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Discover Kyoto


There are 10 interesting places in and around Kyoto.

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Coronavirus in Kyoto

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Kyoto

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in Japan. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Japan.

Money in Kyoto

Currencie(s): Japanese yen

  • 1 Japanese yen = 0.01 €
  • 1 Japanese yen = 0.01 $
  • 1 Japanese yen = 0.01 £

Tipping: Not practiced in Japan and may cause confusion or insult if attempted without using an envelope. Like many other countries in East Asia, Japanese people see tipping as insulting.

Corruption: Japan has a corruption score of 27/100.
If your itinerary runs through Japan, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Japan is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.

Japan is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.37 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Kyoto

Language(s): Japanese

Food & Drinks in Kyoto

2 National dishes: Sushi & Japanese Curry.

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Kyoto is 20.

Religion in Kyoto

Japan is NOT considered as a religious country. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 24% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are observe both Shinto and Buddhist 84%, other 16% (including Christian 0.7%). Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Kyoto

Age of Consent: 13 years.
At the age of 13, an individual is considered mature enough in Japan to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in Japan.

Japan scores a 0/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in Japan are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.

National Sports in Kyoto

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Sumo is Japan their national sport.

Other practical tips for Kyoto

Timezone: UTC+09:00

Driving: Left-hand traffic.
WARNING: You might want to rent a car, but remember: this is a left-hand driving country. This might be the opposite side of the road than you’re used to, so it will require more concentration to keep from turning their car directly into oncoming traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 100 V (50 Hz / 60 Hz), Plug A / B

Weather: Currently overcast clouds, with a temperature between 10 and 13.9°C (50 and 57°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 11.7 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Japan.

Fly to Kyoto

Map of Kyoto

List of interesting places in Kyoto