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Many travelers to Japan visit Kyoto for its historical, cultural, and artistic appeal.

This ancient city is home to no fewer than 2,000 religious sights and dozens of other scenic vistas. Kyoto has so many perfectly preserved sights that it can be difficult to decide what to see. Popular attractions include the Golden Temple, Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Kiyomizu Shrine. But there are less common experiences to be had as well like dining on a kaiseki meal, strolling along the Philosopher’s Walk, or sighting a geisha in the city’s narrow back streets.

Here at Matador, you’ll find tips for finding your inner zen in Kyoto, whether that’s meditating at one of the temples or eating amazing vegetarian food. Have you experienced Kyoto? Share your travel or expat tale with us.

Kyoto Articles

If I had 1 more day in Kyoto

by Alex Scola

The samurai history of my sashimi knife

by Andrew Welsh

Notes on running my first marathon in Japan

by Morgan deBoer

An alternative trajectory for travel narrative: Bustling Towns

by Andy Fitch and Kristin McTigue

25 romantic honeymoon destinations

by Tim Patterson

11 of the world’s most vegetarian-friendly cities

by Voralak Suwanvanichkij

Fire, flowers and phalluses: Ten festivals in Japan

by Turner Wright

50 of the most amazing burger joints in the world

by Alex Nolette