The Kinkaku-ji, or "Golden Pavilion," is the most recognisable site in Kyoto—one of over a thousand temples, and a stop at this peaceful, exquisite place should be your introduction to the sacred city. After breathing in the solitude, head into Kyoto and enjoy yourself! Immerse yourself in the culture by taking a Haru or kappo-style cooking class, followed by a lesson in history at the Samurai Kembu Theater. We recommend attending the demo and the costumed lesson—not only will you learn all about the way of the samurai, you’ll get to be one for a day. If you’re not ready to live a life of honour and thoughtfulness (and hey, who is?), make some friends with the local wildlife instead at the Kyoto Zoo or Kyoto Aquarium. Should you wish to head outside the city, book one of our Kyoto car hire options so you can see all the sights at your own pace.
Shopping takes on a whole new meaning in Kyoto. Buy cheesy souvenirs in the Shinkyogoku District, or walk a little further to Teramachi Street, where you can browse everything from local boutiques to the larger department stores. You’ll definitely find all kinds of goodies in this latter area, so keep your credit card in-hand as you peer into windows. Dining is also an experience to be had in Kyoto, as you might have guessed from the cooking classes you just crashed. The Nishki Market is five blocks of food heaven, jammed with everything from fresh seafood and vegetables to the tools you’ll need to concoct the perfect meal.
Not into cooking for yourself? That’s cool—nothing wrong with preferring room service! Kyoto is a noodle-lover's dream. You can find freshly made udon and ramen noodles—you won't be satisfied by store-bought ramen ever again (not that you ever were—you have class!). Chic coffeehouses and restaurants have also sprung up over the past few years, so if you absolutely cannot function without your favourite latte, you’ll find one here. Once the sun sets, it's time to put on your dancing shoes. The Pontocho neighbourhood teems with karaoke bars, hostess clubs, restaurants and nightlife in general. Those looking for something more relaxed can see a movie or enjoy a long walk at Kyoto Station.
Whether you’re looking to reconnect with your spiritual side or just want to devour as much delicious food as you can safely hold, Wotif can help you plot out your perfect holiday. Stay in the city proper or look into Ukyo Ward holiday packages for something a little more peaceful. Whatever your pleasure, it’s time to book your Kyoto holiday!
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