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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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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Autumn

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Highlights of Taiwan and Japan Tour Autumn

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Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Autumn is an excellent time to visit Taiwan and Japan on a multi-country tour. The natural splendor, fascinating cultures, delicious local cuisine and impressive historic marvels of these two islands await on this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary.

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Taiwan (Taroko National Park / Sun Moon Lake / Fenqihu / Alishan National Forest / Taichung / Taipei), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
Autumn is an excellent time to visit Taiwan and Japan on a multi-country tour. The natural splendor, fascinating cultures, delicious local cuisine and impressive historic marvels of these two islands await on this once-in-a-lifetime itinerary.
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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Spring Tour

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Anime Flavor: Tokyo & Kyoto with Hiroshima Spring Tour
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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
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 / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
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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Best of Japan Tour Summer with Expo 2025 
Osaka

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Best of Japan Tour Summer with Expo 2025 Osaka
Best of Japan Tour Summer with Expo 2025 Osaka
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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Oobokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe / Osaka
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Expo 2025 
Osaka

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Best of Japan Tour Autumn with Expo 2025 Osaka
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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / 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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.

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Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / 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, plus Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour
Best of Japan with Japanese Alps: Autumn Leaves Tour
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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
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.

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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
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Sat. Oct 26, 2024 Tue. Nov 5, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori 
Dance Festival

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Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori Dance Festival
Best of Japan Tour Summer: Tokushima Awa Odori Dance Festival
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103 reviews

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

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

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Tokushima / Takamatsu / Oboke Gorge / Shimanami Kaido / Hiroshima / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan.
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Thu. Aug 8, 2024 Sun. Aug 18, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): Wisteria Tunnel at 
Kawachi Fuji Gardens

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Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens
Best of Japan Tour Spring (Reverse): Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens
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11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Kitakyushu / Yamaguchi / Iwakuni / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan, plus the Wisteria Flower Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Kitakyushu / Yamaguchi / Iwakuni / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Takamatsu / Kurashiki / Himeji / Kobe / Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo
Perfect for those who want to visit the well known regions of Japan, plus the Wisteria Flower Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens
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Wed. May 1, 2024 Sat. May 11, 2024 US $4598.00 Fukuoka Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival

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Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival
Best of Japan Tour Spring: Kyoto Aoi Festival
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11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Visit the most popular regions of Japan, sightsee the country's main cities, and observe the elegant Kyoto Aoi Festival.

11 Days 10 Nights | from US $4598.00

Tokyo / Mt Fuji / Hakone / Hikone / Koka / Kyoto / Nara / Osaka / Himeji / Kurashiki / Hiroshima / Shimanami Kaido / Obokekyo Gorge / Kotohira / Takamatsu / Kobe
Visit the most popular regions of Japan, sightsee the country's main cities, and observe the elegant Kyoto Aoi Festival.
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Sat. May 11, 2024 Tue. May 21, 2024 US $4598.00 Tokyo Osaka Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of China and Japan Tour Spring

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Highlights of China and Japan Tour Spring
Highlights of China and Japan Tour Spring

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4598.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A refreshing 14-day spring tour through China and Japan, while exploring their ancient cultural treasures.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4598.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hikone / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A refreshing 14-day spring tour through China and Japan, while exploring their ancient cultural treasures.
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Mon. May 13, 2024 Sun. May 26, 2024 US $4598.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

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Group Tour | Deluxe    Book Now & Save $100

Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour
Highlights of China and Japan: Autumn Leaves Tour

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4598.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A 14-day tour that takes travelers to discover the beautiful sights of China and Japan under the bright colors of autumn.

14 Days 13 Nights | from US $4598.00

China (Beijing / Xian / Shanghai), Japan (Nara / Kyoto / Koka / Hakone / Mt Fuji / Tokyo)
A 14-day tour that takes travelers to discover the beautiful sights of China and Japan under the bright colors of autumn.
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Mon. Nov 18, 2024 Sun. Dec 1, 2024 US $4598.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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Mon. Nov 23, 2026 Sun. Dec 6, 2026 US $4598.00 Beijing Tokyo Deluxe Save this tour Book Now  
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