Holidays to Kyoto, Japan

Though Kyoto is certainly developed, it holds a unique traditional and spiritual mien that you simply can’t find in Tokyo. It’s home to countless temples and shrines, including the colossal Higashi Hongan-ji and the famous Golden Pavilion Kinkaku-ji – one of the country’s finest examples of classical Asian architecture. At these sites, you can immerse yourself in Japan’s complex spiritual landscape, and feel a unique tranquillity that can be found in few other places. 

Kyoto has always been known for its active culture of traditionalist artisans. As other areas of the country have raced into the future, Kyoto has maintained a palpable sense of its roots. This is exceptionally evident in its vibrant arts scene. Wandering through the Nishjin textile district, you’ll be able to find speciality artisan shops that haven’t changed their techniques in centuries. Here, you can find traditional tofu sellers, washi shops, handcrafted chazutsu stalls, tea merchants and more, making it the ultimate place to look for a Japanese souvenir. 

Aside from the fascinating history and spirituality of the city, Kyoto is also known as a great place for foodies. The Nishiki Market in the bustling heart of Kyoto serves a wide range of fresh local produce, and the wider city is dotted with prestigious, Michelin-starred restaurants, indie cafes, and lively cocktail bars. If there’s one thing that Kyoto does better than anywhere else, it’s Kaiseki – a traditional Japanese dinner served in several courses. You’ll have no trouble finding a well-reputed restaurant where you can enjoy this authentic experience and soak in a one-of-a-kind view. 

Due to its potent sense of tradition, Kyoto is one of the best places in the country to get a first-hand experience of some of Japan’s more intricate cultural staples. Ryokan inns, geisha tours, onsen hot spring baths, hanami cherry-blossom viewing parties, and traditional cooking classes, are just a few of the authentic and memorable experiences you can have in Kyoto. Though you’re sure to find some lovely artefacts to bring back from your trip, these memories are souvenirs that will last a lifetime. 

Highlights

  • 2,000 temples and shrines to explore

  • A vibrant arts culture to delve into

  • Delectable, genuine Japanese cuisine

David
Travel Designer
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I love Japan for its striking contrasts of cities and national parks, and living and teaching in Tokyo was the chance to perfect my Japanese. I’ve now been a Japan travel specialist for 10 years and have explored it top to toe. My next challenge is to cycle the entire island of Shikoku, with its pilgrimage trail of 88 temples!

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Things to do in Kyoto

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