Kyoto reigned as Japan’s capital city for over a thousand years, and its temples and shrines are a testament to its past glory. Kyoto is a city that very much embodies the spirit of old-world Japan. From its imperial palaces, Zen gardens and Shinto shrines to the traditional wooden buildings and screen facades of downtown Gion.
Gion is the last working Geisha district left in Japan and the only place in the world where (if you’re lucky) you can see these mysterious elegant female entertainers practice their craft. Visit otherworldly bamboo forests and ornate shrines and learn all about the art of tea, Zen Buddhism and many other pillars of Japanese culture. All this within the borders of this mysterious yet welcoming city.