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Below is basically a Kyoto travel planning map.

Use it to plan your Japan trip itinerary one day in Kyoto, 2 days in Kyoto, or 5 days in Kyoto!

Be sure to play around on it!

 

But first…

Quick tips for getting around Kyoto

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  • When you’re actually in Kyoto and in the major tourist areas, you’ll see local sightseeing maps all over!
  • The Google Maps app is also a reliable way to figure out how to get around Kyoto by bus and train
  • The Japan Travel Navitime app can be good if you’re trying to figure out the best way to get around with a JR pass (or to help you decide if it’s better to get around without your JR pass)
  • The Google Translate app has a feature where you can take a picture of Japanese writing and it will translate it for you
  • The one day bus pass will be worth it if you’ll be taking the bus at least 3 times – see more tips for taking the bus in Kyoto
  • The ICOCA card is SO worth it to get if you’ll be taking the bus or train to get around Kyoto. (No cost savings, but it’s highly convenient so you won’t have to go through the hassle of buying individual tickets! They are basically recharge cards.)

 

 

Now…

Here’s the quick list of 5 days in Kyoto to use along with the map!

 

 

The Kyoto travel planning map

 

 

Click the little icon in the top left corner of the map to see the list of what you’ll find on this map.

This map may not work very well on this page on mobile, sorry!

In that case, have a look at this Kyoto map in Google Maps.

Whether you’re on mobile or desktop, click on a colored icon for more information about each location!

 

 

Kyoto hotels map

Put in your travel dates below (partner website) and you can see prices of hotels in Kyoto!

You can also try searching for specific hotels like:



Booking.com

 

 

Now…

What’s on the Kyoto tourist map?

 

 

Day 1 in Kyoto

Top Kyoto attractions by bus

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Day 2 in Kyoto

Kyoto hikes

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Day 3 in Kyoto

Philosopher’s Path

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Day 4 in Kyoto

Arashiyama and Sagano

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Day 5 in Kyoto

Kurama – Kibune – Ohara

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HAPPY KYOTO TRAVEL PLANNING!

 

 

 



More quick tips for planning your trip to Japan

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For more on planning your trip to Kyoto, see the 1-day, 2-day, and 5-day Kyoto itineraries. If you'll be in Kyoto in the spring, also see the 1-day cherry blossom photo walk.

Hotels in Kyoto
Search for deals on Kyoto hotels here.

For hostels across Japan, try this top backpacker's hostel chain.

Kyoto can also be a good place to stay at a Japanese-style ryokan, like this one. Or if you're on more of a budget, try this one.

Also use the map below to see more hotels in Kyoto!

Booking.com

The super fast train in Japan
In general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it.

See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.

See an example of traveling by the fast train from Tokyo to Kyoto.

NEW way of buying individual shinkansen train tickets online!
I will start by saying I have NOT bought train tickets online this way (yet!) to verify this! (But it's on my list for my next trip to Japan!)

There's an online train ticket booking method that's popular for other parts of Asia, and they are just now branching out to Japan.

You can now buy train tickets online here for popular shinkansen train routes. (And some bus routes too.)

I've used this booking site for taking the train from Thailand to Malaysia, and it worked out well, so I would expect it to work out well in Japan too!

The thing is, though, that you need to pick up the physical train tickets in person.

So it won't be enough to just buy the tickets online. I had to do this in Bangkok for my train ticket - and it was easy! So again, I would think it'd be easy for Japan train tickets too.

Search for popular routes in Japan here. For example, Tokyo to Kyoto.

If you end up buying train tickets online this way, I would love to hear how it goes! Whether that's good, or if it came with some challenges!

Natural disasters in Japan
Unfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.

My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon.

See how much insurance costs for your trip.

Best travel guides for Japan
If you're at step 1 in your planning process, have a look at this Discover Japan book.

For "books" that won't take up space in your suitcase, see the best PDF guides.

See more of the best books for Japan trip planning.

Create your Japan itinerary


That's it for now!