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Holidays to Kyoto

If we said close your eyes and think of the real Japan, you're probably picturing something like Kyoto. Kyoto is the historical and cultural heart of Japan. Boasting zen gardens, Buddhist temples, colourful Shinto shrines, Kyoto is a gift to the senses. 

The city lies in the mid-western Kansai district on the island of Honshu, surrounded by plains full of rice paddies, completing its old-world feel.

Kyoto is Japan's premier destination for historical sightseeing and tourists keen to sniff out traditional Japanese culture will love the city. The attractions of Kyoto are numerous, but they are also spread out all over the place and sometimes take some finding. The positive aspect of the requirement to explore is the attendant joy of stumbling upon unexpected treasures and attractions in the charming backstreets of Kyoto. The best way to experience this city is to get lost in it. Kyoto is a city of temples, shrines and gardens, and there are lots to see and do. Sightseeing highlights include the Geisha neighbourhood of Gion, the stunning Kiyomizu-Dera, the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the temple of Sanjusangen-do. There are also several worthwhile attractions outside of the city, including the Golden Pavilion and its beautiful gardens.

Apart from the architectural legacy, Kyoto also boasts some of Japan's most significant artworks, a culturally traditional way of life and superior cuisine. No visit to Japan is complete without devoting some time to exploring Kyoto.

If Kyoto sounds like the cultural getaway for you, get in touch with one of our travel experts today. With plenty of experience and handy recommendations, we'll be happy to plan your next trip East. 

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Top 5 Things to do in Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera - Iconic Buddhist temple on Mount Otowa known for the scenic views afforded from its sizable veranda.
Kinkaku-ji - Officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually.
Fushimi Inari-taisha - Mountainside Shinto shrine dating from 711 A.D. featuring a path with hundreds of traditional gates.
Nijō Castle - Built in 1603, this cyprus-wood castle with extensive gardens was a home for the shogun Ieyasu.
Shimogamo Shrine - Legendary 2,000-year-old shrine & excavation site set in a tranquil, riverside forest.

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When to Visit

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  • Currency Yen
  • Flying time from the UK London to Tokyo is around 14 hours 40 minutes with 1 stop.
  • Primary Language Japanese
  • Passport & Visas If you have a ‘British Citizen’ or ‘British National (Overseas)’ passport, you can enter Japan as a visitor for up to 90 days without a visa.