Kyoto is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace, either on foot or by bike. Explore some of the many UNESCO temples, take part in a tea ceremony or just stroll along the banks of the Kamogawa River savouring the sight of cherry blossom, overhead. In the midst of this ancient culture is a thriving city, home to cutting edge industries and upscale shopping.
Kyoto is a lovely slow-paced city, easily combined by bullet train with a few days in Tokyo and is the perfect place to experience a stay in a Ryokan, a traditional Japanese Inn.
South of Kyoto and a lovely day trip by train is Nara, home to some of Japan’s largest and oldest temples. Most of the temples are located within a picturesque park, also home to around 1200 deer. Once considered messengers of god, these deer now enjoy royal status and are incredibly tame.