All your questions about Kyoto answered in one place

Perhaps no other Japanese city is as much a living showcase of the island nation’s history as its imperial capital of Kyoto. Temples, gardens and shrines are as abundant as traditional multi-course kaiseki restaurants and teahouses, and geishas fill the streets with fashion shows of shimmering kimonos and washi umbrellas.

Quiet and beautiful and best traversed by bike, it feels a world away from the bright lights and sprawling wards of Tokyo, despite the two-hour bullet train that connects the two.

But as much as it is a beacon of the past, Kyoto has a contemporary culture tucked between its rock gardens and bamboo groves. A new flock of trendy hotels is catering to the increasing number of visitors from overseas – which has almost tripled in the last five years and will only continue climbing with the 2020 Olympics in view – and Japan-made sake, whiskey and craft beer bars have created a nightlife that revolves less around neon and karaoke than local bands (the city has Japan’s highest concentration of universities) and classic jazz.

Image by Pedro Szekely 

While its flat grid can be covered in just a couple of days, there’s enough to explore in this city to last for much longer, including no less than 17 UNESCO World Heritage sights. From the vast grounds of the Edo period-built Imperial Palace to the 1,200 smiling Buddha statues of Otagi Nenbutsu-Ji temple in the silent surrounding forests, and from the best matcha soft-serve in the geisha district of Gion to the world-famous Ippudo Ramen near the markets of downtown, Kyoto honors the past and embraces the present to be what may well be called Japan’s capital of culture.

Find out more about Kyoto City here.

Traveling to Kyoto

Kyoto is served by Kansai and Osaka Airports and by train from other major Japanese cities.


Kyoto International Conference Center
422 Iwakura Osagicho,
Sakyo Ward, Kyoto,
Kyoto Prefecture 606-0001,


Venue Map

Find your way around the event with the help of these floor plans

Kyoto is a tourist hotspot with a very broad range of budget, luxury and boutique hotels with further options to rent accommodation or stay with locals.

Things to do in Kyoto

Organizations are welcome and encourage to host and facilitate side meeting before and during the GLF event, and then bring their results and recommendations to the Forum. A GLF secretariat will be on hand to identify and reserve appropriate Bonn venues. Webinars, engaging social media campaigns, competitions and pre-event discussions will generate momentum and interest in key issue areas to ensure that the GLF accelerates long-term action for sustainable landscapes.

The GLF will have a small secretariat in Bonn, Germany to coordinate all of the above, operated by CIFOR.