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The imagery of geisha almost always springs to mind when people think of Japan—set foot in Kyoto’s Gion district and you might just bump right into one.

Nijo Castle

Kyoto’s undiscovered gem.


Singing sand and special silk in Kyoto.

Sennyu-ji Temple

A peaceful haven in Kyoto’s busy temple scene.

Kyoto Gion Festival

Wowing throngs of visitors for more than a millennium.

Byodo-In Temple in Uji, Kyoto

Byodoin Temple

The ¥10 temple.


Home of the best green tea in Japan.

MariCar Go-Karting

Let’s-a-go on the Japan circuit.

Toji Temple

Japan’s tallest pagoda, plus a flea market.

Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine

Take a cable car to see where God of War meets Thomas Edison.

Heian shrine of Kyoto

Heian Shrine

Where to contemplate the meaning of life.