Se hva du kan gjøre og oppleve i Kyoto

Steeped in history, the once-capital of Japan and the former seat of the Imperial House, Kyoto is famed for being home to endless Buddhist temples, Shintō shrines, Zen gardens and palaces, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Aside from the magnificent architecture and fascinating history, the Kyoto of today is a youthful and vibrant city that stays close to its spiritual and historical roots.

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As Kyōto's most iconic landmark, Kinkaku-Ji (literally the "Temple of the Golden Pavillion"), is undoubtedly astonishing. Built in 1397, the complex was the retirement villa of the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu. Soon after his death in 1408, the structure was converted into a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect by his son. Engulfed in flames several times throughout the ages, the current complex was rebuilt true to the original in 1955 (except for the top two floors that were both covered in gold leaf). Thousands of sightseers pack the site to glance at the breathtaking Gold Temple, its reflection shimmering in the serene pond in a picturesque setting. It's best to go early in the morning or just before closing to avoid queuing in notoriously slow-moving lines.
Adresse: 1 Kinkakujicho, Kita Ward, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 461 0013
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–5pm


At the foot of Kyōto's eastern mountains, Ginkaku-ji (Temple of the Silver Pavillion) was completed in 1490 by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, and, much like its sibling Kinkaku-ji, it belongs to the Rinzai Zen sect. Despite still being known as the Silver Temple, the Shogun's goal of covering the building in leaf silver was never accomplished. Today, the wooden building is considered a prime example of the Japanese concept of 'wabi-sabi' (embracing imperfection).
Adresse: 2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 771 5725
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–5pm

Fushimi Inari Shrine

The complex of Fushimi Inari Shrine is one of the most remarkable sights in southern Kyōto. The impressive complex was dedicated to a Shinto god (Shinto gods are known as 'kami') by the Hata family in the 8th century, and encompasses five shrines. Curiously, the deity the entire complex is dedicated to – Inari Ōkami – is one of the principle Shinto kami, whose circle of influence includes foxes, rice, sake, agriculture and industry, and even general success and prosperity. The spotlight here goes to the 5,000 of vermilion gates (known as Senbon torii), that lead up to the summit of 233m Mt. Inari-san. The Romon Gate at the shrine’s entrance was donated in 1589 by the samurai warlord, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Stone foxes also play an important role here, as they are considered to be messengers of Inari.
Adresse: 68 Fukakusa Yabunouchi-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture,
Åpningstider: Open 24/7
Transport: Stop: Fushimi Inari Station
Billetter: No entrance fee

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

In the Arashiyama district, you will find the mesmerising and seemingly endless Arashiyama bamboo grove, showcased in the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha". The walkway starts from the Tenryu-ji Temple (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and ends at the sublime Okochi-Sanso Villa, wrapped by tranquil emerald green gardens. The grove itself is a world unto its own, and strolling amidst the towering bamboo stalks is a must-experience in Kyoto.
Adresse: Ogurayama, Saga, Ukyō-ku
Åpningstider: Open 24/7
Billetter: No entrance fee

Tōfuku-Ji Temple

Tōfuku-ji Temple is one of the oldest and most famous Zen temples in Kyōto for its wonderful and extensive gardens. The original buildings were burnt down but rebuilt faithfully to the original in the 15th century. In 1881, a blazing fire destroyed the Buddha hall, which was never again rebuilt. The complex' main gate is the oldest sanmon in Japan and a National Treasure. Today, the temple welcomes thousands of visitors throughout the year; to make their experience even more unforgettable, it offers regular Zen meditation sessions for beginners (only in Japanese). Note that the temple is overcrowded during autumn as a favourite haunt to witness kōyō (the falling of colourful leaves).
Adresse: 778 Honmachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 561 0087
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–4pm

Nishiki Market

For any visit to Kyōto, a stop at Nishiki Market is a must. The over 400-year-old market with its 126 stalls is a foodie haven. All sorts of scents and flavours, from the sweet savouriness of tamagoyaki (the Japanese rolled omelette) to the fried treats, to the acidic tanginess of tsukemono (pickled goods), fill the thriving narrow shopping street. Besides the delicacies, the market is also famous for kitchen paraphernalia and tools, such as the acclaimed hand-crafted knives of Aritsugu. Fun fact: almost all edibles sold here are served on sticks.
Adresse: 609 Nishidaimonjicho Tominokoji Dori Shijoagaru, Nakagyo, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 211 3882
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–6pm (some shops open earlier)

Gion District

Developed in the Sengoku period as a village for the visitors of the nearby shrine (Yasaka Shrine), the historic district is famous for being the home of geisha (the Japanese entertainment). Narrow streets dotted with teahouses, local eateries, traditional wooden houses, and bars and nightclubs are crammed with tourists from all over the world, wishing to see a geisha in their colourful kimono. The best way to explore the picturesque district is from Hanami-kōji street towards Shijō-dōri.
Adresse: Gion district, Kyoto

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

The original little temple atop a hill was destroyed by a typhoon back in the 1950s, and then later rebuilt at its current location. Walking up the path to the structure, you will pass 1200 stone statues representing the disciples of Buddha, which have been carved by a priest and townspeople who learned the craft from him. This off-the-beaten-trail temple is an amazing site for those looking to go beyond tourist staples.
Adresse: 2-5 Sagatoriimoto Fukatanicho, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 285 1549
Åpningstider: Daily 8am-4:30pm

Nijo-jo Castle

Another beautiful castle in Kyoto and one of the filming locations for the movie "Inception". The construction of this complex was initiated and completed at the beginning of the 17th century by Tokugawa Ieyasu to serve as his residence, when he would spent time in the city of Kyoto. Consequently, the castle is equipped with many defensive structures, despite the fact that the leader spent most of his time in Tokyo. Walk through the magnificent entrance to the complex and explore the estate and its history.
Adresse: 541 Nijojocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto,
Telefon: +81 75 841 0096

Okonomiyaki Katsu

In this hole-in-the-wall eatery with only two tables and 5 counter seats, you'll get the chance to experience the real okonomiyaki (a fried batter of eggs and cabbage stuffed with your pick favourite ingredient). The friendly chefs will cook this Japanese "pizza" fresh before your very eyes.
Adresse: 1-4 Ryoanji Saigucho, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 464 8981
Åpningstider: Friday–Wednesday 11:30am–1:30pm / 5:30pm–9pm

Sugarhill Kyoto

Sugarhill Kyoto is always a hot-spot of Kyoto's trendy restaurant scene. The small eatery, just 8 minutes from Kyoto station, boasts healthy food full of flavour. The chef recommends chicken teriyaki and tofu and Kyoto vegetable salad. Gluten-free options are also available.
Adresse: 725 Uematsucho, Shimogyo-ku | Kataoka Bldg 1F, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 561 2741
Åpningstider: Monday–Saturday 5pm–10:30pm


The busy Shijo Street in the district of Gion is home of the modest Chihana eatery, a three-Michelin-star restaurant specialised in kaiseki (the Japanese haute cuisine). The décor and interior are simple: an unfinished wooden counter for eight guests and two private rooms. But the food served in fine bowls and plates, including real antiques, is just an explosion of flavours in your mouth. Japanese behemoths like Yukio Mishima, Yasunari Kawabata and Shusaku Endo have been faithful patrons here. Note that the shop moved to its current location following a fire in 2018.
Adresse: 227-3 Nishinomachi, Higashiyama, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 561 2741
Åpningstider: Saturday–Monday 12pm–2pm / 6pm–10pm, Wednesday–Friday 6pm–10pm

Ramen Sen-no-Kaze Kyoto

The menu of Ramen Sen-no-Kaze Kyoto stands out for its simplicity and a clear focus on Japanese-style ramen (wheat-flour Japanese noodles in broth). Before stepping inside, you will need to get a ticket. Only after that will you be able to order your customised tonkotsu (pork-based stock) or chintan (seafood-based stock) ramen. Paired with savoury gyoza or plain rice, the eatery pulls off the winning formula. Note that the queue might seem endless, but tickets are limited. It's best to go early to not miss out.
Adresse: 580 Nakanocho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 255 0181
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Saturday 12pm–10pm


Talented chefs prepare sushi with the freshest and finest seafood just a few metres away from guests. Those handmade drops of sushi rice will melt in your mouth. The friendly staff adds an extra pleasant note to the already relaxing atmosphere.
Adresse: 133-1 Ishiyacho, Pontocho Sanjodori Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku | 1f, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 257 1285
Åpningstider: Mon–Fri 5pm–12am, Sat–Sun 12pm–12am


Set near Kyōto's Imperial Palace, Hafuu treats guests to top-notch beef in a modern atmosphere. Originally born as a butcher, the restaurant knows how to treat the succulent and tender Wagyū beef. The menu lists steaks, beef cutlet, or sandwiches, and – as with every proper Japanese meal – everything is accompanied by miso soup, salad, and steamed rice.
Adresse: 471-1 Sasayacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 257 1581
Åpningstider: Thu–Tue 11:30am–1:30pm, 5:30pm–9:30pm

Brasserie Café ONZE

The French-style Brasserie offers authentic French cuisine in downtown Kyoto. They're known for their signature sausage but their offer goes much further than this: duck confit and steak frites, and a range of appetizers displayed on the counter to name but a few things that draw in flocks of people in search of a taste of the elegant French cuisine.
Adresse: 125 Saitocho Shijo-Sagaru Kiyacho-Dori Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 351 0733
Åpningstider: Daily 3pm–1am

Blue Bottle Coffee

Housed in a century-old building, Blue Bottle Coffee—headquartered in California—opened its doors to the Japanese clientele in 2018 and has already become a local institution. With its modern and minimalist style, the cafeteria harmoniously blends both Japanese and American cultural traditions. Just a few strides from the 13th century Nanzen-ji Temple, it's the perfect setting to treat yourself to a good cup of black coffee along with scrumptious cakes.
Adresse: 64 Nanzenji Kusagawacho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–6pm

% Arabica

On the banks of Kamo River, the beloved % Arabica has earned a great reputation for its artisanal coffee, acclaimed as one of the best coffees in Kyōto. In addition to that, the combination of whitewashed walls with wooden elements is so visually appealing it attracts hoards or local and international customers every day. Today, to fulfil the needs of its daily-increasing clientele, the coffee shop has set up two more locations to be found at: - % ARABICA Kyoto Arashiyama - % ARABICA Kyoto Fujii Daimaru (Fujii Daimaru department store)
Adresse: 87-5 Hoshinochō, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 746 3669
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–5pm


Perched on a slope of Yoshida Hill and engulfed by lavish trees, Mo-an occupies the second floor of a historic wooden building. The cafe offers guests delicious coffee, sweets, and healthy fare along with stunning views of Kyoto. One Saturday a month, a tea ceremony is held in which guests can join (upon reservation only). Adventuring along the winding path leading here is as Zen as the whole experience.
Adresse: 8 Yoshidakaguraokacho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 761 2100
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Sunday 11:30am–6pm

Saryō Tsujiri Kyōto Isetan

Matcha lovers will find their seventh heaven at Tsujiri Kyōto Isetan. Inside Kyōto Station, the long-standing store—hailing from Uji—serves parfaits, ice-creams, sweets and drinks, all rigorously prepared using the finest Uji matcha green tea. Try the exquisite combination of matcha milk (¥630) with the 'dango to warabimochi' (¥401). The shop is also a great spot for omiyage (souvenirs).
Adresse: 901 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 352 6622
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–7:30pm

Kamogawa Cafe

Kamogawa Cafe is more than a simple coffeehouse to Kyōto's people—it has served as a true cultural hub. The cafeteria is acclaimed for its in-house roasted single-origin coffee beans. Aside from the quality brewed coffee, the menu features a selection of affordable desserts, lunch, and dinner meals. The warm wooden interior and stained-glass windows, together with jazz music playing in the background, add a romantic undertone to the environment.
Adresse: Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto higashinotouin-doori shithijosagaru 676-13, Higashishiokoujicho
Telefon: +81 75 211 4757
Åpningstider: Friday–Wednesday 12pm–11pm
Transport: JR Kyoto Station 1-minute walk, Subway Karasuma Line Kyoto Station 1-minute walk


Established in 2015, L'Escamoteur is a warm cocktail bar in the heart of Kyōto, reminiscent of la belle époque. As a long-time magician, the bar's owner Marseillaise Christophe Rossi entertains guests with his mind-blowing magic tricks. Along with classic cocktails, it also serves clean-tasting liqueurs and fine wines.
Adresse: 138-9 Saitocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 708 8511
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Sunday 8pm–2am

Jazz Spot Yamatoya

The long-lasting establishment with its Victorian wallpaper, dark wooden furniture, and dim lighting has been home to locals for over two decades, having opened in 1970. Jazz records spinning on vintage turntables, mouth-coating whiskey, and a lovely old couple behind the bar make for a wonderful night in Kyoto.
Adresse: 25 Shogoin Sannocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 761 7685
Åpningstider: Thursday–Tuesday 12pm–12am


In the lively and vibrant district of Ponto Cho, Kitsune, spread across two levels, is the jewel in the crown of Kyōto's nightlife. The club boasts two large dance floors, a VIP lounge, best DJs in town, and what's said to be a top-notch sound system.
Adresse: 179 Zaimokucho Kiyamachidori Sanjosagaru, Nakagyo-ku | FS Kiyamachi Bldg. 3F & 4F, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 255 0421
Åpningstider: Tuesday–Thursday 10pm–4am, Friday–Monday 10pm–5am

The Common One Bar

Tucked away on the Shinbashi street close to Tatsumi Daimyojin shrine, The Common One Bar is a bijou bar that prides itself on offering a wide selection of cocktails and Japanese whiskies in a refined and elegant atmosphere.
Adresse: 46 Motoyoshicho, Higashiyama-ku, Nakagyo, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 561 5644
Åpningstider: Daily 5pm–2am

Club Metro

In the undergrounds of the Marutamachi Station, Metro sparkles by night with bands playing live for the joy of music aficionados. Since 1990, the venue has hosted both local and international bands, contributing to their fame. The nightclub also hosts alternative events, like “Non-hetero at the Metro” and “Diamond Night Cabaret Night.”
Adresse: 82 Shimotsutsumicho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi
Telefon: +81 75 752 4765

Nishiki Market

For any visit to Kyōto, a stop at Nishiki Market is a must. The over 400-year-old market with its 126 stalls is a foodie haven. All sorts of scents and flavours, from the sweet savouriness of tamagoyaki (the Japanese rolled omelette) to the fried treats, to the acidic tanginess of tsukemono (pickled goods), fill the thriving narrow shopping street. Besides the delicacies, the market is also famous for kitchen paraphernalia and tools, such as the acclaimed hand-crafted knives of Aritsugu. Fun fact: almost all edibles sold here are served on sticks.
Adresse: 609 Nishidaimonjicho Tominokoji Dori Shijoagaru, Nakagyo, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 211 3882
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–6pm (some shops open earlier)

Kyoto Antiques Centre

Between Teramachi Kurabu and Nijo-dōri, on the east side of Teramachi, is Kyōto Antiques Centre, a mini department mall comprising 17 stores, set up in 1996. Ceramics, calligraphic paintings, vintage kimonos, lacquerware and many more oddities and treasures are displayed under one roof.
Adresse: Teramachi-dōri, Nijō-agaru, Nakagyō-ku
Telefon: +81 75 222 0793
Åpningstider: Wednesday–Monday 10:30am–6pm

Ippōdō Tea

In downtown Kyōto, Ippōdō Tea is an old-style tea shop that has been providing the finest matcha in Kyōto since 1717. There is also an adjoining teahouse where guests can directly brew their tea. The English-speaking staff will help you choose your favourite matcha flavour.
Adresse: 52 Tokiwagicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 211 4018
Åpningstider: Daily 9am–6pm

Kyoto Handicraft Centre

Kyoto Handicraft Centre, occupying four floors, is a great spot to pick up a gift or souvenir for the folks back home. Colourful yukata (the summer kimono), pottery, jewellery, clay dolls, umbrellas, spinning tops, tea... it lives up to all expectations.
Adresse: 17 Shogoin Entomicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 761 8001
Åpningstider: Daily 10am–7pm

Morita Washi

Morita Washi is known in the whole neighbourhood for its signature 'washi' (Japanese handmade paper made using fibres from the inner bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub, or the paper mulberry bush). It provides a large variety of washi, from rough country style paper to intricately patterned paper perfect for framing.
Adresse: 298 Higashinotoindori Bukkoji Agaru Ogisakayacho, Shimogyo-ku | 1F Kajinoha Building, Kyoto
Telefon: +81 75 341 1419
Åpningstider: Monday–Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 10am–5pm


Japan may be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of all European Union member states, Australia, Canada, the USA, as well as several other world countries. The up-to-date list of visa exemptions by country may be found at: Citizens of countries listed as requiring visas will need to apply in advance via a Japanese mission or consulate closest to them. Special visa requirements apply to citizens of China and the Philippines, and travellers visiting Japan as part of a cruise journey.


The closest airport to Kyōto is Ōsaka International Airport, also known as Itami Airport, about 36 km away from Kyōto. Despite its "international" name, the airport only handles domestic flights; international flights land at Kansai International Airport on an artificial island. The fastest, most convenient way between Kansai International Airport and Kyōto is the special JR Haruka Airport Express, which takes about 75 minutes. On this train, you'll need the JR Rail Pass. Other ways but less convenient are limousine buses, run by Ōsaka Airport Transport. The journey takes about 90 minutes and costs around 2500 yen. Shared taxi vans are also a good way to reach Kyōto. The fare is around 3500 yen.
Adresse: 1 Senshukukokita Izumisano-shi, Osaka

Best Time to Visit Kyoto

Though you can visit the picturesque city of Kyōto any time of the year thanks to its mild weather, the best months to enjoy it to its fullest are October to November and March, April, and May. In spring, the cherry blossoms (sakura), make the city the perfect setting for a romantic getaway, while in autumn, the "maple hunting" (momijigari) makes it a true delight to explore. If you're travelling during Golden Week (end of April/beginning of May) be aware that the city is jam-packed with tourists and hotel rates are doubled. Summer is the rainy season in Japan; The moisture in the air makes it a soggy, sweaty visit.

Public Transport

Kyōto has an efficient public transport system of trains, buses, and subways. Kyōto’s train system comprises the national JR Line and several local private lines. While the train represents the fastest way to get to and from Arashiyama, Uji, Tsukuji-ji, they aren't the best modes of transport within the city. If you're planning to visit the iconic sites, the best way to reach them is by bus or subway. A variety of tickets and passes are on offer to make it easier than buying individual tickets for every trip. Consider also buying a prepaid Suica Travel pass that can be used on trains, buses, and subways. Tickets and prepaid cards can be purchased at any vending machine. JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line connects Kyōto with Tōkyō, Ōsaka, Nara, Nagoya, Kobe, and Hiroshima. Nozomi trains require about 140 minutes to get from Kyōto to Tōkyō, and the bullet train (shinkansen) requires 12 minutes from Kyōtō to Ōsaka. To travel on the JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line, you will need the JR Rail Pass that can be valid for one, two, or three weeks. Cycling is also a good way to explore the city. Bicycle Rental services are usually located nearby Kyōto's landmarks. Here are some bicycle rental companies:


Taxis in Kyōto represent a comfortable alternative to trains and subways and can be found just outside the train station and bus terminals. There are three types of taxis: small, medium, and large. Carrying a map is also highly recommended, as most taxi drivers cannot speak English. Some taxi companies are to be found in: - MK Taxi Kyōto Sta. Hachijōguchi Stand Office Kyoto Station - Kyotokanko Ecolo Taxis 42-1 Mibuamagaikecho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto


The mail service in Japan is operated by Japan Post Co. and is well known for being extremely organised and efficient. They offer domestic and international services and are easily recognisable by the orange JP (Japan Post) logo. Stamps can be bought directly at the post office or in any convenience store, and as long as your letter has the right stamp, you can pop it in the orange post box.
Adresse: 843-12 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto,
Telefon: +81 75 365 2471
Åpningstider: Monday–Friday 9am–9pm, Saturday–Sunday 9am–7pm


In Japan, drugs are mainly prescribed and issued by doctors, hospitals and clinics. The opening hours, according to every drugstore, are usually from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Here's a shortlist of the main drugstores: - Daikoku Drug Kyōto Station Hachijoguchi - Matsumoto Kiyoshi Kyōto Station Hachijō Gate Store - Sun Drug Kyoto Nishiki


The standard voltage is 100 V and the standard frequency is 50/60 Hz. Power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. Note that you might need a power plug adapter as they have two flat-sided prongs.


Country code: +81 Area code: 75

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