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The sites and scenes of Kyoto, Japan's former capital, are still one of the most recommended and admired in Japan. The streets and buildings of Kyoto resonate differently from other major cities in the country. In fact, Kyoto’s main attractions usually focus on the nostalgic sensation from shrines and temples aside from the famous geisha district in Gion. The different seasons change the beauty at each of these sites, so visiting once per different season is a must.

Known as the cultural center and heart of Japan, Kyoto is located in the Kansai region of Japan. It was once the capital of Japan before Edo, modern-day Tokyo, was made the new capital. As a formal capital, it is no wonder that it has much history and just as many shrines as one can imagine. Their World Heritage Sites are also prominent, there are three that can be mentioned as must-see locations; The Nijo Castle, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Kinkaku-Ji Temple. There are many other places that are noted as World Heritage Sites, however, these are usually at the top of the list for most visitors. The Gion Geisha District is also quite known for being a main zone to spot Geisha on their way to work. Though there is a chance of seeing a geisha along the streets of Gion, there may be some that are not real trainees or Geisha at all. Real geisha or their trainees have a tight schedule to adhere to on their way to visit their patrons or when going to events. Though Kyoto is traditionally known as a place where geisha train and practice, there are still Geisha practitioners in other parts of the country not just in Kyoto.

Another part of Kyoto that is known for its beauty is the Ryoan-ji Rock Garden. The art made from the careful placement of structures and shapes to create a peaceful environment is admirable. This is particularly recognizable when all the stones can be seen at the same time no matter the angle the viewer takes around the garden. The designer or the date of the garden is not known, however, the Ryoan-ji Temple has a history that dates back to 1450, when Daimyo Hosokawa Katsumoto was deputy of the Ashikaga shoguns. It was Daimyo Katsumoto who ordered to transform the once villa into a temple. However, it was later burned down and rebuilt once after the fire was extinguished. Kyoto’s Maruyama Park (Maruyama Koen) is also known for its beauty particularly during the cherry blossom season that takes place in spring. Most hanami (cherry blossom viewing) is done in the park of Maruyama. Although most other parks also have hanami, they are not as popular as Maruyama’s views. Originally the park had many temples, but like many other structures in Japan, they were burned down. Eventually, it was established as a park in 1871 (Meiji Period), then it was opened as a public park around ten years later. The history and beauty of the area makes the trip to Maruyama worth a visit.

For textile history and displays of kimono fashion, Kyoto’s Nishijin Textile Center is available to the public for their daily fashion shows. There are also activities where one can practice weaving with the guide of an experienced textile weaver. The center also displays the type of silk worms that produce the threads needed for colorful kimonos, ties, handkerchiefs, and other accessories that can be made in a textile factory. The many kimono shown can vary depending on the season, particularly for the cherry blossom season when they add extra accessories on some of the models who wear the seasonal kimonos during the shows. In the end, Kyoto has a variety of locations and sites worth visiting for different people and their interests.

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Explore two beautiful countries in Asia - Korea & Japan in one tour, plus Expo 2025 Osaka!
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Highlights of Korea and Japan Tour Summer 
with Expo 2025 Osaka

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Explore two beautiful countries in Asia - Korea & Japan in one tour, plus Expo 2025 Osaka.
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Cherry Blossom 
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Travel to the most well known regions of Japan and its rural areas too while admiring Japan's famous cherry trees.

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Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Travel to the most well known regions of Japan and its rural areas too while admiring Japan's famous cherry trees.
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Blossom 
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Anime Flavor Tour is the best thing to fulfill your Otaku needs. We will go to some of the popular anime spots while learning about Japan’s culture.
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Blossom Tour

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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps (Reverse): Cherry Blossom Tour
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Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Travel to the most well known regions of Japan and its rural areas too while admiring Japan's famous cherry trees.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4698.00

Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa-go / Takayama / Matsumoto / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
Travel to the most well known regions of Japan and its rural areas too while admiring Japan's famous cherry trees.
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Sat. Mar 29, 2025 Tue. Apr 8, 2025 US $4698.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4698.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Witness Taiwan and Japan bloom in the gorgeous cherry blossom season during an itinerary hand-crafted to include natural wonder, historic must-sees, and cultural immersion.

13 Days 12 Nights | from US $4698.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Witness Taiwan and Japan bloom in the gorgeous cherry blossom season during an itinerary hand-crafted to include natural wonder, historic must-sees, and cultural immersion.
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Tue. Apr 1, 2025 Sun. Apr 13, 2025 US $4698.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 
2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
Best of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
119 reviews
119 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
Experience the best of Japan by visiting the country's top gardens, temples, and modern day sites during the cherry blossom season, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4698.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
Experience the best of Japan by visiting the country's top gardens, temples, and modern day sites during the cherry blossom season, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Mon. Apr 7, 2025 Thu. Apr 17, 2025 US $4698.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion 
Summer Festival

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival
Best of Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Kyoto Gion Summer Festival
122 reviews
122 reviews

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan...plus Gion Summer Festival.

12 Days 11 Nights | from US $4798.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan...plus Gion Summer Festival.
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Thu. Jul 11, 2024 Mon. Jul 22, 2024 US $4798.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of China and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour
Highlights of China and Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4798.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A 14-day spring cultural tour through China and Japan, featuring the beautiful Japanese cherry blossom.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4798.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A 14-day spring cultural tour through China and Japan, featuring the beautiful Japanese cherry blossom.
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Mon. Mar 31, 2025 Sun. Apr 13, 2025 US $4798.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Spring 
with Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Spring with Expo 2025 Osaka
Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Spring with Expo 2025 Osaka

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4798.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Enjoy an unforgettable spring tour to Taiwan and Japan in a professionally crafted itinerary with a balance of incredible must-sees, local culture, and natural beauty, plus a visit to the unique Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4798.00

Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Enjoy an unforgettable spring tour to Taiwan and Japan in a professionally crafted itinerary with a balance of incredible must-sees, local culture, and natural beauty, plus a visit to the unique Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai!
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Tue. May 13, 2025 Mon. May 26, 2025 US $4798.00 Taipei Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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