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Discover Kyoto


Formerly the imperial capital of Japan, it is in this city that the traditional Japanese ‘high arts’ flourished. Tea ceremony, calligraphy, poetry, philosophy or religion, Kyoto is the number one place to visit. Numerous temples and shrines are located throughout the city and walking along canals, next to traditional wooden houses and through the small streets really gives you an idea of the ancient Japanese imperial culture.

Kyoto is not just about the high arts however. The city is also famous for its crafts: textile, kimono and pottery. Although there is very much to see and do in Kyoto, even a short-time visitor can soon get an appreciation of what this ancient capital has to offer.


What to Do in Kyoto

  • Samurai Kembu - Become a samurai and learn sword
  • Japanese Cooking Class
  • Cycling Tour in Southern or Northern Kyoto
  • Tea Ceremony
  • Ikebana Flower Arrangement
  • Calligraphy
  • Tea Farm Visit and Lecture about Tea
  • Noh Theater Lecture
  • Japanese Potter Lecture
  • Sake Tasting
  • Japanese Pottery Lecture and Gallery
  • Other authentic Japanese experiences


Posted with permission from our partners at Japan-Guide

Additional Resources

Japan-Guide Kyoto
Sightseeing in Kyoto by the JNTO
Kyoto Travel Guide by Kyoto Tourism Council
Kyoto Guide

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