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It's not much of a surprise that Kyoto is the most popular place in Japan during cherry blossom season. The image of classical Japan, Kyoto was Japan's capital for over 1,000 years, taking over from Nara in the 8th century and replaced by Tokyo in the 19th. The city has learned the art of balancing its incredibly old, rich culture (17 sites are listed as UNESCO World Heritage here) with the contemporary world, meaning you can explore anything from ancient Buddhist temples and elaborate palaces to the art of manga and nouveau cuisine. Long a centre of religion, culture, food and art, it is in the quiet backstreets and tranquil temples that Kyoto's traditional soul dwells - hurrying between engagements with the flawless geisha, in the tea ceremony or in the quiet contemplation of a zen garden - whilst it can be easy to miss, it's also easy to find.

During cherry blossom season (sakura) Kamo River is lined with cherry blossoms and so is a beautiful walk, and the Imperial Palace Park has cherry blossoms throughout. Stroll the Philosopher's Path for more cherry blossom action (the whole path is lined with them) as well as hidden shrines and temples.

Things To See In Kyoto

No trip to Kyoto would be complete without seeing one of the wonders listed below.

  • Discover Kinkakuji Temple
    Kinkakuji Temple

    A place of peace and tranquillity in a quiet corner of Kyoto – its main hall covered in layers of gold leaf.

  • Discover Ryoanji Temple
    Ryoanji Temple

    The home of Japan's most famous garden, a display of perfect harmony and elegant simplicity.

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Kyoto offers a wealth of wonderful sights and experiences. What better way to explore them than on a Wendy Wu tour?

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Kyoto at a Glance

We all enjoy a good fact or two - here are a few useful ones about Kyoto:

  • Time Difference - GMT +9
  • Approx. Flight Time - 12 Hours
  • Population - 1.5 Million
  • Landmark - Tenryuji Temple
  • Local Food - Kaiseki Ryori
  • Best Time to go? - Spring