Kyoto Prefecture

Nowhere is better to immerse in traditional Japanese culture than in Kyoto, the former capital city of Japan. 

As the area is heavily connected to Zen Buddhism, grand temples and shrines such as Kiyomizudera and Kenninji offer a sense of otherworldly tranquility. Expand your gastronomic palate with a multi-course kaiseki meal, before retreating to one of the many ryokan lodgings to relax after a day of exploration.
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  • Kiyomizudera Temple
    Not only is Kiyomizudera one of the most ubiquitous images of Japan, you get to relish in the natural atmosphere of the area before ascending to the temple. Two narrow pedestrian streets leading to Kiyomizudera are flanked by many souvenir or snack shops showcasing local specialty items such as Kiyomizu-yaki pottery and yuba, a soy-based food. At the top of the temple, you'll be rewarded with a spectacular bird's eye view of Kyoto.

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  • Kenninji Temple
    Believed to be the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, Kenninji played a crucial part at the beginning of Zen Buddhism in Japan. Featured historically important artworks include the magnificent folding screen of Fujin and Raijin, the Wind God and Thunder God, by Tawaraya Sotatsu; as well as a Zen garden which offers visitors a moment of tranquility. 

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  • Yudofu
    Commonly enjoyed during the winter in Kyoto, Yudofu is an astonishingly simple tofu-based stew that does much to comfort the soul. Freshly-made creamy tofu is warmed in a kelp broth, and is best eaten with a savoury soy-based dipping sauce known as tsuyu.

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