Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion)

At a glance

  • 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The evocative geisha district of Gion
  • Nijo Castle

Kyoto holidays

Discover this beautiful imperial city

The former capital until 1867 and long regarded as the cultural heart of Japan, Kyoto boasts 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and innumerable temples and shrines. It is also famously home to the historic geisha district of Gion.

  • Explore the evocative geisha district of Gion with its charming wooden merchant houses and traditional tea houses
  • Incredibly, there are over a thousand temples in Kyoto. Highlights include Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion) – a Zen temple adorned with gold leaves, and the 15th-Century Ginkaku-ji (Silver Pavilion) which is set in tranquil wooded gardens
  • Visit Nijo Castle which dates from 1603 and is a designated national treasure with splendid architecture and interior design
  • Take a tour of the Imperial Palace, the former residence of Japan's royal family
  • The Philosopher's Path bursts into colour in April and follows a canal lined with cherry trees to the Heian-jingu Shrine

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT +9 hours


Japanese yen

Flying time to destination:

12 hours

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When to visit

Jan 9°c
Feb 10°c
Mar 14°c
Apr 20°c
May 25°c
Jun 28°c
Jul 32°c
Aug 34°c
Sep 30°c
Oct 24°c
Nov 18°c
Dec 12°c
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