Kyoto has played a central role in the history of Japan throughout the ages. Home to countless national treasures and historical sites, Kyoto is also a thriving modern city. Some of the most popular sightseeing spots here include golden Kinkakuji, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kifune Shrine where the Heian poet Izumi Shikibu was inspired to write her poems, and of course Gion district, where you will see geisha and maiko walking through the streets.
But there is more to Kyoto than that; to the north is Miyazu city which lies on the seaside and is located near one of Japan's greatest scenic areas, Amanohashidate; Ine, a small fishing town welcomes visitors and offers stays in some truly unique accommodations; and Uji, where you will find the UNESCO recognized Byodoin Temple, is also a green tea lover's paradise. Those wanting to see traditional Japan come to life should visit this city right away!