Kyoto

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On first glance, it may be hard to believe that Kyoto is not only home to an astonishing 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines but also to a staggering 17 UNESCO world heritage sites. During the city's time in power, temples and shrines were continuously constructed for the emperors, shoguns geishas and monks. Kyoto was one of the few areas to escape the allied bombing World War II and as a result still boasts a plethora of pre-war buildings. A city continuously undergoing modernization, these buildings now juxtapose newer architecture, of note, the Kyoto Station complex, a giant futuristic glass structure and one of the largest and most striking railway stations in the Being at the top of most visitors to Japan 'must see' list, Kyoto is well equipped with a multitude of  accommodation options, ranging from basic temple stays up to deluxe internationally known hospitality names. As with the rest of Japan, Kyoto experiences extreme peak seasons, notably during the cherry blossom season and world. The now urban façade of this large metropolisinitially masks the renowned historical attractions, but with the right knowledge, information from A&K and a touch of curiosity, most visitors to Kyoto will soon realise that the hidden beauty of these attractions can be sought out in the parks and hidden spots around the city.


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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

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Japan, Hong Kong and the Ryukyu Islands Cruise

Nights: 15 | from £15,431pp

Explore the rarely visited Ryukyu Islands, as well as Taiwan and Hong Kong, accompanied by an award-winning expedition team on L’Austral. Find out more

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Classic Japan 2016

Nights: 9 | from £5,879pp

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture on this 10 night journey where you'll experience religious rituals, sample Kyoto's cuisine and learn the art of Zen... Find out more

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Classic Japan

Nights: 11 | from £5,100pp

Journey through the heart of Japan, mixing its pulsating cit-ies with its ancient temples, age-old traditions, sacred is-lands, sake breweries, 20th-century... Find out more

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Sushi and Sashimi

Nights: 11 | from £5,450pp

Food, culture and history are intertwined in this unique destination: not for nothing has Washoku – traditional Japanese cuisine – been inscribed on UNESCO’s... Find out more

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Okinawa Beach Break

Nights: 4 | from £1,670pp

For an extraordinary beach getaway, journey to the powdery white sands and azure waters of Okinawa, home to some of the world’s most beautiful marine... Find out more

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Hoshinoya Kyoto

Kyoto can be said to embody the very spirit of Japanese culture. The Arashiyama area of Kyoto, with its famous Togetsuyo Bridge, is a place without any... Find out more

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Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Located in the upper levels of Kyoto's recently rebuilt railway station, the Granvia Hotel Kyoto is the most convenient as well as one of the most luxurious... Find out more

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Hyatt Regency Kyoto

The Hyatt Regency is located in Higashiyama Shichijo, the traditional and cultural heart of Kyoto city. The 189 rooms and suites of varying sizes have... Find out more

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Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton's fourth Japanese hotel has just opened in the cultural city of Kyoto, overlooking the Kamogawa River with views that extend to the Higashiyama... Find out more

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Sumiya Ryokan

Sumiya is a very inviting authentic Japanese ryokan. As one walks into the main door there is a fusuma (Japanese sliding door) so you immediately feel... Find out more

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Best time to be there

Spring (late March to April) for cherry blossom, early summer (May to early June) for warm sunshine, autumn (October to November) for sunny weather and spectacular colours.

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Osaka/ Tokyo Narita and Haneda (Japan Airlines, British Airways)

flying time

12 hours 30 minutes from London

time difference

GMT +9 hours

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Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No vaccinations required

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