Kyoto Imperial Palace (京都御所)
A 5-minute walk away from Noku, the monumental Imperial Palace remains unchanged from the era of the ruling emperors. Registration via the Imperial Household Agency is required for visiting.
Sento Gosho (仙洞御所)
Located within the Kyoto Imperial Palace, this walled garden enchants with blooming trees and mossy landscapes. Registration via the Imperial Household Agency is also required for visiting.
Shimogamo Shrine (下鴨神社)
For more than 2,000 years, city rulers have worshiped at the Shimogama shrine, long regarded as the city’s divine protector.
Kyoto Botanical Garden (京都府立植物園)
North of the Shimogama Shrine, this is the oldest and most comprehensive public botanical garden in Japan.
Kyoto International Manga Museum (京都国際マンガミュージアム)
Over 300,000 manga and manga-related items are in this public museum’s collection.
Nishijin Textile District (西陣地区)
Northwest of the Imperial Palace, this textile district displays the vibrant works of silk weavers, traders and the art of yarn dyeing.
Reputed as the best soba in Kyoto, this Michelin-starred noodle house still makes everything by hand.
Honke Owariya (本家尾張屋)
550 years into the art of soba noodles and rice cakes, Owariya still uses well water for their savoury and sweet offerings.
Sarasa Nishijin (サラサ西陣)
Formerly a sento (public bathhouse), this café is the coolest joint in Kyoto with its tile mosaics, homemade dishes and quirky furniture.
Izutsuya Sanjo-ten (いづつ家三条店)
Hailing from the Tanba prefecture, the region’s best Wagyu-grade beef hits the mark here in Izutsuya.
Sumibi-kushiyaki Torito (炭火串焼 とりと)
Torito prides itself on serving every part of the chicken in the best possible way, and an excellent sake list to wash it all down with.
ARTS & CULTURE
Funaoka Onsen (船岡温泉)
The oldest and best bath house in Kyoto features fragrant bath waters and a hand-carved ornate interior.
Almost 3 centuries into the art of producing green tea, Ippodo has everything you need to learn about this classic beverage.
Kamiji Kakimoto (紙司柿本)
Get your hands on Japanese handmade paper at the favourite haunt of Kyoto’s paper artisans.
Kitano-Tenman-gu Shrine Antique Market (北野天満宮)
Every 25th of the month, one of Kyoto’s best flea market opens from 6am to 4pm.
Teramachi Street (寺町散策)
This historical street offers up an eclectic mix of art galleries, bookstores and religious artefact shops.