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Kyoto is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites


Kyoto flourished as Japan’s imperial capital for about 1,000 years and is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, over 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines.

Kyoto showcases all the elements of ancient Japan that one could imagine- fine architecture, stunning gardens, world-class cuisine, vibrant festivals, tea rooms and sake breweries, elegant geisha, and rich arts & crafts.

Like most large cities in Japan, the beauty of Kyoto lies in the details and on the surface, the city looks surprisingly modern.

Over 40 million visitors visit Kyoto every year. Its must-see sights include the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, the famous rock garden of Ryoan-ji- one of the most important Zen temples in the city.

Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu-dera and the shops of Higashiyama District, Sanjusangendo and its landscape garden, Nishiki market with its incredible food shops and restaurants, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Fushimi Inari Shrine with its incredible torii gates and traditional geisha district of Gion.

A short journey by train from Kyoto brings you to the historic ancient capital of Nara, one of the friendliest and greenest cities in the country. The main attraction, Todai-ji Temple is the world’s largest wooden building, housing the mighty Daibutsu bronze statue of Buddha.

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Another famous feature of Nara is the sacred deer, approximately 1,200 of them, who the locals believe are the messengers of the gods. They are therefore protected by city law and allowed to wander freely. The city is best explored on foot and can be visited as a day trip from Kyoto.

Further popular excursions from Kyoto are to Mount Koya, also known as Koya-san in Japanese. One of the holiest mountains in the country, Mount Koya is home to more than 100 temples and monasteries and is the centre of the esoteric Shingon sect of Buddhism.

For those interested in Buddhism, an overnight stay in a simple temple lodging would offer a profoundly spiritual experience along with an opportunity to savour delicious vegetarian cuisine prepared by the monks. The village has recently been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site status. 

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