You could spend weeks making endless cultural discoveries in Kyoto City alone but if you can tear yourself away from tradition, the surrounding prefecture also has a wealth of historic and natural gems to uncover.
Head north to cross the bridge to heaven at one of Japan’s top three scenic views, or forage for prized matsutake mushrooms in the mountains of Tamba. Just south of Kyoto City on the way to Nara, Yamashiro is the perfect place to experience a tea ceremony as the area is known for its superior green tea.
In the center of the Kansai region, Kyoto prefecture draws huge numbers of domestic and overseas tourists all year round to its capital city, Kyoto. Kyoto is not a destination that you should, or could, miss but it can get very busy during Spring and Autumn when the city is in its postcard-perfect seasonal transition.
Visit in the summer for a different kind of crowd, gathered for the rowdy revelry of the spectacular Gion Matsuri, one of Japan’s most famous festivals. The winter is quietest but comes with the risk of rain (most of Kyoto’s sights are outdoors).
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