Kyoto is Japan’s ancient capital; a charming city teeming with ancient shrines, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and traditional neighbourhoods that are still home to the ubiquitous Geisha.
This mountain-flanked, picturesque city is the perfect compliment to the neon screens and robotic voices that characterise Tokyo. Kyoto is home to over 2000 Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples; some grand and majestic, others quiet and idyllic, making it the perfect destination for getting to know Japan’s vast history and getting up close with it’s stunning architecture.
Along the outskirts of the city sits the neighbourhood of Arashiyama, a beautiful riverside destination that boasts a wide variety of both shrines and temples, as well as the world-famous Bamboo Forest and a mountain populated with monkeys! Venture a little further south and you’ll discover Fushimi Inari; a tunnel constructed from 10,000 vermillion torii gates which you may have seen in the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. Kyoto is also close to some other incredible and worthwhile destinations, including the beautiful city of Nara and Tokyo’s laid-back sibling Osaka.