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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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Our personal point man for Experience Japan Travel was Scott Kent, the right person for establishing good rapport from initial planning to travels' end. It wascompletely evident that he cares deeply about his clients, a terrific reflection not only on himself, but also on his company. Detailed planning and many 'extras' came from the heart, including spending trip time with him and his young daughter. We came together as strangers coming to a strange land and parted friends with much in common. Such is the essence of great travels! Especially because we were traveling with our 12-year-old granddaughter who has been immersed in Japanese as a second language since kindergarten, this was an extra special trip for us. She put her language skill to work and proved most helpful! She is an engaged young lady, so visiting sights that entailed new experiences and learning more about the culture was notably meaningful. The hands-on washi paper-making experience was surely one of the highlights as well as seeing the mountain area itself that included the thatched-roof community of Shirakawago and Gokayama where the paper is made. One of our granddaughter's goals was to ride a bullet train and that we did. Seeing the masses navigate the gigantic train stations was an experience in itself! Of course, we knew going in that the Japanese diet is very foreign to our own. We were the best sports we could be, with our granddaughter leading the way as already somewhat adjusted to the menu choices. We loved seeing and (usually) tasting the strange sea life that regularly finds it way into Japanese homes and restaurants. To sum it up... Japan: If it's in the sea, it's on the table! Memorable for sure.... READ MORE

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