For those connected to calmness, beauty and serenity, Kyoto is a must.
Considered the traditional heart of Japan, the city once served as the capital.
Boasting numerous gardens, imperial palaces, classical Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines – all are different, fascinating and peaceful to explore.
In the Gion district, classic images of Japan can be found – streets of traditional wooden houses, century old tea rooms, pagodas, paving stones, cherry blossom trees and colourful geisha, woman who are highly trained in the arts of music, dance and entertaining.
Continuing with traditions, Kyoto is also home to formal practices such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes and of course the glamour of maiko shows (an apprentice geisha).
Look beyond the culture and you will find some of the best shopping precincts in Japan with department stores, markets and exciting alleyways of specialist shops.