Kyoto

View of the Kinkakuji Temple or Golden Pavilion in the Zen Garden

Kyoto

With 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites Kyoto, Japan is outranked only by Rome. The ancient imperial capital (from 794 to 1868) boasts about 1600 Buddhist temples, 400 Shintō shrines, a trio of palaces, and dozens of gardens and museums. A walk through Old Kyoto with alleys of traditional narrow wooden houses, raked pebble gardens and restaurant terraces along the River Kamo will fulfill your fantasies of Japanese structures and beauty. Don’t forget to get a glimpse of traditional art in the geisha quarter’s Gion Corner. The cultural center of Japan is also a great base for exploring Osaka, Nara, and Kobe. Top this all off with great food and shopping in this picturesque city nestled in forested hills . . . Kyoto is a great honeymoon destination for those looking to explore something new.

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