Japan

Kyoto

Kyoto is home to more than 2,000 atmospheric temples and shrines. Look for robed monks, hear prayer chants and meditate in zen gardens – Kyoto is the place to immerse yourself in Japan’s culture, traditions and religion.

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Japan food and art trail

Japanese culture in depth
Tokyo (3 days) Matsumoto (1) Takayama (2) Kyoto (3) Takamatsu (2) Osaka (4)
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Japan’s cities and countryside

Temples, teahouses and Tokyo
Tokyo (3 days) Hakone (2) Kyoto (2) Himeji (1) Kanazawa (2) Takayama (2) Tokyo (2)
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Cities of Japan

Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and beyond
Tokyo (3 days) Hakone (2) Kyoto (3) Hiroshima (2) Kinosaki (1) Osaka (3)
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Rural Japan route

Go beyond the big cities into the heart of Japan
Kyoto (3 days) Hiroshima (2) Takamatsu (3) Iya Valley (2) Himeji (1) Osaka (4)
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  • Tokyo

    Tokyo

    Tokyo has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other city in the world, but it’s not just about famous restaurants and high prices...
  • Takayama

    Takayama

    Little Takayama in Central Honshu is famous for its taste of rural Japan...
  • Matsumoto

    Matsumoto

    The alpine city of Matsumoto is famous for many things – it’s renowned for producing incredible art and artists, its beautiful setting in the northern Japanese Alps and for being the birthplace of soba (buckwheat) noodles, a Japanese delicacy...
  • Hakone

    Hakone

    Hakone is best known for its natural onsen (hot spa pools) and views of Mount Fuji...
  • Kinosaki

    Kinosaki

    Kinosaki is the archetypal onsen town — as well as being tourist-friendly...
  • Himeji

    Himeji

    Built in 1580, Himeji-jo has a legitimate claim to be Japan’s most magnificent castle...
  • Takamatsu

    Takamatsu

    The gardens of Ritsurin Park are one of Takamatsu main attractions and are the perfect place to relax...
  • Osaka

    Osaka

    Japan’s third-largest city might not be its prettiest, but it is one of its most welcoming...
  • Hiroshima

    Hiroshima

    While modern Hiroshima is a thriving, cosmopolitan city, it will always be known as the city destroyed by the world’s first atomic bomb...
  • Iya Valley

    Iya Valley

    The Iya Valley is a huge expanse of tree-lined mountains and deep river gorges, home to tiny villages, hot springs and great views...
  • Kanazawa

    Kanazawa

    Kanazawa is capital of the Ishikawa Prefecture and was largely undamaged by World War Two air raids, making it a great place to explore Japan’s historical architecture, such as the Nagamachi samurai district...

Things to do in Kyoto

Our recommended experiences and activities

Feed the deer in Nara
Kyoto

Feed the deer in Nara

Once the capital of Japan, Nara is known for its many temples and beautiful gardens that make it a perfect day trip from Kyoto or Osaka. However, it is the town’s resident 1,400 odd deer – seen as messengers from god after the myth of Kasuga Shrine, who came to Nara on the back of a deer – which are Nara’s quirky attraction.

Where to go in Japan

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