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Kyoto Holidays

What was once the capital of Japan for over one thousand years, Kyoto still carries a reputation as the nation’s most beautiful city. With its countless temples, shrines and historical structures, Kyoto holidays are both fascinating and overwhelming.

Kyoto is the spiritual home of Japanese culture, with a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage sites and over 2,000 Japanese temples. This is the perfect place to delve into some of Japan’s rich and fascinating history. The Golden Pavilion at Kinkakuji Temple is probably Kyoto’s most famous sight, with its shimmering gold architecture that reflects upon a mirror-like pond beneath.

Visit the magical moss-covered gardens at the Gio-ji Temple in Arishiyama and explore the wonders of Nijo-jo Castle, a traditional Japanese wooden castle surrounded by many lush and verdant gardens. After a day of exploring, head to the historic Geisha district of Gion and indulge in an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony where you will be served carefully-prepared matcha tea and wagashi, Japanese traditional sweets.

Kyoto holidays: the ancient capital

Stunning scenes of nature can be found everywhere in Kyoto, and the swaying forests of Sagano Bamboo Grove in particular is one destination not to be missed. If you’re a wildlife lover then you may enjoy a short hike up Mount Arashiyama to Whataya Monkey Park where over 120 loveable snow monkeys, otherwise known as Japanese macaques, have claimed the grounds of Kyoto University as their home.

After working up an appetite with a long day of sightseeing, why not experience the refined culinary tradition of kaiseki dining and savour the flavours of authentic Japanese multi-course haute cuisine?

Combine the traditions of Kyoto with ultra-modern Tokyo before embarking on a cruise of Lake Ashi for fabulous sights of Mount Fuji. With the high-speed bullet train, it's easy to get around and combine several cities in one holiday. Speak to one of our Destination Specialists and plan your perfect Kyoto holiday package today.

Destination Highlights
  • Watch a sword dance and immerse yourself in a traditional Samurai experience at the Samurai Kembu Theatre
  • Explore over 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kyoto and take your pick from over 2,000 temples, each one with its own unique charm and magical tales of Japanese history
  • Learn the ways of a Zen master with the art of meditation at a Japanese Zen temple in Kyoto
  • Observe the grace and beauty of a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony in Gion and enjoy a heartwarming cup of carefully-prepared matcha tea

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