Traditional Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan and makes a wonderful contrast to Tokyo, offering visitors an insight into the Japan that once was. With over 2,000 temples and shrines the city is a great example of Japanese architecture and plenty of time should be dedicated to exploring these different sites. We can arrange a guided tour which will really bring the history and culture of the temples to life, but if you prefer to explore independently then some of the must-sees are Kinkaku-ji, whose gold plated exterior overlooks a large, tree lined pond, and the Fushimi Inari shrine, which is
reached via snaking avenues of bright red torii gates. Kyoto is also the home of the geisha and around 200 geiko (mature geishas) and 100 maiko (apprentice geisha) still live and practice in the city. A really unique Japanese phenomenon, spotting the painted white face of a geisha is a memorable experience, for the best chance, head to the Gion area where the geishas live.

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