Temples, Palaces and Gardens

Kyoto had been the capital city of Japan for 1,000 years. Although this status did not remain, its traditions did. And till this day, Kyoto remains one of Japan’s best preserved cities. Take an enjoyable stroll from Kiyomizu Temple to Yasaka Shrine and admire Zen landscaping and Japanese architecture at Kiyomizu Temple. Stop along the way at Gion and gain insight into the world of geisha along the charming streets of Kyoto. At Yasaka Shrine you can immerse yourself in Zen style Japanese Culture.

Head to Ohara village just outside the city for another great experience with Japanese culture. Relax in nature at the village surrounded by paddy fields and forested hills or explore nearby Buddhist temples that have been standing for many years.

The Golden Pavilion is definitely not to be missed. Known locally as Kinkaku-ji, the beautiful golden structure upon a pond will lure you to enter and explore. In the adjacent Silver Pavilion, which interestingly does not have a single piece of silver, you can enjoy its quiet charm surrounded by nature. 

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