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With a staggering 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kyoto is often considered the cultural heart of Japan. Once the home of the Japanese emperor, this exquisite city is the perfect destination for a lavish 5-star vacation in Kyoto. Nature and architecture blend as one in a city renowned the world over for its celebrated Buddhist temples, charming wooden pagodas, and swathes of traditional cherry-blossom trees. With a rich, visual history and delightful blend of the ancient and the modern, it's easy to see why so many visitors are eager to return.

Things to see in Kyoto

No 5-star trip to Kyoto would be complete without a visit to one of its many venerated temples. One of the highlights is the Zen Buddhist temple of Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion after the exquisite gold leaf that gilds the top two floors. For art lovers, a trip to the Kyoto National Museum comes highly recommended. One of the leading art museums in Japan, it focuses on fine arts, handicrafts, and archaeology and is home to a very rare collection of ancient Chinese and Japanese sutras, or manuscripts. Get a feel for how Japanese royalty lived in former times by taking a trip to Nijō Castle. Surrounded by impressive stone walls, imposing gates, and a deep moat, this World Heritage Site was built in 1603 as a royal residence for Japan’s ancient shoguns and is well worth a visit.

5-star hotels in Kyoto

When it comes to 5-star accommodation, this lively and dynamic city leaves no shortage of options for you to choose from. Located in some of the city’s most prestigious neighborhoods, most 5-star hotels in Kyoto boast luxurious, well-appointed suites with spacious verandas, on-site spa facilities with pampering body treatments, and exquisite private gardens complete with traditional koi ponds. Fine dining comes as standard with a choice of on-site restaurants and bars offering a variety of international and traditional cuisine—make sure to try Kaiseki, a series of exquisitely arranged dishes showcasing the best of Japanese haute cuisine.

Where to stay in Kyoto

Southern Higashiyama, the main sightseeing area in Kyoto, is a great base from which to explore the city and is just a stone’s throw from some of the best 5-star hotels in Kyoto. Nakagyo is another good centrally located option within easy reach of Kyoto’s best sushi restaurants. For a taste of Japan’s traditional geisha culture, head for Gion. Possibly the most exclusive and well-known of Japan’s geisha districts, it is also home to a number of the city’s top-end hotels. A more tranquil option is Arashiyama where the many upmarket, stylish hotels lining the elegant riverfront offer a refreshing change from the fast pace of the downtown area.

How to get to Kyoto

Most international visitors traveling to Kyoto fly into Kansai Airport, which is about two hours by car from Kyoto. A good option is to fly first-class to Tokyo and then take a connecting flight to Osaka—just an hour’s drive from Kyoto. Alternatively take the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo to Osaka. Make sure to reserve first-class tickets for access to the best on-board services. With its highly efficient transport system, getting around Kyoto itself is easy, but for comfort and convenience, why not treat yourself to a private limo driver to whisk you around the city’s many sights?

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