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Kyoto Holidays

Kyoto is the spiritual home of Japanese culture, featuring over 2,000 temples with a wealth of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore. As famous for its red-leafed maple trees and cherry blossom festivals as it is for its cuisine, be sure to visit a local café for some matcha tea and wagashi, Japanese traditional sweets, or experience the refined culinary tradition of kaiseki dining, Japan’s haute cuisine.  

Explore historic Gion to be hosted by ethereal Geishas and enjoy an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony. Plus, visit shrines including the Kenninji-Temple and Gio-ji Temple, and stroll through the lush gardens of the historic wooden Nijo-jo Castle.

Combine the traditions of Kyoto with ultramodern Tokyo before embarking on a sightseeing cruise of Lake Ashi, the hot springs of Hakone and the iconic Mount Fuji.   

Destination Highlights
  • The heart of Japan
  • Explore over 2,000 temples
  • Take part in a traditional tea ceremony
  • Ideally twinned with Tokyo
  • Explore the Gion District

    One of the most famous Geisha districts, the Gion Quarter in Kyoto is a must-visit to indulge in one of Japan's most famous traditions. Used as the setting for the novel and subsequent film Memoirs of a Geisha, you'll experience tea ceremonies, puppet theatre and authentic dance, as well as the famous Geisha women with their distinctive white faces, red lips and elaborate clothing.

  • Kodaiji Temple

    Kodaiji Temple

    Kodaiji is a wonderful temple in the Higashiyama District of Kyoto. Built in 1606 in memory of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan's greatest historical figures, by Hideyoshi's wife Nene who is also enshrined at the temple. Kodaiji belongs to the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. The main building have richly decorated interiors and are surrounded by beautiful Zen gardens.

  • Kyoto Imperial Palace

    Kyoto Imperial Palace

    This was the home of Japan’s imperial family until 1868, when they moved to Tokyo. If you want to visit on a guided tour, you will need to apply at the Imperial Household Agency, but the beautiful grounds around the palace are open to all.

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