Things to see and do - Kyoto
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Kyoto Travel guide
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As soon as it was founded in the 8C, Kyoto – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site – was one of the largest capitals in the world and renowned for its magnificence and its spirit. It was here that the uniqueness of Japanese culture emerged. The 16C brought fresh impetus to the city's spiritual and cultural life. Spared from earthquakes and the onslaught of the Second World War, and having opted for clean industry, Kyoto has retained its architectural integrity. Its 3 000 temples and shrines and 200 gardens are the cornerstones for an escapade among the treasures of the past. Rediscover the art of taking your time.
Tourist attractions Kyoto : Things to see and do
The 13C Sanjusangen-do Temple is an unadorned wooden structure that stretches out over 120m. In contrast to this austere external appearance is the incredible extravaganza inside. In the dim lighting you can make out 1 001 statues of the Goddess of M..
Inaugurated in 1897, the Imperial Museum was created to preserve Kyoto's cultural treasures, which were under threat from the Emperor's own modernisation plans for the city. Now the National Museum, the old Baroque-style building is given over to exc..
Dedicated to merciful Kannon, Kiyomizu-dera dates back to the 8C, although the current buildings date from the 17C. The main building has a vertiginously high terrace with panoramic views. In the olden days believers would throw themselves off it ont..
Nakagyo-ku Shinmachi dori, Rokkaku-cho 361 J - Kyoto 604-8212
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Opening in March 2014, Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shinmachi Bettei offers accommodations with a modern yet traditional décor. Free Wi-Fi is available at the entire property and guests can refresh in the public bath. Shijo and Karasuma Station are both..
Nakagyo-ku Horikawa-dori Sanjo-agaru Higashigawa J - Kyoto 604-8263
Kyoto Horikawa Inn is a 10-minute drive from JR Kyoto Station and a 5-minute walk from Nijyo-Jyo-Mae Subway Station. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free internet access and a private bathroom. Horikawa Inn's rooms are also fitted with a TV wit..
Nakagyo-ku Sanjodori Karasuma Nishiiru Mikura-cho 80 J - Kyoto 604-8166
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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo is a 1-minute walk from Karasuma Oike Subway Station. The 4-star hotel offers modern accommodation with a restaurant, free internet and a public bath with views of the garden. Guestrooms offer both air-conditioning an..
Leisure activities Kyoto
Take a guided walk through Nishiki food markets and enjoy a Japanese cooking class on this small-group walking tour from Kyoto. You'll explore the back streets of Kyoto with their many interesting shops, and learn how to make Japanese home-cooked foo..
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Venture to Nara from Kyoto for the afternoon. Due to its past as the first permanent capital of Japan, Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples. Accompanied by your local guide, you'll visit the Todai..
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Explore the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara on a full-day tour from Kyoto. Escorted by a local guide, you'll tour Kyoto in the morning, enjoy a buffet lunch at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, then take an afternoon tour of Nara's temples and shrine..