Kyoto is a city steeped in history and tradition. A former imperial capital for over 1,000 years, it and the surrounding prefecture contain 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Long renown for its immaculately detailed gardens, serene temples and shrines, and stunning mountain views, Kyoto is a must-see for any serious visitor to the country. Spend a couple of nights here and if you're lucky, you might spot a geisha or maiko scurrying off to her next appointment.
A street in the heart of Gion representing Kyoto with its ancient atmosphere.
One of the most famous architectural structures in Kyoto, Kiyomizudera Temple is a national treasure of Japan and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The view from the balcony overlooking Kyoto is spectacular.
Nijo Castle was built as a residence for the shogunate, Togukawa Ieyasu. The castle is a national historic site of Japan, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring Ninomaru Garden (designated a special place of scenic beauty).
Tokyo has something for everyone and is the center of nearly everything Japanese, be it politics, business, or culture.
Osaka is the center of Japan’s second-largest metropolitan area, after Tokyo. The city’s friendly personality is expressed in a local dialect peppered with phrases like ookini (“Thanks much!”).