Being Japan's historical heart, Kyoto is definitely a place you'll have to see at least once in your life. This charming city is home to some of the most popular, most heavily shared, snapped, and Instagrammed sights in the world, comparable only to other photogenic cities such as Florence and Paris. But there's a lot more to be done here than just see the sights. Take a look at the top five picture-perfect things to do in this Japanese city. 

1. Get Zen - The Temples of Kyoto

Kyoto is a city that exudes peace, spirituality, and tranquillity. That being said, finding a good meditation spot here is an absolute breeze. A city decorated in marvellous Buddhist temples and bountiful Japanese gardens, it's the perfect city to visit if you've been aching for a breath of fresh air.

Lonely Planet highly recommends the temple of Daitoku-ji, located just north of Kitaōji. This large-walled temple complex features some of the oldest remaining examples of Japanese architecture, tranquil rock gardens, delicately carved statues, and an abundance of plush greenery.

Other incredible temples in Kyoto include the Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Ryoan-ji Temple. Be sure to check out these equally peaceful and photogenic spots.

2. Catch A Show - Traditional Japanese Performances

Kyoto is a city that prides itself in preserving the art and culture of its Japanese ancestors. This is why it should come as no surprise that the city is home to some of the country's last remaining traditional performances.

There's always something interesting going on in Kyoto, whether it's a Kabuki performance, a geisha dance, a traditional martial art sword display, or a traditional tea ceremony. The city is the perfect place to learn all about the ancient Japanese culture and traditions. Just be sure to check the schedule ahead of time so that you don't miss out on your favorite event.

The website has a complete list of seasonal events for the years 2016 and 2017. Be sure to check it out before planning your trip!

3. Shop Til You Drop - Unique Gift Shops

Keeping up with the traditional setting, even the shopping districts in Kyoto offer a wide variety of authentic Japanese items. Whether you're looking to buy something for yourself or for a loved one, you're sure to find the perfect gift here.

Some of the best things to buy in Kyoto include beautiful and delicate Japanese papers, caramics, Japanese knives, lacquer ware and tea. You'll also find great deals for modern items such as electronics, computers and cameras around.

Furthermore, Inside Kyoto recommends visiting the incredible markets. Some, like the Kobo-san Flea Market, and the Tenjin-san Flea Market, are only held on certain days during the month, so keep an eye out for them when planning your trip.

4. Itadakimasu! - Delectable Japanese Cuisine

Japanese food is some of the most popular cuisines in the world and you'll find only the best and most authentic cuisine here in Kyoto. Offering a multitude of great restaurants and food spots, you're sure to find a gastronomic adventure like no other here.

With noteworthy restaurants offering traditional Japanese foods such as kaiseki, sushi, and ramen, we're sure the food lover in you will be more than pleased by what Kyoto has to offer.

While some of the city's more high-quality restaurants may put a steep price on their services, there are always inexpensive, yet equally delicious spots to choose from. Check out this list by Inside Kyoto for some excellent suggestions.

5. Blast From The Past - Kyoto's World-Famous Museums

Of course, being the well-preserved cultural landmark that it is, Kyoto has done an excellent job of presenting its remnants from the past. The city's museums and galleries all offer people with the chance to see the products of its colorful past.

With museums and galleries offering glimpses of both classic and modern-day eras, you'll want to cover as much ground as possible so as to experience all the culture that you can. Be sure to check out Kyoto's National Museum, the International Manga Museum, and the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art.