The Kyoto Way


Kyoto is famous for its Buddhist temples, gardens, imperial palaces, traditional wooden houses, kaiseki dining, and Maiko. It is one of the world’s most culturally rich cities and the place most travelers dream of when thinking of Japan. It is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites and was the capital of Japan for over a thousand years. Today, it remains the heart and soul of traditional Japan. Nowhere else will you find so many Japanese art forms as you’ll find in the ancient capital of Kyoto.

On this exclusive ‘Inside Kyoto’ hosted tour, we’ll learn about the ‘Ways’ of Kyoto.’ The culture of green tea, incense appreciation, and the art of flower arranging, better known as Ikebana. We will learn to make wagashi (Japanese sweets), and see an array of Kyo-yaki, aka pottery created in Kyoto. We will visit incredible gardens and temples, wander the famous Nishiki market, and take a day in the country, visiting the stunning Miho Museum.

Along the way, we’ll enjoy various culinary specialties, including Kyoto sushi, Obanzai Ryori (the traditional home-style cooking of Kyoto), shojin ryori (vegetarian Temple cuisine), and kaiseki (a multi-course gourmet meal). This immersive deep dive into Japan’s wonderous culture is perfect for first-time or returning visitors to the Japanese Islands.

*Please note: Wheat is a primary ingredient in soy sauce. Because so much Japanese food includes soy sauce, this is not a good trip if you are gluten-free or allergic to fish/shellfish.

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