When to Go in KyotoEdit This
Traditional culture and cherry blossoms, what more could you ask for from the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan. With cherry blossoms in the spring and the autumn foliage of the fall no wonder these are the two busiest times for tourism in Kyoto. Even with the amount of tourists flocking to this central Japanese city it is worth the extra expense and the extra time you will spend to visit during these peak seasons.
Do not be mistaken by your first impressions of Kyoto. Even though your first images of Kyoto will be concrete and neon lights, behind doors and down side streets you will find some of the most breath taking and interesting sights available in this island country.
While you will be fighting for lodging and amenities with many other tourists during the spring and fall seasons this is the best time to make a trek to Japan. The temples flanked by cherry blossom trees are sure to delight all visitors young and old. Where else can you find that picturesque beauty of Japan that you find in your imagination. During your spring stay you will definitely need a light jacket and pants. With highs in April only averaging 66 F you will want to be prepared in case of any northerly winds.
As summer turns to fall so do the leaves turn to bright reds and oranges. This beautiful sight will never be replicated anywhere else in the world. The trees line streets and temple bridges showering you with the lovely fall foliage. Walk along the Kamo River and enjoy the breeze while enjoying the natural beauty of the leaves. During the fall season you should be able to get away with pants and a short sleeve shirt during the day. Be sure to pack a light weight jacket for evenings out in the city.
Things to Do Any Season
No matter when you choose to travel to Kyoto don’t be surprised to see geishas in the streets as this is a city that still participates in a lot of the old world traditions. The temples are actively used so be sure that you follow any and all stated guidelines. The last thing you want to do is disrespect the people of this gorgeous city.
With over one thousand temples and shrines Kyoto is a wonderful city to explore no matter the time of year. Steeped in history and tradition this modern day city will capture your heart and imagination. No where else can you enjoy such mild temperatures and outstanding beauty than Kyoto, Japan.