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Fushimi Inari, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest & Manga Museum in Kyoto, Japan

Best things to do in Kyoto Japan - Taro Moberly - Kinkakuji Temple

Kinkakuji Temple

I’m really excited to interview Taro Moberly, author of  “In Kyoto,” about Kyoto, Japan. Taro’s tips for the best things to do in Kyoto are awesome because his mother’s family is from Kyoto, and he came here in 2015 to understand his heritage better. Taro has been capturing his journey with his camera as he explores Kyoto and beyond.

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Best things to do in Kyoto Japan - Taro Moberly - Kiyomizu Temple

Kiyomizu Temple

Kyoto, Japan

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Kyoto City Official Travel Guide, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Kyoto Japan - Taro Moberly - Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove

Getting around Kyoto

The closest international airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX), and you can then take a train to Kyoto. However, most travelers will fly into Haneda Airport (HND) in Tokyo, then take the bullet train. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Taro says that there’s no need to rent a car when visiting Kyoto. There are plenty of options to get around such as the train, bus, or taxi. Get a day pass for the bus to save money. Taxis are convenient but expensive. Visit Kyoto Station for more information on how to travel around the city. Uber and Lyft are not options in Kyoto.

Best things to do in Kyoto Japan - Taro Moberly - Mt Hiei

Mt Hiei

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Taro Moberly about Kyoto, Japan. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Kyoto, Japan
  • Green dots = best things to do in Kyoto, Japan
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Kyoto, Japan

Who is Taro Moberly?

Taro is a California-born photographer currently based in Kyoto, Japan. His passion for photography started when he moved to Japan from the US in 2015. Originally he just used it as a way to share his life with friends and family back home, but it quickly became much more than that – a source of curiosity and an opportunity to explore the world around him. Now, he’s interested in using photography to share how he sees the world, its cultures, and its people. He only hopes to inspire others to seek out the beauty that surrounds them.

Best things to do in Kyoto Japan - Taro Moberly portrait

Check out some of his photography work below:

You can connect with Taro on his website and on Twitter and Instagram. Support our guest and this podcast by buying his book “In Kyoto” by Trope Publishing by using our Amazon affiliate link.

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Best things to do in Kyoto Japan - Taro Moberly - Fushimi Inari hike

Fushimi Inari hike

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