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Kyoto

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World heritage site · Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world. A Kyoto vacation appeals to visitors wishing to enrich their outdoor explorations with some historical and spiritual flair, an easy task in a city claiming to posses over 1,000 notable Buddhist temples. In addition to soaking up the architectural sights, popular things to do in Kyoto include visits to the busy textile district, browsing the old-fashioned shopping streets, and dropping into tofu shops and traditional teahouses. Plan the details of your Kyoto holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use Japan trip builder tool.
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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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