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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.
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.
Osaka/ Tokyo Narita and Haneda (Japan Airlines, British Airways)
12 hours 30 minutes from London
GMT +9 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
No vaccinations required
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Having just returned from a truly wonderful trip, I wanted to tell you how impressed we were with your part in this. (Debbie Rawnsley) We loved the itinerary, we loved the service levels, we loved the guides and above all we loved the experience of this unique culture with its overwhelming ‘otherness’, its politesse, its perfection its precision, its history, its gardens, its architecture and its charm. So, well done
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