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Kyoto (Kyoto Prefecture)

From 794 to 1869, Kyoto was the Capitol of Japan. Up until 1869, all the Emperors of Japan were seated and had full control of the country in Kyoto. Kyoto offers the chance to be immersed in the rich Culture and Tradition, as well as showing how Kyoto can adapt to the new traditions of modern times.

Kyoto served as Japans capital and the emperors 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, and 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. With 17 Unesco World Heritage registered Temples, Shrines and gardens in Kyoto, you may think that Kyoto has the most Temples and shrines in Japan. However, even with over 3000 Temples and Shrines, it still only has the second most, but without a doubt Kyoto is the main attraction for Overseas Visitors while in Japan.  Kyoto is not only about Temples and traditional, but is a place that brilliantly merges tradition with modern trends and architecture.  Kyoto also offers many hand-on-experiences and if you want to get a little active, of course this is possible with hiking, rafting and even monkey parks to visit.    


 

Japanese Cuisine was registered as an Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage asset in 2013. It mentions “Japanese Cuisine”,  however, this originated from the Kyoto
Traditional style Cuisine called Kaiseki Ryori. While you are in Kyoto, you definitely need to try the Kaiseki Cuisine, which consists of 10-12 small dishes of seasonal food ranging from vegetables, seafood and meat. In particular, the Kaiseki Cuisine offers you a chance to see the seamless presentation of Japanese Cuisine.

Do enjoy an experience in Kyoto will increase your memories of this city. Any experience from Hiking on part of the Kyoto Trail, to taking a traditional merchant boat ride approx. 16km down a scenic route, participating in Zazen meditation, flower arranging, Cooking classes or even having an exclusive arrangement at a World Temple Heritage with you own personal Monk showing you around. 

Wether you are an artists, avid gardener, collector of antiques, museum lover, and even if you are a Sake admirer, there will always be something in Kyoto to satisfy your needs and interests.  

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We were a little apprehensive about the difficulty of getting around in Japan, where we could not speak or read the language at all. But Amanda at Experience Jpan Travel planned an itinerary that felt both leisurely and fun-filled, and saw to it that every transition was easy to handle and stress-free. She really listened to our lodging preferences and found us six small characterful hotels, all different, all charming. On our breeze through Osaka, Amanda met our train and helped us find our way through the maze of Osaka Station to our hotel, then showed us around Shin-Sekai, a fun neighborhood we might have missed on our own. When we wanted to make last-minute changes to our itinerary en route, Amanda was right there on the other end of a phone to tell us how to make it happen. Altogether a delightful way to travel! We had our breath taken away in exquisite gardens in Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa. We were enchanted by the art installations on Naoshima and Teshima. At a nearly-empty izakaya on a rainy night in Kanazawa, we sat at the counter enjoying yellowtail dumplings and Kaga-jibuni while the chef amused us with astounding card tricks. Keep the day-guides we hired to introduce us to the cities, but not let them take us to museums and shrines (where we can do fine by ourselves) but have them walk with us through hidden neighborhoods we would not easily find on our own, and help us converse with the the locals in the various trades. We would allot more time to Tokyo and Kyoto, which offered so much more than we had time to enjoy.... READ MORE

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