Kyoto is a true jewel that has retained all its beauty over the centuries. Former capital of Japan, historical heart and cradle of many traditions, its fame is well known. Kyoto invites you to a true journey through time, between sumptuous temples and ancestral traditions. Stroll through the narrow streets of the Gion district, famous for its maikos (apprentice geishas), take time to stop at a century-old tea house, visit the Imperial Palace and its lush garden, Marvel at the Golden Pavilion and the charming Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple with 1,200 statues nestled in the heart of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and step into another world through the 10,000 gateways of Fushimi-Inari. Visiting Kyoto is also an opportunity to learn about various traditional Japanese arts such as the tea ceremony, Ikebana (Japanese floral art), and the opportunity to wear a real kimono during a ryokan stay.
Jtravelnow advice: If you want to have the unique chance to see geishas practicing their art, you should know that they perform twice a year, in spring and fall, at the Pontocho Kaburenjo Theater in the Gion district.