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Kyoto Tours

Kyoto Tours

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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Signature: Classic Japan - Takayama Autumn Festival Tour arrow readmore icon

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Hiroshima / Naoshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe

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14 Days 13 Nights | from US $9298.00 (Limit to 16 guests)

The finest Japan group travel experience with a maximum group size 16 guests.

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Sun. Oct 6, 2024 Sat. Oct 19, 2024 US $9298.00

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Mon. Oct 6, 2025 Sun. Oct 19, 2025 US $9298.00

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Tue. Oct 6, 2026 Mon. Oct 19, 2026 US $9298.00

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Japan Pottery, Garden & Art Tour with Tokyo Extension arrow readmore icon

Toho Village / Sasebo / Hasami / Arita / Karatsu / Bizen / Kurashiki / Yasugi / Naoshima / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Mt. Fuji / Tokyo

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17 Days 16 Nights | from US $9998.00 (Limit to 12 guests)

For travelers looking for a longer Japan Pottery, Garden, and Art Tour, join this 17-day tour that features immersive Japan ceramics experiences, art, architecture, and gardens, with an exciting extension to Mount Fuji and Tokyo!

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Wed. May 28, 2025 Fri. Jun 13, 2025 US $9998.00

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Wed. May 27, 2026 Fri. Jun 12, 2026 US $9998.00

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Tokyo / Hakone / Kyoto


8 Days 7 Nights | from US $12998.00 (Limit to 6 guests)

Our Luxury Japan Spring Tour offers the best choice cuisine, extraordinary experiences and the most luxurious accommodations.

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Sun. May 11, 2025 Sun. May 18, 2025 US $12998.00

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Tokyo / Hakone / Kyoto


8 Days 7 Nights | from US $12998.00 (Limit to 6 guests)

Our Luxury Japan Summer Tour offers the best choice cuisine, extraordinary experiences and the most luxurious accommodations.

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Sun. Jun 22, 2025 Sun. Jun 29, 2025 US $12998.00

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Tokyo / Hakone / Kyoto


8 Days 7 Nights | from US $12998.00 (Limit to 6 guests)

Our Luxury Japan Autumn Tour offers the best choice cuisine, extraordinary experiences and the most luxurious accommodations.

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Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Sun. Oct 20, 2024 US $12998.00

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Sun. Oct 12, 2025 Sun. Oct 19, 2025 US $12998.00

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Tokyo / Hakone / Kyoto


8 Days 7 Nights | from US $14998.00 (Limit to 6 guests)

Our Luxury Japan Cherry Blossom Tour offers the best choice cuisine, extraordinary experiences and the most luxurious accommodations.

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Sun. Mar 30, 2025 Sun. Apr 6, 2025 US $14998.00

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Tokyo / Hakone / / Kyoto


8 Days 7 Nights | from US $14998.00 (Limit to 6 guests)

Our Luxury Japan Autumn Leaves Tour offers the best choice cuisine, extraordinary experiences and the most luxurious accommodations.

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Sun. Nov 10, 2024 Sun. Nov 17, 2024 US $14998.00

Small Group Limited to 6 passengers

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Sun. Nov 9, 2025 Sun. Nov 16, 2025 US $14998.00

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