attraction for 2 days in Kyoto. However, because of this, the shrine easily gets packed in the morning. Most people asked me how I was able to get photos fo the Torii gates without people in them, and I highly suggest you arrive early in the morning. I arrived around 7:00 am (mostly because I couldn’t sleep – jet lag) and there were still people there. I was able to get a good shot of myself, however, there were still many photos at the entrance of Fushimi Inari that I was unable to get without people in them. 

This Fushimi Inari-Taisha Shrine is free to enter and is open 24 hours. 

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Bamboo Grove | Kyoto Japan Itinerary

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove – A Kyoto 2 Day Itinerary Favorite

Next, I went to Bamboo Grove. You’ll want to take the Sagano line to Saga Arashiyama. Saga Arashiyama Station is about a 13 minute walk to the bamboo forest.

The Arashiyama bamboo grove is a natural bamboo forest located in the western Kyoto district of Arashiyama. The forest extends along the slopes of Higashiyama Mountain, from the Togetsukyō Bridge to the ARASHIYAMA Tenryu-ji Temple. It is part of the Sagano Scenic Railway.

The bamboo grove was planted in the 15th century by the monk Gien, and is said to be the oldest in Japan. The forest’s thicket of bamboos reaching heights of up to 25 meters makes it a particularly striking sight in early summer when the new shoots are green and the old canes are gold.

This is a forest and probably one of the most popular places to visit for two days in Kyoto Japan. I arrived around 8:30 am in the morning and it was just starting to get crowded. It was starting to become difficult to get photos without people in them. This location easily fills up by 9:00 am to the point where it becomes hard to walk around with so many people. I suggest you arrive early unless you don’t mind having people in your photographs or just want to walk around. If you have time on your way out, eat some soba at the window shop at the end of the street. 

This bamboo forest is free to enter and is open 24 hours. 

Monkey Park Iwatayama

If you have time, you can easily add Iwatayama Monkey park to your list of things to do in Kyoto Japan. This is in the general area that Bamboo Grove is. However, you will have to travel some time to get there. I actually ended up skipping this since I wasn’t interested, but I know it’s fairly close to Bamboo grove so I wanted to include it as an option for my readers, but I don’t suggest going during your 2 days in Kyoto.

The Iwatayama Monkey Park is a park in Kyoto, Japan where visitors can view wild Japanese macaques. The park is located on Mount Iwatayama, to the west of the city. The park was opened in 1978, and currently houses about 160 monkeys.

The monkeys at the park are used to humans, and visitors are free to walk among them and feed them. However, because the monkeys are used to humans, they can also be quite aggressive, and there have been several incidents of people being bitten or scratched by the monkeys.

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Kinkakuji Temple Golden Temple | 2 Days in Kyoto

Kinkakuji Temple

Another popular and famous golden pavilion in Kyoto Japan is the Kinkakuji Temple.

The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It was initially built in 1397 as a retirement villa for the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu by his son, and was converted into a Zen temple by Yoshimitsu’s grandson, the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. The temple is now listed as a World Heritage Site.

The temple is designated as National Treasure of Japan. It is one of 15 locations in Kyoto which are collectively referred to as the “Golden Triangle” of classical Japanese architecture.

Kinkakuji was damaged by fire several times, the most recent being in 1950 when it was set on fire by a monk, and was rebuilt each time.

This golden pavilion is popular because of the beautiful water and garden built around the temple. The golden pavilion is also gold in color which makes it look very rich and luxurious. Many people flock here for a great photo of the golden temple, which can be hard to get with so many tourists. It’s definitely worth the visit and beautiful to walk through. This is a must see location to visit during your Itinerary for 2 days in Kyoto. 

The cost to enter the golden pavilion was 400 yen. 

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Nijo Castle | Kyoto Itinerary

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle is a historic castle in Kyoto, Japan. It was built in 1603 as the residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty of Japan. Ieyasu made Nijo Castle his primary residence and it remained so until his death in 1616. The building was burned down in 1788 and reconstructed in 1792.

Nijo Castle was designated as a National Treasure of Japan in 1952. In 1994, it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The castle is open to the public, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kyoto.

This castle was probably one of Kyoto’s most expensive one for me places to visit. However, during my trip here the palace was closed for refurbishments which I was unaware of. So I only really got to enjoy the beautiful garden spaces and tea room. It was still a beautiful site even though I was unable to see all of it within my 2 days in Kyoto. 

The cost to enter Nijo Castle and Ninomaru Palace is 1040 yen. Book your discounted tickets here.

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Higashiyama Temple | 2 Days in Kyoto

Higashiyama Temple and Philosopher’s Path

After Nijo Castle, one of the Unesco World Heritage sites in Kyoto, I ended up taking a break and eating a late lunch. I was pretty exhausted from traveling so early in the morning. I went to my room took a break and drank plenty of water to stay hydrated from the humidity. 

After I felt better and relaxed, I headed off to the Philosopher’s Path. It was a place I was recommended to visit, but honestly, there wasn’t much there. To my surprise, there was a temple at the top of the hill called Ginkaku-ji, a.k.a. the Silver Pavilion, another Unesco World Heritage site, that I saw and I immediately walked there instead.

Ginkaku-ji Temple, also known as the Silver Pavilion, was originally constructed in 1397 as a retirement villa for the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu by his son. In 1484, it was converted into a Zen temple by Yoshimitsu’s grandson, the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa.

I was surprised to see this temple was not talked about much. I found this spot to be completely stunning. This temple is known for its gorgeous zen gardens that have been raked and designed ever so carefully. At the top of the hill, you can get an excellent view of Kyoto as well. I know this location is pretty far from everything else, but it was quite different than any of the other temples I had visited, so I think it was worth it. 

It costs 500 yen to enter this temple. 

If you want to extend your trip to Kyoto, read this post on 3 days in Kyoto.

Other things to do in Kyoto for more than 2 days

  • Okochi-Sanso Villa
  • Daitoku-ji Temple
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Sannen-zaka and Ninnen-zaka and Maruyama-koen Park
  • Chion-in Temple
  • Imperial Palace
  • Yasaka shrine
  • Tenryuji temple
  • Higashiyama Temple

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What to eat in Kyoto for 2 days

  • Conveyor Belt Sushi – It’s popular to do in Japan, each plate is priced differently based on what is offered. 
  • Nishiki Market – Nishiki market is popular for street food in Kyoto, Japan. 
  • Shabu Shabu – A popular dish in Japan is a hot pot dish served with veggies and thinly sliced meat. You use hot water to cook the veggies and meat as well. 
  • Soba – Soba noodles are made of buckwheat and usually placed in similar broth to Udon. 
  • Tonkatsu – A popular Japanese dish made of breaded pork and deep-fried tempura style. This dish is served with sauce either covered or as a dipping sauce. 
  • Pontocho Alley – Any of the amazing restaurants on Pontocho Alley will be a great choice

Where to Stay in Kyoto for 2 days

There are pretty much 4 neighborhoods that are best to stay in Kyoto. 

  • Downtown Kawaramachi or Downtown Kyoto – Downtown Kyoto is a great location to stay in Kyoto because it’s a highly convenient location for tourists. It also has easy access to many forms of public transportation in Kyoto. There are also a lot of shops and restaurants available in this area as well. I stayed in downtown Kyoto and I highly suggest it. It’s perfect because you are centrally located to everything and can come back to some locations you may have missed the first day.
  • Gion – This location is best for those trying to get an authentic Japanese experience. There are a lot of traditional sites and also known as the Geisha District in Japan. There are a lot of great shops and restaurants in this area as well.
  • Kyoto Station Area – Staying around the Kyoto station area is not necessarily a prime location for tourists wanting to visit the sites. However, it is convenient when it comes to being close to public transportation and having more hotels available. 
  • Karasuma Central Kyoto – Close to Kyoto station, easy to find available hotels and cheaper than downtown, staying in central Kyoto is an ideal location. 

Kyoto 2 Day Itinerary | How to get to Kyoto

The best way to get to Kyoto, Japan is by train. You’ll want to arrive at Kyoto station. If you flew into Kansai airport in Osaka, I suggest you take the JR train from Kansai to Kyoto station. There are other options to take the bus as well, however, with taking a bus you do risk being stuck in traffic and wasting time in Kyoto. Taking the JR train one way from Kansai airport to Kyoto costs about 1880 yen. 

If you are traveling from Tokyo, there are options to fly to Osaka or you can take the JR train from Tokyo to Kyoto station as well. Taking the train from Tokyo to Kyoto station one way is about 13,080 yen which can be quite expensive. 

Kyoto 2 Day Itinerary | Getting Around Kyoto, Japan in 2 Days

So getting around Kyoto is a bit complicated when you don’t know the Japanese language. However, I found that many of the people who worked in the subway stations, airports, and buses would try and go out of their way to help you get to where you need to go. I pretty much just asked a lot of questions, tried to navigate as best as I could with google, and purchased a 2-day Japan rail pass good for the subways and buses. It’s a lot more affordable to use the Japan rail pass versus buying individual tickets.

If you want a driver for a large family, you can easily hire a driver here.

Kyoto 2 Day Itinerary | How Many Days in Kyoto, Japan?

Kyoto is probably more popular than Osaka because of its rich culture. I think you should at least spend 2 days in Kyoto, however, do whatever you can. To see all the major Kyoto attractions, you’ll need at least 2 full days to see all the highlights and tourist spots. However, there were so many places that I was unable to see during my 2 days in Kyoto. You can easily spend at least 4 days here to see more of the sites as well as eat around the city. 

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When to Visit Kyoto, Japan – The best time to visit Kyoto, Japan

Like Korea, the best times to visit during your Kyoto Itinerary are October/November (fall) and March/April/May (spring). If this is your first visit to Kyoto, the weather can be pretty brutal and hot during the summer months. The winter months are doable, however, you will have to worry about how cold it is outside, and you may even need to worry about snow or ice. Summer is also Typhoon season, so you will have to worry about heavy rains and terrible storms. 

What to Pack for your 2 Day Kyoto Itinerary – Kyoto Travel Tips

It depends on when you plan to travel to Kyoto in 2 days. Each season is quite distinct so you will have to pack accordingly. I suggest layers for those traveling in the spring and fall so that you can be prepared for any of the weather in Kyoto. However, I’ll give some of my suggestions below for items you may need for Kyoto in 2 days. 

Clothing to Pack for your Kyoto 2 Day Itinerary

I suggest you try and pack more modest types of clothing. Many locals may stare at you if you are heavily exposed. Koreans and Japanese typically dress in shorter skirts and dresses exposing their legs, however, it isn’t very common to expose your shoulders or chest. You can dress in whatever way you want, but you will get more stares which could make you feel uncomfortable. 

  • Winter – Thick clothing, hand warmers, knitted hat, long sleeve shirts, boots, pullovers, thick sweaters, scarves, and heavy winter coats. 
  • Summer – Umbrella, poncho or very thin raincoat, sandals or waterproof shoes, dresses, shorts, hat, and shirts. 
  • Spring and Fall – Pants, light coats, layering items, shirts, blouses, light sweater, skirts, flats, dresses, and leggings. 

Electronics to Pack for your Kyoto Itinerary

  • Universal Adapter – You should definitely bring a universal adapter for Japan. If you are from the US though, they do use the American-style plugs. Just make sure your electronics say 110-220 V or you may fry your devices. 
  • Unlocked Cell Phone with Sim Card from the Airport – Make sure your phone is unlocked so that you can easily grab a sim card from the airport. You can easily put a Japanese data only sim card at the airport which is cheaper than roaming charges. If you have cell phone services like T-Mobile or Sprint, then you should be okay with their unlimited international date. 
  • Battery Pack – It does not matter where I travel to, I have to bring a battery pack with me. Living in Seoul, it’s pretty much a necessity. The worst thing is having your phone die while trying to find a place you need to get to and having no way to figure out how to get back to your hotel or destination. 
  • Camera – You have to take all the amazing photos while traveling. Don’t forget the most important tool, your camera. Although, many smartphones are perfect for taking photos these days, so just do what is most comfortable for you. 
  • Tablet, Laptop, Kindle – Only if you find it necessary. I usually just get around with my cell phone rather than these accessories since they take up space and weight. 

FAQs about 2 Day Kyoto Itinerary

How many days in Kyoto enough?

Well, I would say 3-4 days would be good but 2 days is possible if that is all the time you have available. There are so many temples and shrines and a lot of traditional Japanese architecture worth checking out. This also depends on the type of traveler you are and how long your visit in Japan is. I managed to see quite a bit in 2 days, however, I do wish I had spent more time around Kyoto.

What Kyoto famous for?

Kyoto is famous for its many temples, shrines, and traditional Japanese architecture. There are over 2,000 temples and shrines in Kyoto which makes it a very popular destination for tourists. Additionally, Kyoto is also well known for its beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom in the spring and fall months.

Do people speak English in Kyoto?

Most of the people in Kyoto do not speak English. However, many restaurants have English menus which makes it easier for tourists to order food. Additionally, most hotels and hostels have staff that can speak English that can assist with any questions or concerns you may have.

Why was Kyoto renamed to Tokyo?

In 1868, the emperor of Japan moved from Kyoto to Tokyo and officially changed his seat of power to Tokyo. The city was then renamed to Tokyo, which means “eastern capital” in Japanese, while Kyoto kept its original name meaning “capital city”.

What’s better Tokyo or Kyoto?

This is a personal opinion, but many people prefer Kyoto over Tokyo because of its traditional Japanese architecture, unique culture and history. Additionally, Kyoto has many beautiful temples and shrines which makes it an attractive destination for tourists. Tokyo on the other hand is more modern yet offers amazing attractions like the Sky Tree Tower and Shibuya Crossing.

What was Kyoto originally called?

Kyoto was originally called Heian-kyo, which means “capital of peace and tranquility” in Japanese. It got this name when the capital city moved from Nara to Kyoto in 794. The city then kept its name until 1868 when it was renamed to Tokyo by the emperor of Japan.

What food is famous in Kyoto?

Kyoto is famous for its kaiseki cuisine, a traditional Japanese style of cooking that uses fresh and seasonal ingredients. Additionally, Kyoto is also well known for its various types of tofu dishes such as zaru soba, yudofu, and aburaage. Other popular foods in Kyoto include yatsuhashi (mochi-like sweets), yuba (tofu skin dishes), and matcha desserts.

What is the oldest Japanese city?

Nara is the oldest city in Japan, having been founded in 710. Kyoto was later founded in 794 and it served as the imperial capital until 1868 when the emperor of Japan moved to Tokyo and officially changed his seat of power. Nara is still considered an important cultural center and is home to many World Heritage sites such as Horyuji Temple.

What does Kyoto mean in English?

Kyoto means “capital city” in English. It was originally founded as Heian-kyo in 794 and during this time, it served as the imperial capital of Japan. The city then kept its name until 1868 when it was renamed to Tokyo by the emperor of Japan.

Why Is Kyoto the heart of Japan?

Kyoto is the heart of Japan because it was the imperial capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years. During this time, it became an important cultural center and many traditional Japanese art forms such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and kabuki theater were born in Kyoto. Additionally, Kyoto is home to 2,000 temples and shrines which are major attractions for tourists. This is why Kyoto is considered the heart of Japan.

Two days in Kyoto can be a great experience if you plan it right! Even though 2 days may feel like too little time to explore everything this beautiful city has to offer, with careful planning and wise selection of activities, you can make the most of your 2 days in Kyoto.

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