Solo Female Travel in Kyoto

Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital, is nestled in a valley on the Honshu Island, surrounded by picturesque mountains and lush greenery. Known for its beautiful blend of tradition and modernity, Kyoto offers an enchanting array of cultural heritage sites, tranquil temples, and enthralling gardens. Visitors can explore the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine with its vermilion torii gates, the awe-inspiring Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion, and the atmospheric Arashiyama Bamboo Grove. The city is also renowned for its traditional tea ceremonies, sublime kaiseki cuisine, ancient festivals, geisha culture in Gion district, and exquisite artisan crafts. This fascinating city's rich history and enduring customs make it a must-visit destination for any travel enthusiast.

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Is Kyoto good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

Kyoto is known for its high standard of safety and tourism-friendly environment. Japanese culture emphasizes respect and consideration for others, creating a very safe atmosphere for travelers. The city is well-maintained, clean, and well-lit, making navigation at any hour safe. While it's always key to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings, it is rare to encounter unsafe or uncomfortable situations even when traveling alone here. Furthermore, the local community is generally receptive and helpful to tourists, enhancing the overall safety of your travels.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Kyoto is relatively easy to navigate. The city layout is grid-based, mimicking an easy-to-follow chessboard pattern. Travelers can commute with ease using buses, trains, subways, rented bicycles, or on foot. English signboards are fairly common, and locals are usually helpful. However, last mile connectivity from public transport stops to certain tourist attractions can sometimes pose a challenge.
Things to do:

Things to do:Fascinating

Kyoto is incredibly rich in culture, history, and offers countless activities. From sightseeing many UNESCO World Heritage sites, visiting beautiful Zen gardens and historical temples, to exploring traditional tea houses in Gion, experiencing a traditional tea ceremony or trying your hand at various crafts like Kintsugi (golden joinery). The city is also home to fabulous gastronomic experiences from street food to Michelin-starred Kaiseki culinary delights. Don't forget the shopping district with traditional craft shops, luxurious boutiques and chic malls. Kyoto is truly a city that can keep you fascinated for days on end.
Food:

Food:Excellent

The culinary experience in Kyoto is nothing short of fantastic. The food scene in this city is wonderful in its diversity, as Kyoto is renowned for its kaiseki (traditional multi-course meal), obanzai (Kyoto-style home cooking), sushi, matcha desserts, and more. You can find everything from top-notch fine dining to quaint, local establishments serving hearty fare. Seasonal ingredients and a dedication to preserving traditional cooking methods add authenticity and breadth to the food scene. Each season presents a new range of specialties, and there's a deep culture of food craftsmanship in this city. The level of authenticity and flavor makes the dining experience truly remarkable, even for the solo traveler.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Kyoto, as a popular tourist destination in Japan, sits in the mid-range of the budget spectrum. Cost of living and travel tend to be lower than in Tokyo, but it’s still more expensive than most Southeast Asian countries. Accommodation can be quite cheap if you opt for hostels or guesthouses, but dining can be slightly pricey, especially in the city center. Public transportation, while efficient and accessible, can also add up, unless you purchase a day pass. Sightseeing at ancient temples and heritage sites, many of which have entry fees, may also affect your budget. However, there are plentiful options and it is indeed possible to explore Kyoto without breaking the bank, with careful planning and by taking full advantage of options like free walking tours.

Is Kyoto worth visiting?

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 5 experiences

Things to do

3.9/5

Safety

4.1/5

Food

3.2/5

Budget-friendly

3.5/5
Duygu

Duygu (24)

Japan

Solo travel experience

I feel very safe, but I don't like the food. Tokyo's food is much better than Kyoto's. Kyoto is a very quaint city with not much activity. I am staying in a hostel by myself and haven't had much opportunity to meet anyone. However, the people of Kyoto are nice.

Posted: June 16, 2024Experienced: May, 2024
Things to do: 3/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Jessica

Jessica

United States

Solo travel experience

Fantastic! Best first solo travel experience. Cheap food, amazing culture, extremely friendly Japanese folks ready to help you out. Many of them speak English too! I never felt unsafe as a petite female.

Posted: June 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Kyoto The city I have always wanted to see. [Even in Kyoto— hearing the cuckoo’s cry— I long for Kyoto] ~ Matsuo Basho's haiku I felt very connected to this city. As an artist, I love quiet and old environments. Unfortunately, the Kyoto I imagined in my head was completely different from the reality. In my mind, Kyoto was a symbol of unforgettable beauty. Don’t get me wrong; I think Kyoto is beautiful, but it feels like an old poem whose words no longer come together, even though they once had meaning. I wish I could have stayed in Kyoto when it was the capital. I want to see houses that were owned by feudal lords long ago. I wish I could feel love under the moon of Kyoto... but this moon felt different. I think the air is different in a place where legends of death remain.

Posted: May 24, 2024Experienced: April, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 2/5
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Jinn

Jinn

Australia

Solo travel experience

It’s gentle and quiet. It’s about magic. The most loved one on my lists. Safety is not a thing one needs to concern here. I took slow trains, passing every station. I visited heaps of handmade shops there. Everyone has a lot to tell. Just feel, just experience and let all experiences flow through you, and where they passed will become a part of you.

Posted: May 21, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 3/5Budget-friendly: 2/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Kyoto safe for women?

Duygu

Duygu

It is very hot and there is a lot of rain. In general, it seems like a very safe and peaceful city. It's just a little small and there are few activities to do. I'm a little bored alone.ı hope ı meet someone

Posted: June 16, 2024
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Meet locals in Kyoto

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Duygu

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I like to talk but my English is not very good.

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Local tips

Best place to explore when it’s sunny or rainy. When it’s sunny you can easily access many parts of the city by bike. When it’s rainy, visit serene temples and shrines with your konbini umbrellas. The best way to explore this city is just walk around. There are historic buildings and places on every corner so find your own favorite spots!

Posted: March 29, 2024
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Stay with locals in Kyoto

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Anny

Anny

Kyoto

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3 days

About me

Hello, my name is Anny. I am a dreamy Pisces woman, passionate about adventures, going out to dance, and drinking. I enjoy reading and admiring the moon. I love experiencing new things.

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Upcoming visitors to Kyoto

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Erika

Erika

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Hi ! My name is Erika, I'm 20 years old and I'm passionate about travel. If I could I would only do that with my time 😆 I like taking photos of landscapes, architecture, animals and also people ! So if you need someone to take your picture I'm here

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