Kyoto, Bali

Kyoto, Japan

 

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General

Ancient Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for over a thousand years.

Surrounded by scenic hills to the north, west and east, which the founding Emperor Kammu described as a natural fortress, the city reigned from 794 to 1868 as the cultural and artistic centre of the nation - a position it still holds today - as well as the political nucleus.

Kyoto originally called Heiankyo Capital of Peace doesn't live only in the past. The seventh largest city in Japan with a population of 1.4 million, it has also kept pace with the modern world. Thriving electric, machinery and chemical plants are numerous. The comprehensive Kyoto International Conference Hall located in the north-eastern part of the city is a marvel of state-of-the-art technology. Combined with the remarkable array of other superb attractions, it has made Kyoto a world-class convention destination. Some of the most prestigious universities in the country are also situated here, forming a major educational enclave.

 

 Attractions

The more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and 270 Shinto shrines attest to its importance as a religious focal point, while the impressive Imperial Palace and two jewel-like Imperial villas set in their legendary gardens are reminiscent of the aesthetic splendour of the city's once-pivotal role.
The vast wealth of traditional art, architecture and crafts that have influenced architects and artists from around the globe have been carefully and lovingly preserved. So whether viewing the dazzling Golden Pavilion mirrored in its smooth, reflecting pond, absorbing a glittering, time-honoured festival, or simply wandering through picturesque narrow streets resonant with antiquity, Kyoto is a city unlike any other that offers both to stimulate - and satisfy - the soul.

 

Fushimi Inari Shrine  

Kiyomizu Temple

This shrine is an important Shinto shrine located on the mountain of Inari-san. It has thousands of vermilion Torii gates and many fox statues across the shrine grounds. Foxes are thought to be messengers of Inari, the god of rice harvest and more recently, business. The entire complex sprawls across the wooded forest of sacred Mount Inari.

This ancient temple was first built in 798 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto and derives its name from the fall's pure waters. It is best known for its wooden stage that juts out from its main hall 13 meters above the hillside below.

 

   
 

 

Arashiyama

Kinkakuji & Ryoanji Temple

Arashiyama is popular destination where nobles would enjoy its natural setting. The Togetsukyo Bridge is a central land mark of Arashiyama. Many small shops, restaurants and other attractions are found nearby. The Bamboo Groves is a magical place. The walking path that cuts through the bamboo groves make for a nice walk or bicycle ride.

Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion) whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf, is one of the historical buildings most representative of Japan. The facts regarding Ryoanji Temple’s famous rock garden are less certain. Although there are fifteen rocks only 14 can be seen regardless of which angle the garden is viewed from.


 

Local Food

   

Kyo Kaiseki

Yatsuhashi-Japanese Sweets                     

In fact, it can be said that Kaiseki-ryori is the ultimate Japanese cuisine. Kaiseki-ryori uses the fresh ingredients of the season and is cooked in ways that enhance the original taste of the ingredients. Each dish is simply seasoned and presented beautifully in exquisite dinnerware.

Yatsuhashi is a popular souvenir confectionery from Kyoto. There are 2 kinds of Yatsuhashi, baked and unbaked. Nama-Yatsuhashi (unbaked) is more popular and its a mochi with a red bean paste filling and nikki (cinnamon) taste.    

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Treasure of Japan 12 days

Treasure of Japan 12 days

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Independent Tours

Hotel: Tokyo (3 nights), Hakone (1 night), Takayama (1 night), Kanazawa (1 night), Kyoto (3 nights), Osaka (2 nights)
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Guide: English speaking guide included on day tours only.

from $3,090
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Super Explorer 21 Days

Super Explorer 21 Days

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Independent Tours

Hotel: Sapporo (3 nights), Tokyo (4 nights), Hakone (1 night), Takayama (1 night), Kanazawa (2 nights),  Kyoto (5 nights), Mt. Koya (1 night), Osaka (3 nights).
Meals: 17 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinner
Guide: English speaking guide included on day tours only.

from $5,390
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Intriguing Spirit of Japan 14 days

Intriguing Spirit of Japan 14 days

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Independent Tours

  • Transfer from Narita Airport to hotel
  • Transfer from hotel to Kansai Airport
  • 13 Nights Accommodation
  • 10 breakfasts, 2  lunches, 2 dinners
  • 7-Day Japan Rail Pass
  • Luggage Transfer Service on Day 5 and 12
  • English Speaking Guide included on day tours only.

from $4,490
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Seasonal Escapes 11 days

Seasonal Escapes 11 days

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Independent Tours

Hotel: One way    Tokyo(3 Nights), Hakone (1 Night), Kyoto (3 Nights), Mt.Koya (1 Night), Osaka (2 Nights)
           Return    Tokyo(4 Nights), Hakone (1 Night), Kyoto (3 Nights), Mt.Koya (1 Night), Osaka (1 Nights)
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners.
Guide: English speaking guide included on day tours only.

from $3,490
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Kyoto Hotel & Ryokan View More

Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande
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Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande

1 min walk from Kyoto Station

This hotel is connected with JR Kyoto Station by underground passage. It faces the bus terminal for local... View More

Hiiragiya Ryokan
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Hiiragiya Ryokan

15 mins. Taxi Kyoto

"Omotenashi" an atmosphere of graciousness & hospitality and welcome. The inscription that holds such a... View More

Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto
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Hotel Vista Premio Kyoto

10 mins drive from JR Kyoto Station

Largest Hotel Chain's hotel in Kyoto, abundantly include Japanese and Kyoto taste like spot light and shoji... View More

Kyoto Day Tours View More

Fushimi Inari Shrine and Sake Tasting Tour

Visit the Sake Museum in Fushimi and taste some samples of Japan's finest sake, then stroll through one... View More

Sagano Bamboo Grove & Arashiyama Walking Tour

Bathe yourself in the rural atmosphere of Saga-Arashiyama, a short train ride from Kyoto. With Mt. Arashiyama... View More

Kyoto Samurai Experience & Dinner at Izakaya Restaurant

Enjoy a watch a "Kembu" (Sword Dancing) show, which is a form of traditional Japanese entertainment, and have... View More


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