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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 Japans capital and the emperors residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the countrys 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. 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 just 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.    


 

Japans 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 citys 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 park in Nara is also very popular with adults and children alike. Not only the central area of Nara, but if you want to be a little more adventurous, you can head further inland and reach the very rural but relaxing Yoshino area of Nara. This is a great area to come, especially if you are wanting to get away from the crowds and into nature. A popular area for the Sakura Cherry Blossom trees, but in other months you can relax with maybe not seeing any other Overseas Visitor.

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