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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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(Reverse): Gion 
Summer Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka

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The Golden Route Japan Tour Summer (Reverse): Gion Summer Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka
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9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

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The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus Gion Summer Festival and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3698.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus Gion Summer Festival and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Mon. Jul 14, 2025 Tue. Jul 22, 2025 US $3698.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Tour with AnimeJapan & 
Cherry Blossoms

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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Tour with AnimeJapan & Cherry Blossoms
Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Tour with AnimeJapan & Cherry Blossoms
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39 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
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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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
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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Sat. Mar 22, 2025 Sun. Mar 30, 2025 US $3798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga, Ninja & Food -  Cherry 
Blossoms

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Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga, Ninja & Food - Cherry Blossoms
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10 Days 9 Nights | from US $3798.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Nagoya / Iga Ueno / Kyoto / Osaka
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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): 
Takayama 
Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka

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The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse): Takayama Autumn Festival Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
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76 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Osaka / Nara / Kyoto / Kanazawa / Shirakawa- go / Takayama / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Tokyo
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Tour the most popular attractions of Tokyo & Kyoto, explore the rural areas of Japan, and attend the Takayama Autumn Festival, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom 
Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka

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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
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9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

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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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

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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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka.
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Sun. Apr 6, 2025 Mon. Apr 14, 2025 US $3798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto 
Aoi Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka
The Golden Route Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival with Expo 2025 Osaka
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128 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus the Aoi Festival and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must see sights of Tokyo & Kyoto...plus the Aoi Festival and Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Sun. May 11, 2025 Mon. May 19, 2025 US $3798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour 
with Expo 2025 Osaka

Group Tour | Deluxe          

Group Tour | Deluxe    

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Cherry Blossom Tour with Expo 2025 Osaka
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73 reviews

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Indulge in Japanese culture and visit the "must see" sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama & Kanazawa during the cherry blossom season, plus Expo 2025 Osaka.

9 Days 8 Nights | from US $3798.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
Indulge in Japanese culture and visit the "must see" sites of Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama & Kanazawa during the cherry blossom season, plus Expo 2025 Osaka.
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Sun. Apr 6, 2025 Mon. Apr 14, 2025 US $3798.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow 
Monkeys & Snow Corridor

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
The Golden Triangle of Japan: Fuji Shibazakura, Snow Monkeys & Snow Corridor
76 reviews
76 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4098.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must-see sights of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as some seasonal headliners showing the unique side of Japan.

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4098.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Matsumoto / Yudanaka / Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route / Takayama / Shirakawa-go / Kanazawa / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka
The must-see sights of Tokyo and Kyoto as well as some seasonal headliners showing the unique side of Japan.
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Thu. May 9, 2024 Sat. May 18, 2024 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Fri. May 9, 2025 Sun. May 18, 2025 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Sat. May 9, 2026 Mon. May 18, 2026 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Best of Japan Tour Winter

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Winter
Best of Japan Tour Winter
120 reviews
120 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4098.00

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

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4098.00

Tokyo / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Sun. Dec 22, 2024 Tue. Dec 31, 2024 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Feb 17, 2025 Wed. Feb 26, 2025 US $4098.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
Mon. Dec 22, 2025 Wed. Dec 31, 2025 US $4198.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse)

Group Tour | Deluxe          Book Now & Save $100

Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse)
Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse)
120 reviews
120 reviews

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4198.00

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

10 Days 9 Nights | from US $4198.00

Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Fri. May 17, 2024 Sun. May 26, 2024 US $4198.00 Osaka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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