Lay of the Land
“I loved the quiet places in Kyoto, the places that held the world within a windless moment. Inside the temples, Nature held her breath. All longing was put to sleep in the stillness, and all was distilled into a clean simplicity.”~Pico Iyer
Kyoto is located in a valley with mountains bordering the city to its north, west and east. The Kamo river intersects the city and flows from north to south. Most visitors arrive into Kyoto Station, which is a newer area with midrange hotels and office buildings. Nakagyo-Ku is the neighborhood occupying central Kyoto, busy with the city’s many shopping arcades and nightlife. Eastern Kyoto is a quaint area good for strolling, home to many pottery shops and other local crafts. Gion is located here, Kyoto’s most famous Geisha district. Northern Kyoto is where many of the important sites are located, including the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kinkakuji (the Golden Temple). A small neighborhood of artist studios has emerged from the former textile district of Nishijin in the northwest.
When to Go
The best time to visit Kyoto is the spring or fall. The summer months are the rainy season and can be very hot. Temperatures in the winter are not always consistent, ranging from cold to mild.
Where to Stay
By and large, Kyoto hotels fall into two different categories: large, Western-friendly chains or small, traditional ryokans with elaborate multicourse meals and tatami mats in lieu of beds. Indagare members can consult out Bookings Team to select the property right for them.
Tip: ATMs are virtually non-existent outside of Kyoto Station