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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Kyoto

Peak Season: March to May; July to August; October to November

Spring cherry blossom festivals draw crowds, while Fall colors lure masses of foliage-seekers (temperatures average 70 degrees). Prices spike again in July and August when, despite the 80-degree heat, many Japanese take advantage of school holidays to vacation here.

Off Season: December to February

Heavy snow and low 40-degree temperatures keep travelers at bay and prices low. The only exception is during the sacred New Year holiday (end of December to early January) when Japanese visitors flood the city, causing prices to spike.

Sweet Spot: June; September

You’ll miss out on Fall leaves and Spring’s sake-soaked cherry-blossom festival, but you’ll have a better chance of scoring a room. While you won’t exactly have Kyoto’s sights to yourself, there are fewer crowds. Temperatures in the mid-70s are common.

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