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There’s no better place to experience the refined and elegant atmosphere of old-world Japan than in the city of Kyoto. Fall in love with the narrow flagstone streets, wooden buildings, and authentic teahouses set amid beautiful parks and mountains. From stylish bars, upscale shopping malls, and plush hotels, there is a whole world of luxury on offer in this one oriental city. In a town renowned for being the epicenter of geisha culture, you can’t help but lose yourself in the sophisticated elegance of a Kyoto luxury vacation.

Things to see in Kyoto

Kyoto has a thriving arts scene—the National Museum of Modern Art focuses on 20th-century pieces, while the aesthetically pleasing Hosomi Museum showcases artifacts and artwork from the 4th to 19th centuries. Kyoto is also renowned for its peaceful shrines and temples. For a relaxing excursion, head to Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of gorgeous vermilion torii gates. Walking trails behind the shrine lead into the verdant forest of Mount Inari, where you can take an invigorating stroll in serene surroundings. Kiyomizudera Temple, on the site of Otowa Waterfall, sits in East Kyoto’s wooded hills and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you’ll have beautiful views of Kyoto city and the sea of cherry and maple trees that lie below. Shopaholics should make a beeline for the innovative 8-level Daimaru department store in Shijo-Dori, where shopping sprees are encouraged and a wealth of cosmetics, jewelry, and high fashion is topped off by an elegant restaurant.

Luxury hotels in Kyoto

This city prides itself on its relaxing ambience, and luxury hotels in Kyoto offer the best in Japanese charm and elegance. Many boast a number of exclusive bars and restaurants offering delicious Japanese and international cuisine and a variety of exciting cocktails. Luxury accommodation in Kyoto is designed to help you unwind—take advantage of spa services, swimming pools, and health club facilities, as well as gardens and terraces in which you can soak up the peaceful surroundings. Many Kyoto luxury hotels also have valet parking, and limo and town car services are available to help you get from A to B in style.

Where to stay in Kyoto

Nakagyo Ward is the central district and at the heart of the action. It has some of the best luxury hotels in Kyoto and great opportunities for high-end shopping. Higashiyama is where you can really pamper yourself amid lush surroundings. With the Kamo River on one side and the Higashiyama Mountains on the other, Kyoto’s natural beauty is most apparent here, and the cherry blossoms at Maruyama Park are a treat for the eyes. Gion, one of the city’s most interesting and exclusive neighborhoods, is considered one of the most authentic geisha districts and offers top-class accommodation in Kyoto.

How to get to Kyoto

Kyoto doesn’t have its own airport but instead is served by Osaka’s two airports. Most international flights land in Kansai. A train runs from here to Kyoto regularly and takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. To ride in a bit more luxury, take one of the limousine buses. These are extremely comfortable, if you don’t mind the journey taking slightly longer. Trains also run frequently from Tokyo’s Narita Airport and Nagoya’s Chubu. Most people use the efficient public transportation system to get around, but for a more luxurious experience, why not arrange for a private driver to whisk you around the sights?

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