Kyoto Area

The Kansai region or the Kinki region lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshū. Kansai contains some of the most famous and traveled to cities in Japan including: Kobe, Nara, Osaka, and Kyoto. The area is loaded with incredible attractions including some of the country's best temples, shrines, and of course Himeji Castle. Absolutely one of the best areas to visit. A vacation in Kansai is absolutely unforgettable.

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle, a flatland castle located in central Kyoto, is one of the most visited castles in all of Japan. The castle is made up of massive surrounding walls, beautiful blue moats, some phenomenal gardens, and of course the historic castle buildings. The castle has many features that makes it special including two fortifying walls as well “Nightingale Floors” that mimic the chirps of a mockingbird when stepped on. Overall the Nijo Castle is a phenomenal attraction that should not be missed.

Kiyomizu Dera

Kiyomizu Dera is one of the largest and oldest temples in Kyoto. The temple was founded in 778 on top of a hill overlooking the city. The buildings that are currently standing were created in the early 1630s and were made without using a single nail. The temple is famous for clean, wish granting water as well as the trees surrounding the temple. Depending on the season, the trees give the temple a completely different look, which makes the temple worth coming back to.

Kinkaku Ji

Kinkaku Ji, or the “Golden Pavilion,” was a Zen Buddhist created in 1397. The temple is a three story pavilion that is best known for its gold paint that covers the building. There is a solid gold rooster on top of the pavilion that has become the symbol of Kinkaku Ji. The pavilion sits in the middle of a pond that is surrounded by a beautifully kept garden that is perfect in any season. Kinkaku Ji has become one of the most iconic attractions in all of Japan and is a must see while in Kyoto.

Nijo Castle

Nijo Castle, a flatland castle located in central Kyoto, is one of the most visited castles in all of Japan. The castle is made up of massive surrounding walls, beautiful blue moats, some phenomenal gardens, and of course the historic castle buildings. The castle has many features that makes it special including two fortifying walls as well “Nightingale Floors” that mimic the chirps of a mockingbird when stepped on. Overall the Nijo Castle is a phenomenal attraction that should not be missed.

Gion street

Gion street is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. It is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses), where geiko (Kyoto dialect for geisha) and maiko (geiko apprentices) entertain. Gion attracts tourists with its high concentration of traditional wooden machiya merchant houses. The most popular area of Gion is Hanami-koji Street from Shijo Avenue to Kenninji Temple. A nice (and expensive) place to dine, the street and its side alleys are lined with preserved machiya houses many of which now function as restaurants, serving Kyoto style kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine) and other types of local and international meals.