Formerly Japan's imperial capital and the residence of the emperor, Kyoto features around 2,000 intact Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens. Located on Honshu, Japan's largest island, the city is handsomely situated in the Yamashiro Basin of the mountainous region known as the Tamba highlands. Although ravaged by war over the centuries, its historic value caused Kyoto to be spared from World War II air raids, and today it is one of the best preserved of the ancient Japanese cities. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures are visited by holiday travellers on Kyoto travel packages.
This Japanese city treats its visitors to a bounty of different things to see and do. Pontocho is one of Kyoto's traditional nightlife districts, a narrow street where you might spot a geisha apprentice at night. And Gion is Kyoto's most famous geisha district, lined by beautiful old buildings, teahouses and restaurants. Blessed with abundant natural beauty due to its scenic setting, the area also features an astonishing 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The resulting blend of ancient cultural treasures and spellbinding natural surroundings is an intoxicating mixture for visitors on cheap holidays to Kyoto. Stroll around the city, visit the exquisite architecture, enjoy the lush parks and botanical gardens, and pay your respects at the historical monuments and religious sites; cheap flights to Kyoto are just a click away on the Direct Flights web site.
Kyoto offers a sizzling nightlife too, with a wide variety of restaurants, bars and discos. But modern nightlife can be experienced in many cities throughout the world. Discount travel to Kyoto allows holiday travellers to experience something unique - ancient Japanese culture. The Ninomaru palace, completed in 1603, is renowned for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors and floors that squeak when someone walks on them - a security device against intruders. Kiyomizudera ("Pure Water Temple") is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. Built in 780 without using nails, it is one of Kyoto's 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Kiyomizudera is set in the beautiful wooded hills of eastern Kyoto and its famous wooden terrace offers visitors a panoramic view of the city. Rengeo-in is a temple in eastern Kyoto which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. One very large statue of Kannon sits in the center of the main hall, while 500 smaller statues (each as tall as a man) stand on each side in neat and tidy rows.
Saihoji (often called Kokedera) is another Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can walk through a spectacular garden, but what makes Kokedera unique is the opportunity it gives visitors to participate in some of the temple's religious activities. Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Gosho) was the residence of Japan's Imperial Family until the emperor and the capital moved from Kyoto to Tokyo. And Sento Imperial Palace is located in Kyoto Imperial Park near the Imperial Palace. Its gardens are a masterpiece of Japanese gardening, and the buildings are one of the greatest achievements of Japanese architecture.
Accommodation in Kyoto can also be a base for day trips to nearby Japanese locations. Japan's first permanent capital was established in 710 at Heijo, the city now known as Nara. Less than an hour from Kyoto and Osaka, Nara remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest Buddhist temples. And Himeji Castle is widely considered to be Japan's most beautiful surviving feudal castle; it is both a national treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kyoto is renowned for its abundance of delicious Japanese foods and cuisine. Accommodation in Kyoto is plentiful. Flights to Kyoto are easy to book online through Direct Flights. And no Japanese city features more cultural treasures. Discount travel to Kyoto is available through Direct Flights from cities in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and many other countries around the world.