From the moment you land at the airport on the man-made island in Japan's Inland Sea, Kyoto grabs your attention with its profound glory, from its contemplative gardens that showcase the astounding control over natural landscapes to its intricately designed temples. These features provide the perfect grounds for a spot of Zen meditation in our 'Kyoto Uncovered' program.
Learn how to prepare delicious Japanese cuisine and create your own mouthwatering dishes. Stop at some of Japan's most revered shrines such as TodaijiTemple and Kasuga Taisha in Nara before returning to Kyoto to uncover the beauty of KiyomizuTemple (Pure water temple). Venture up to the 13 meter high veranda that juts out from the main hall for unhindered views. Finish your penultimate day by strolling through the atmospheric Higashiyama district; its busy lanes lead up to Kiyomizu and are filled with quaint shops selling souvenirs including Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, sweets and pickles.
Soak in hot onsen baths and sleep in traditional Japanese style ryokan, complete with tatami mat and shoji rice paper sliding doors for an authentic accommodation experience.