Welcome to Kyoto
Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan, and one of its most beautiful cities.
More modern than many realize, with its sleek Kyoto Station and business district, it is still beloved for its peaceful temples and lovely geishas.
To soak in the heritage of Kyoto, head east, away from downtown highrises, to the historic district of Gion. Here you’ll wander traditional Kyoto-style streets and be in the home of those legendary female entertainers and hostesses, the geisha, or “person of art.” Spot them in the evening as they leave their hanamachi, or neighborhoods, for their engagements.
While it takes years of training to become a geisha, visitors are encouraged at local studios to experience their traditional dress and makeup.
Beyond Gion are countless temples and shrines to visit, each with its own unique beauty and serenity. Gaze at the golden Kinkakuji Temple, explore the natural wonders of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, or take the two-hour hike through the iconic Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine up to sacred Mount Inari, passing 10,000 torii gates and seeing thousands of other shrines along the way. Just to name a few!
Kyoto is also known for its cherry blossoms, or sakura, which bloom in spring. This is a popular time for visitors, but once there you will see the blossoms are everywhere. Wander down quiet streets or along river canals for your own magical experience away from crowds. During the cherry blossom festival, you can also catch two of Kyoto’s biggest geisha dances, the Miyako Odori and the Kyo Odori.
Travel to this City of 10,000 Shrines to celebrate the seasons, slip on the silk kimonos of the geisha and wander a Bamboo Forest. And book one of our amazing Kyoto photographers to capture your cultural experience in this centuries old city!