Because the city served as the emperor’s home base for more than a thousand years, the name Kyoto means “capital” in Japanese. Kyoto blossomed as a center for learning and the arts—and today boasts 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Immerse yourself in Japan's spiritual heritage with travel to this city, home to more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines. Admire the unique aesthetics of these sacred spaces, including the striking torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine and the nearly 50-foot-tall bronze Buddha statue Daibutsu at Todaiji Temple in Nara.
Our experts have arranged activities for you at every destination to create memories of a lifetime.
- Learn the art of macrobiotic Japanese cooking that balances yin and yang
- Experience a traditional tea ceremony in a temple or secret tea room and pick up a tea set for your next party
- Lose, yet find yourself amid bamboo forests
- Learn the art of the Kimono and it's role with women's cultural preservation
- Experience a traditional ryokan (Japanese guest house) with mats
- Walk through traditional architecture that has survived the test of time
- Experience an Onsens (public Japanese baths) fed by mineral-rich hot springs