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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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Very well organised with very good, experienced advice on what to do and see. The trip was tailored to our needs and time frame - which worked really well for u and gave us maximum value for our time in Japan. Other than the beauty of Japan and the great food, our guide Ako was great and Scott (our main Japan Travel contact) took the time to hike with us up Mt Atago which was very good of him. The weather was perfect and the crowds were few, we had both of our two days at Lake Kawaguchi where Mt Fuji was cloud free! The Cherry Blossom season was late so we also unexpectedly got to enjoy the benefits without the crowds.... READ MORE

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"Miyama is a small historic Village abot 1.5 hours from Kyoto. There are 50 houses here, but 38 of these are traditional thatched roof houses."

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