A historical mecca set against a vivid natural backdrop

When you’re done wandering the streets of traditional suburbs like Gion, teeming with geisha and the gentle aroma of tea, banquet style dining of several courses, Kaiseki, is readily available right around the corner. Need a drink? The Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum offers Sake tastings and information about its production. And when you’re done with that, various tea houses offer tea drinking ceremonies combined with calligraphy and origami workshops.

What you'll need

A visa if you are visiting for more than 90 days. Otherwise, an onward/return ticket, proof of sufficient funds and proof of accommodation

Best time to go

Early April is the best time during Osaka’s cherry blossom season

Travel tip

Do your research to find out which historical sites are authentic and which are replicas

Essentials to pack

Your camera, a plastic bag for rubbish, and a phrase book

Top sights

Check out some of the most impressive landmarks, adrenaline-pumping activities, inspiring views and fascinating exhibits this city has on offer.

1Nijo Castle
2Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine
3Kinkaku-ji: The Golden Pavilion
4Kiyomizu-dera Temple
5Sanjūsangen-dō Temple
6Kyoto Imperial Palace
7Nishi Honganji Temple
8The Kyoto National Museum
9Gion's Geishas and Temples

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