Kyoto Travel Guide

Getting Oriented

Central Kyoto is fairly compact and easily navigable. Its grid layout, originally modeled on Xi'an in China, makes this Japan's most rational urban space. The city map is easy to understand.

Broad avenues running east–west are numbered, giving you an opportunity to practice your Japanese. Counting to eight—ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, shichi, hachi—gives you most of these main arteries: Ichijo-dori, Nijo-dori, Sanjo-dori, and so on. Several important avenues don't follow this system, notably Oike-dori, running in front of city hall, and Maruta-machi-dori and Imadegawa-dori, on the northern and southern sides of the Imperial Palace.

Streets running north–south aren't numbered, but sights are clustered around a few main thoroughfares. Karasuma-dori bisects Kyoto Station in the middle of the city. East of the Kamogawa River, Higashiyama holds many of the city's most popular sights, all connected by the congested Higashi-oji-dori.

Previous Travel Tip

Train Travel

Next Travel Tip

When to Go to Kyoto

Advertisement

Advertisement

Book Your Trip







Compare Sites:




Compare Sites:




Compare Sites:





Trending Stories
Trip Finder
Store
Guidebooks

Fodor's Japan

View Details
Travel Phrases

Learn Japanese Phrases before or while you're on the go!

Download Now