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Kyoto & Nara

Kyoto served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence, now its your turn to experience...

Kyoto served as Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country’s seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face while still continuing to cherish their traditions. 
Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today and without a doubt Kyoto is Japan’s Cultural Capital.


 

Japan’s first permanent capital was established in the year 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. As the influence and political ambitions of the city’s powerful Buddhist monasteries grew to become a serious threat to the government, the capital was moved to Nagaoka in 784.
Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan’s oldest and largest temples and Buddhist Statues. The Deer oark in Nara is also very popular with adults and children alike., the city now known as

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Using Scott at Experience Japan Travel to plan our 1 week honeymoon in Japan was one of the best decisions we made! Our trip started off with a 5 hour flight deay from Canada which meant that we had missed the last train out from Tokyo to Kyoto. Before we had even landed, Scott had rearranged our hotels and trains, at no additional cost, and had totally taken care of it! There was zero stress. He even took the time out of his busy schedule to meet up with us in Kyoto on 2 occasions, and even bought us a celebratory honeymoon drink! He personalized our experience and there wasn't one thing we would have changed about our itinerary. It was a perfect mix of adventure, culture and a bit of honeymoon romance. It was seriously fantastic and it was the perfect way to see and experience the country. The English speaking guides he set us up with were also phenomental and really made the trip. We have absolutely no hesistation about recommending anyone to go with Scott. He is really good at what he does - 10/10! We can't wait to go back and see more of Japan. We loved staying in a traditional style ryokan in a hot springs village. It was a great way to live the culture. The only thing we would do different is "Stay longer!"... READ MORE

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