Kyoto is a naturally beautiful city offering a treasure trove of experiences for travellers, blending rich history with modern charm.

Begin your exploration by visiting the iconic Kinkaku-ji  (the Golden pavilion) and marvel at its shimmering beauty surrounded by serene gardens. This stunning Zen Buddhist temple is covered in gold leaf, reflecting in a peaceful pond. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-see landmark in Kyoto.

For a more interactive cultural immersion, partake in a traditional tea ceremony or try your hand at kimono dressing, allowing both kids and adults to embrace Japan’s ancient customs.  Gion Corner introduces the art of geisha and maiko through performances; and Japanese pottery making is also on offer in Kyoto’s studios.

The Fushimi Inari Shrine‘s vibrant torii gate path offers an unforgettable stroll, while Arashiyama’s Bamboo Groves and the enchanting Sagano Scenic Railway provide nature-filled adventures.

The Toei Kyoto Studio Park showcases Samurai history with exciting performances, perfect for family entertainment.

Kiyomizu-dera is a wooden temple offering panoramic views of Kyoto from its terrace. The main hall is famous for its wooden stage that juts out over the hillside.

Nijo Historic Castle is known for its “nightingale floors” that chirp when walked upon, designed to alert against intruders. The beautiful gardens are also a highlight.

Kyoto Imperial Palace & Kyoto Tower are also accessible by foot at your own pace… In summary Kyoto is such a great walking city. We suggest you go see the formerly the residence of the Imperial family, the palace showcases traditional Japanese architecture and beautiful gardens. Guided tours provide insight into Japan’s history. For a modern perspective, visit Kyoto Tower to enjoy panoramic views of the city from its observation deck.

And of course, allow time to savour Kyoto’s distinctive cuisine, including kaiseki (multi-course fine dining), yudofu (tofu hot pot), and matcha-flavored sweets.

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