As the former capital of Japan for over a thousand years, Kyoto is a city that exudes an aura of elegance and timeless beauty. It is also known for its rich history, cultural heritage, and stunning natural landscapes, including numerous temples, shrines, traditional gardens, and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Kyoto was Japan’s ancient capital for over a millennia. One of the most important and best preserved cities in Japan, the city is home to an incredible milieu of artistic, historical and architectural relics. Think 17 Unesco World Heritage Sites, the most important of Japan tourist attractions, as well as many a Kyoto shrine – over 1,600 Buddhist temples and at least 400 Shinto.
The city is a popular tourist destination for its great variety of landscapes. Among the monuments that can be visited are the Imperial Palace, the Kinkaku-ji and Ginkaku-ji (Golden and Silver Pavilions), and the postcard-perfect torii gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha.
If you want to see the apex of Japan tourism, Kyoto is the place. They say even the Japanese go there to learn about their own culture! Beyond Kyoto sightseeing, there are also splendid performances from geisha dances to kabuki theatre.
In the middle of your Kyoto tour, you’ll never stop and scratch your head about what to do in Kyoto. The story will be more along the lines of “So much to do, so little time!” For the city is without a doubt at par with the likes of Paris, London and Rome as one you should see at least once in your life.
Kyoto Imperial Palace & Nijo Castle Small Group Guided Walking Tour - 3 Hour