HomeKyoto Trip + Itinerary Guide for First-Timers By Marcos Detourista. Updated on January 1, 2019.Here’s a starter Kyoto travel guide with sample itinerary, budget, places to visit & more. Kyoto is definitely a place you would want to visit on your first trip to Japan.Located just 30 minutes by train from Osaka, Kyoto is famous for its well-preserved traditional Japanese vibe. In fact, its historic monuments are inscribed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. This city is also a destination for enjoying formal traditions such as kaiseki dining and traditional performances by geishas.During my trip to Kyoto, I made my way to Kyoto’s sacred Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, and historic districts. I fell in love with how the city’s old town charms co-existed harmoniously with its modern surroundings, and how the traditional architecture was complemented perfectly with Zen gardens and natural features.Traveling to Kyoto for the first time? Scroll down to get started on planning your trip. I’ve included a sample itinerary, places to visit/things to do, list of expenses/budget breakdown and extra travel tips.Follow me on Instagram Kyoto ItineraryWhat to do in Kyoto in 2 days? Here’s a 2 days & 1 nights (2D1N) itinerary for your do-it-yourself (DIY) trip. This itinerary will take you to many of Kyoto’s top temples, and cultural sights. Including the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizudera Temple, Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple) & more.Feel free to tweak the activities & timings below based on your traveling style, schedule & attractions that interest you the most.Day 1: Kyoto Tower & Fushimi Inari Shrine Marcos at Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto Sushi no Musashi, Kyoto Station Kyoto, JapanTimeActivityFlight to OsakaArrive at Osaka-Kansai International Airport (KIX). Claim tours, passes & tickets booked online.Osaka airport to Kyoto center/hotel train — via JR Haruka line to Kyoto StationKyoto hotel check-inCheapest ratesBest reviewsFushimi Inari Taisha (shrine)Tofukuji TempleKyoto TowerDay 2: Kyoto Highlights Marcos at Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Kyoto Marcos at Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto Togetsu-kyō Bridge in Arashiyama, Kyoto Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple), Kyoto Nijō Castle (optional), KyotoTimeActivity0700 AMArashiyama Bamboo GroveTenryuji TempleTogetsu-kyō BridgeKinkaku-ji (Golden Temple)Nijō Castle (optional)Kiyomizudera TempleExplore Higashiyama Ward — Sanneizaka & Nineizaka streetsKodaiji TempleYasaka Shrine (Gion Shrine)Gion District (optional)Nishiki Market Kiyomizudera Temple view overlooking Kyoto Marcos at Higashiyama ward, Kyoto Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto Yasaka Shrine (Gion Shrine), Kyoto Ramen Sen no Kaze, KyotoTimeActivityKiyomizudera TempleExplore Higashiyama Ward — Sanneizaka & Nineizaka streetsKodaiji TempleYasaka Shrine (Gion Shrine)Gion DistrictNishiki MarketKyoto BudgetYour travel expenses will largely depend on your traveling style and how much you plan to spend on activities, accommodations & food. To help you set your own budget, here are budget estimates if you follow the 2 days and 1 nights (2D1N) itinerary posted above. Make sure to review all discounts & online booking prices.Transport expenses breakdownJPY 2,200JR West Kansai Pass — Per person discount price online. Includes 1 day unlimited rides on JR trains in West Kansai area. Covers Haruka limited express line from Osaka-Kansai Airport to Kyoto Station and JR Nara line.Book hereJPY 500Kyoto Bus Pass — Per person. Includes 1 day unlimited rides on Kyoto buses. Buy at Kyoto train station or from your hotel (if available).Activities/attraction costs breakdownJPY 400Tofukuji Temple — Admission ticket/entrance fee per person.JPY 150Kyoto Tower — Per person price online. Includes admission ticket/entrance fee.Book discount hereJPY 500Tenryuji Temple — Admission ticket/entrance fee per person.JPY 400Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple) — Admission ticket/entrance fee per person.JPY 600Kiyomizu-dera Temple — Admission ticket/entrance fee per person.JPY 600Kodaiji Temple — Admission ticket/entrance fee per person.Budget Trip – Backpacker expensesJPY 2,700Transport — Includes train and bus fares/passes listed above.JPY 2,500Accommodations — Per night in a budget hostel dormJPY 5,000Food — JPY 2,500 per day inexpensive meals budget x 2 days.JPY 12,850Sub-total — Including activities & expenses above. Approximately PHP 6,139 / USD 116 / SGD 159. Or, a daily budget of JPY 6,425 / PHP 3,069 / USD 58 / SGD 80.JPY 2,650Activities — Admission tickets/entrance fees on selected activities above.JPY 10,200Total — Excluding attractions/activities & flights. Including accommodations, food & transport. Approximately PHP 4,873 / USD 92 / SGD 126. Or, a daily budget of JPY 5,100 / PHP 2,436 / USD 46 / SGD 63.I’ve included backpacker budget estimates for food & accommodations to give you an idea of how cheaply you can do the trip. If you have money to splurge on hotels, food, and luxuries, simply use the expenses posted to calculate your own budget.Other expensesJPY 1,067Japan local 4G/4G SIM card — 1GB data for 6 days & up. Japan airport pick-up.Book discount hereJPY 500Japan pocket WIFI hotspot — Per day device rental.Book discount hereJapan travel insuranceBook online Kyoto Itineraries & Travel BlogsMore travel tips coming once the detailed Kyoto travel guide is out. In the meantime, feel free to check out my Pinterest board and list of helpful Kyoto travel blogs below for inspiration.https://www.pinterest.ph/detourista/kyoto-travel-guide-blog/https://www.pinterest.ph/detourista/japan-travel-guide-blog/Follow updates on Pinterest@detourista.1 Day ItineraryWhat to do in Kyoto, Japan in 1 day (24 hours or less).VisitOne Day in Kyoto, Japan: A Complete Itinerary – TreksplorerVisitKyoto – 1 Day Itinerary – Travelling with Kids – Family Travel Blog – Our 3 Kids V The WorldVisitJapan Travel Blog: 1 day in Kyoto – Anj FernandoVisit1-Day Kyoto Cherry Blossom Walking Itinerary – Travel Caffeine2 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Kyoto, Japan in 2 days (48 hours or less).Visit2-Day Kyoto Highlights Itinerary – Travel CaffeineVisitKyoto 2 Days Itinerary – Best City Highlights in 48 Hours – The Blessing BucketVisitHow to See Kyoto in 2 Days – Kollecting Koordinates3 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Kyoto, Japan in 3 days.VisitWhat To Do In Kyoto – A 3 Day Kyoto Itinerary – Nerd NomadsVisitKyoto Travel Guide (Budget + Itinerary) – The Pinay Solo Backpacker4 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Kyoto, Japan in 4 days.VisitKyoto Itinerary – A Perfect 4 Day Itinerary for First Timers – High Heels And A Backpack5 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Kyoto, Japan in 5 days.VisitAn Epic 5 Day Kyoto Itinerary – You Could Travel6 Days ItineraryWhat to do in Kyoto, Japan in 6 days.VisitKyoto: Our 5-night, 6-day Itinerary – The Cultivated Mother1 Week ItineraryWhat to do in Kyoto, Japan in 1 week (7 days or more).VisitThe Best 7 Day Kyoto Itinerary for Any Traveler – ViaheroVisitA 7-Day Kyoto Itinerary for Active Families with Young Kids – Family Can Travelhttps://www.pinterest.com/detourista/best-of-detourista/Don’t Stop HereDid you find this travel guide helpful? 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