Mild periods from March to May and September to November are the best time to visit Kyoto. Cherry blossoms and tourist crowds fill the streets in April, so you should book accommodation well in advance. If you are a fan of festivals like Gion and Tanabata, the crowdless time between June and August will suit you best. Just mind that summers can get unbearably hot and humid, especially when the typhoon season kicks in. Autumn will stun you with red and orange hues and treat you with exotic fruits like kyoho, kaki or yuzu. Winter in Kyoto is cold, but it comes with a bonus—moderate rates in hotels, where your toes will get all the warmth they deserve.
Enjoy the colorful sights of spring blossoms
The beautiful though often underappreciated blossom of the Japanese plum is one of the first signs of spring
Mind visiting this bamboo grove to relax from the noisy city streets
An American sport with a Japanese twist
Learn about the Samurai culture and traditions at Kembu Theater in Kyoto
The unique Japanese strawberries make for great romantic gifts
Thanks to this traditional Japanese dessert you will be able to feel cherry blossoms with all your five senses
Traditionally eaten in spring, "grass mochi" is a true delight
Taste this true sign of spring
View stunning sakura blossoms with UNESCO world heritage sites on a backdrop
Kyoto is the magical place where tea ceremonies were born, so be sure to check out the best tea houses in the city
One of the best ways to relax after a busy day of sightseeing
Marvellous mountains, hills, crystal blue lakes, rivers and waterfalls, multiple spiritual temples and shrines—all of this awaits you in the Kyoto area
The perfect activity for a nature lover with plenty to see and explore
Don't miss the chance to meet prominent Japanese Geishas while in Kyoto
Enormous characters set afire to guide ancestors to the other world
A colourful miracle of spring!
Celebrated nationwide, this festival brings colour and romance to daily life!
Feel the spirituality of the Japanese Buddhist festival of the Dead
A small fruit with a sweet peel
An ancient costume procession that cannot be missed
Go back to ancient Kyoto and take in the real atmosphere of imperial culture
This is a magical time when all parks, temples, shrines and gardens explode into red and orange hues
This insect dish is available in jars or freshly boiled and prepared over rice during winter
Traditional noodles for a great New Year's meal
Check out unique Japanese sports of mounted archery at Yabusame Shinji
Suffering from intense summer heat? Cool down with delicious Kakigori
An autumn fruit with a woody texture
This unusual event creates a dreamy and magical atmosphere around Higashiyama
Well-known for their blossoms, umes are Japanese plums
A small fish with a great taste
Have you ever dreamt of going back to your childhood and starting a sand fight?
Used mostly for cooking, this citrus fruit has a unique taste
These special Japanese apples are both sweet and juicy
A bright red and luxurious variety of cherry
Though not too pleasing to the eye, these creatures are a true delicacy
This month of rituals and traditions can't be missed during your Kyoto vacation
Japanese grapes with a thick skin
In Japan summer means eel time!
Try this Japanese hot pot dish when it's cold outside
Similar to apples in taste and texture, Japanese pears are large and crispy
You will find it everywhere during this season!
The rainy season is the perfect time for nature fans to be in Kyoto
A local event where the village becomes one big family
A citrus fruit that is easy to peel