Visitors to Kyoto are always impressed by its 1200 years of history as capital of Japan: 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites are situated in a cityscape dominated by 2000 temples and shrines. The friendly city of 1.5 million people offers endless opportunities for you to gain meaningful hands-on experience of rich Japanese culture through tea ceremony, sake brewing, kimono wearing, swordsmanship and more. Japan is renowned for its safety and the compactness of Kyoto makes for wonderful strolling during free time. From the moment of arrival at Kansai International Airport - just 75 minutes from the city centre - guests of Kyoto are pampered with clear multilingual signs and clean efficient transport choices.

Culture Heart of Japan

Kyoto is home to:
2000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines
17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites
Noh theatre Masterpiece of the Oral & Intangible Heritage (UNESCO)
Headquarters of schools of tea ceremony, flower arrangement,
Five schools of Maiko and Geiko (geisha)

Tradition meets Innovation

Kyoto is home to:
Nintendo, Kyocera, Omron, Shimadzu, and
around 40 higher education and research institutions
Kyoto University has provided a large proportion of
Japanese Nobel laureates