Kyoto – Japan
Take an unforgettable trip to the cultural centre of Japan and see in the flesh the imagined wonder of the country. Emerald bamboo groves hide golden temples, Geisha disappear down raked stone pathways, and enchanting deep red cherry blossom trees encapsulate serene ponds and lakes. Kyoto couldn’t be more different from the frenzy of futuristic Tokyo, which overtook it as the country’s capital city but not as its cultural or historical superior. An Itinerary is a must, as the city is adorned with countless beautiful shrines and temples. There are also a vast number of stunning Zen Gardens. It is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, home to a staggering 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites and over 1600 Buddhist temples. The Temple of the Golden Pavilion is the most eminent example, a picturesque golden temple which reflects perfectly in the surrounding pond. Choose your itinerary wisely, as there’s no possibility of seeing every gem hidden in this remarkable city!
Where is it?
The city is located in the Kansai region, around 200 miles south west of Tokyo. Kyoto is perfectly nestled in a valley, with green mountains rising impressively around it.
What is it?
Kyoto was the Imperial capital of Japan for over a millennium, and as such served as the Emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868.
Best time to visit?
Spring and autumn are the most temperate, as Japan experiences very extreme summer and winter months. April and November are the best months to visit, especially as this coincides with the trees blossoming and turning.
Hōnen-in is one of Kyoto’s lesser known treasures, a gorgeous 300 year old temple that encapsulates the best of the city. Set amongst serene forest, it has perfectly raked gardens and stunning features.