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Strolling through Kyoto is like walking through 11 centuries of the history of Japan. Spared from the allied bombs in the Second World War, the city is said to house 20% of the country’s National Treasures.

Tours passing by Kyoto

VI decouverte japon en liberte Discover Japan at your leisure - 9 Jours | 7 Nuits
Discover the Land of the Rising Sun at your leisure, without pressure! This lovely open itinerary will allow you to visit the must-see areas of Japan. From Tokyo, the dynamic capital and heart of Japan that never stops beating, to Kyoto, the cultural capital that houses many treasures, you will explore the contrasts of Japan between modernity and tradition! You will also pass through Hakone, the gateway to the majestic Mount Fuji, the symbol of the country.

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VI essentiel japon en liberte Discover the main sites of Japan at your own pace - 15 Jours | 13 Nuits
In Japan, every moment is a surprise and an incredible discovery ! Among the pure, silver lines of Tokyo’s buildings, a secret garden can sometimes be found around a delicate teahouse. A fascinating country that cultivates the paradoxes for which it is famous, Japan is a strange land that constantly shifts from one extreme to the other. On this very comprehensive tour, discover the most beautiful places of interest of the Land of the Rising Sun, from the baroque, colourful temples of Nikko to the timeless floating torii of Miyajima.

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VI jardins japonais Japanese gardens - 16 Jours | 14 Nuits
Oases of calm in a country where life flies by, Japanese gardens are an invitation to meditation, peace and admiration of entrancing landscapes. Respected, adored, contemplated, Japanese nature is ever-present but not always visible. This tour will take you into the heart of this secret plant world and encourages you to cross the threshold of temples and shrines so you may take the time to discover the hushed atmosphere of a refined, delicate Japan.

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VI chateaux japon The castles of Japan - 17 Jours | 15 Nuits
From the coasts of Chugoku to those of Tohoku, discover the most beautiful feudal castles in Japan. Follow us into the small feudal towns of Matsue and Izumo. Be amazed by Matsushima Bay. A trip in the footsteps of the samurai filled with the charm of times gone by and the authenticity of a forgotten side of Japan

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VI patrimoine mondial unesco UNESCO World Heritage - 22 Jours | 20 Nuits
Japan has an extremely rich heritage, which reflects its age-old, unique culture. Discover the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Japan. From the stunning temples of Kyoto and Nikko to the memorials of Hiroshima or the small traditional houses in Shirakawa-Go, let the poetic nature and beauty of these places that bear witness to a glorious past wash over you.

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VI temples et sanctuaires Temples and shrines - 22 Jours | 20 Nuits
From times immemorial, temples and shrines have been an integral part of the lives of Japanese people. Often shrouded in nature to be closer to the kami, the Gods, the temples and shrines can be built in different shapes and colours. With this rich itinerary, discover these cultural, sometimes age-old, places of interest that promote a mystical, magical image

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VI l archipel aux tresors Treasures of the archipelago - 12 Jours | 10 Nuits
Discover the land of your children’s dreams with your family! With an age-old culture and proud rich cultural heritage that has been successfully preserved, Japan is also the country of the craziest and most futuristic inventions! On this tour, go back in time to the age of samurai and feudal castles one day and leap into the future where the sci-fi world of manga becomes reality the next! A wonderful trip to discover the unsuspected treasures of an atypical country!

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VI dessine moi le japon Through the eyes of a child - 14 Jours | 12 Nuits
Where best to go with children than the country that gave birth to our childhood heroes: from Dragon Ball Z to Pikachu and the charming Hello Kitty? Discover the different facets of Japan ! Discovery, fun and learning abound on this trip, which is filled with fascinating activities, guaranteed to create unforgettable memories !

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VI onsens peninsule izu Onsen in Izu Peninsula - 12 Jours | 10 Nuits
Partially created by the various eruptions of Mount Fuji, Izu Peninsula is made of rugged coasts and a series of charming little ports. This tour will enable you to discover this beautiful Japanese region, which boasts many hot springs with undeniable benefits.

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VI onsens sites sacres kii Onsen in the sacred sites of Kii - 15 Jours | 13 Nuits
Enter into a world of shadows and dark forests and follow the historical pilgrimage trails of the Kii Mountains, which connect Mount Koya to the three shrines of Kumano Sanzan. These sacred, mysterious sites, which are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage, are now yours to discover, as are the onsen. A magical, sulphurous trip.

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VI onsens alpes japonaises Onsen in the Japanese Alps - 16 Jours | 14 Nuits
Discover the region of the Japanese Alps, which is made up of volcanoes towering over 3,000 metres (about 9,840 feet) above sea level. This natural volcanic region boasts striking landscapes and delightful hot springs ! This preserved region has maintained its unique culture and this wonderful itinerary will show you the treasures of its past, such as the feudal castles of Matsumoto and Inuyama !

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VI sur la route de tokkaido On the Tokaido road - 10 Jours | 8 Nuits
On this great tour, you will follow in the footsteps of the travellers who used to walk along the mythical Tokaido road, which connected the city of Tokyo to the capital, Kyoto. This itinerary will take you into the heart of Japanese culture to the iconic places along this trail. From Tokyo to Osaka, the ultra modern cities, via Hakone, which offers an incredible view of Mount Fuji, and Kyoto, which will amaze you with its charming alleys where you will find the most beautiful temples and shrines.

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VI estampes autrefois Prints of the past - 9 Jours | 7 Nuits
We will follow the mythical path to discover the Japan of times past. The small towns of Magome and Tsumago will take you back in time as their buildings have retained the architectural style of the past. After the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, discover this lesser-known side of Japan and admire the charms of the natural landscapes of the Japanese Alps before being stunned by the treasures of Kyoto

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VI archipel des contrastes The contrasts of the archipelago - 9 Jours | 7 Nuits
This amazing itinerary will allow you to discover three different sides of Japan, the land of a thousand facets. From Tokyo, the capital where modernity is king, to Kyoto, the beautiful queen of the cities of the Land of the Rising Sun that boasts a richness and abundance of cultural and artistic heritage, via the Japanese Alps, a rural, preserved Japan filled with nature.

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VI hokkaido contree sauvage The untamed wilderness of Hokkaido - 8 Jours | 7 Nuits
Mountain plateaux, dense, thick forests, smoking volcanoes, caldera lakes, bubbling pools and clouds of sulphur await you in Hokkaido, the island with the largest wild landscapes in the country. On this trip through the land of fire and ice, you will have the opportunity to admire an incredibly rich flora and fauna, which live in a strikingly beautiful environment between mountain peaks, flowing cascades and picturesque gorges !

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VI japon aux mille couleurs The thousand colours of Japan - 14 Jours | 12 Nuits
An archipelago of 3,000 islands scattered across the Pacific Ocean, Japan is full of treasures that never cease to amaze those who come to explore them. In this fascinating country with an age-old culture and beautiful landscapes, you will adventure out to discover the thousand aspects that have shaped the Empire of the Rising Sun.

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VI Tokyo Kyoto comme on les aime Tokyo and Kyoto the way we like it - 8 Jours | 6 Nuits
Take a short trip to discover the opposing twins of Japan. Two capitals : one is economic and modern, lit up by the bright lights of its neon signs, the other is the cultural capital, with a hushed, refined atmosphere, boasting a large number of precious monuments. Stay in luxurious boutique hotels that perfectly illustrate the atmosphere of both cities.

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Activities in Kyoto

AI   Kyoto lapres midi Afternoon guided tour of Kyoto
Discover some of Kyoto’s most beautiful temples with an English-speaking guide ! You will start by visiting Heian jingu shrine and its beautiful Japanese landscape garden. You will then walk around the traditional neighbourhood of Higashiyama. After that, you will visit Sanjusangendo temple, which is 125 metres long and famous for its hundreds of statues of the goddess Kannon. Finally, you will go to one of the most popular and most impressive temples of Kyoto: Kiyomizu-dera.

AI   Takayama Shirakawa go City guided tours : Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa...
During this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many iconic places as well as the most beautiful monuments of the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa. You will thus be able to admire the different kinds of Japanese art: temples and shrines in Kyoto, modern buildings designed by renowned architects in Tokyo, historical houses in Takayama, Kanazawa’s wonderful landscape garden, Shirakawa-go’s Gassho-zukuri , the traditional old houses of Tsumago and Magome, as well as the impressive feudal castle of Matsumoto!

AI   Diner a Gion Dine in Gion and watch a traditional Japanese show
Enjoy a guided walking tour of the narrow streets of Gion – Kyoto’s historical district. Dine in a Japanese restaurant where you will have the opportunity to taste tempura. Visit Gion Corner, the Geisha school, where you will attend a show presenting different traditional Japanese arts : a dance performed by Maiko dancers (apprentice Geisha), a piece of music played on the Koto (Japanese harp), Kado (a style of flower arrangement), Kyogen (traditional theatre) and Bunkaru (puppet theatre). There will also be a tea ceremony where you will learn to prepare matcha, Japanese green tea. A shorter version of this activity is also offered from 5:20 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from March to December – 115 Euros (about 100 GBP).

AI Tokyo Kyoto Kamakura Nara Guided tour of Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Nara, Osaka and Mount Koya in English
On this tour, you will have the opportunity to visit many iconic places as well as the most beautiful monuments of the cities of Tokyo, Kyoto, Kamakura, Nara and Osaka as well as Mount Koya. Discover the different forms of Japanese art: temples, shrines and secret gardens in Kyoto, modern buildings designed by the most renowned architects in Tokyo, the giant bronze Buddha in Kamakura, and age-old temples in Nara and on Mount Koya.

AI   Visite de kyoto a velo Half-day visit of Kyoto by bicycle
Kyoto is full of charming, secret passageways that are fun to discover by bicycle. With an English-speaking guide, you will bike around the Gion district and its teahouses where Geisha perform. You will then ride along the river Shirakawa before discovering the vast park of the former Imperial Palace, a peaceful retreat in the city centre.

AI   Dejeuner a Gion Have lunch with a Maiko in Gion
Maiko are apprentice Geishas in the Gion district. They wear beautiful coloured kimonos and have elaborate hairstyles with Kanzashi – lovely ornaments usually shaped like flowers – in the image of traditional Japanese dolls with porcelain complexions. You will have the opportunity to share a meal with one of these generally inaccessible artists. An English-speaking guide will come to pick you up at the hotel around noon and will take you to see the Gion district. You will be served a traditional Japanese meal in a charming restaurant overlooking the Shirakawa river. At the end of the meal, a young Maiko will come and join you. You will have the opportunity to take pictures with her and then she will dance for you.

AI   spectacle de danse maiko Japanese dinner with Maiko dance show
Enjoy a traditional Japanese dinner in the Hatoya Zuihoukaku restaurant, near Kyoto station. You will have the opportunity to sample various traditional Japanese dishes. After that, you will watch Maiko, apprentice Geisha, perform traditional dances for the crowd’s delight. At the end of the show, you will be able to meet the Maiko and talk with her.

AI   Kyoto et ses 17 Sites Kyoto and its 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
You will start by discovering one of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto with an English-speaking guide. One of the most famous temples in Japan, the amazing Kinkaku-ji temple is more commonly known as the Golden Pavilion because this elegant structure is entirely covered with gold leaf. You will then visit Nijo Castle. After that, you will go to one of the most imposing temples in Kyoto, Kiyomizu-dera, an incredible wooden structure on the side of the mountain that is supported by an impressive system of stilts. You will then go back to the centre of Kyoto to visit Heian shrine, which has one of the most beautiful gardens in Kyoto. This day of sightseeing ends with a visit to the Kyoto Handicraft Centre, which offers a wide choice of local handicrafts

AI   Cours de patisserie Learn how to make Japanese desserts and enjoy a Kaiseki lunch
Enjoy a delicious traditional Japanese meal in the Kaiseki style. This refined cuisine is famous for the way it is beautifully presented. The ingredients are always fresh and seasonal. Then, with an English-speaking guide, you will take a Japanese cooking course to learn how to make Japanese desserts, traditionally served with green tea.

AI   Kyoto le matin Morning visit of Kyoto
Take your first steps in the cultural capital of Japan with an English-speaking guide! You will discover the town’s most famous temple : Kinkakuji or the Golden Pavilion. You will then visit Nijo Castle. You will amble around the park of the former Imperial Palace before visiting the Kyoto Handicraft Centre, which displays many local traditional handicrafts.

AI   Kyoto et Nara One-day guided tour of Kyoto and Nara
In the morning, visit the most beautiful temples of Kyoto with an English-speaking guide: the Golden Pavilion or Kinkakuji. You will then walk around the Imperial Palace Park. In the afternoon, after lunch, you will leave for the small town of Nara, the first capital of Japan, which also houses many treasures. You will walk around Nara Park and discover the impressive Todai-ji temple and the bright-red Kasuga shrine, famous for its thousands of lanterns.

AI   1 jour de visite de Kyoto One-day visit of Kyoto
Discover one of the most beautiful historical towns of Japan with an English speaking guide! The former capital is full of treasures and your guide will share with you many stories about Kyoto and its wonders! Visit some of the most beautiful temples in Kyoto : Kinkakuji, more commonly known as the Golden Pavilion, as well as Ryoanji that houses one of the most famous Zen gardens in Japan . After lunch, you will walk around the Imperial Palace Park.

AI   Bicyclette a Kyoto Renting a bicycle in Kyoto
Discover the charming town of Kyoto and its secret passageways by bicycle! A quiet, wide town built in a valley, Kyoto is the perfect place for a nice bike ride! You will have the bicycle for the day and can choose where you want to go.

AI   Degustation de Sake Sake-tasting in Fushimi
Sake is a typical Japanese rice-based alcoholic beverage. Come and discover the secrets of sake production in the small town of Fushimi in the south of Kyoto, with an English-speaking guide. You will have the opportunity to taste some of the region’s best sake and, who knows, maybe bring some back for your own parties.

AI   Toei Movie Land Tokyo Toei Movie Land in Kyoto
Visit the sets of the Toei company’s period films and TV series. In this theme park, you can walk around replica sets of feudal Japan and meet Geishas, Shoguns and Samurai ! Many attractions, activities and shows are on offer so you can fully immerse yourself in Japanese feudal culture. A trip back in time!

AI visite de sagano arayashima Visit of Sagano and Arashiyama
All those who enjoy nature walks will love discovering the district of Arashiyama with an English-speaking guide. You will visit its famous bamboo grove – Sagano forest – as well as Tenryû-ji temple, one of the five main Zen temples of Kyoto. Its garden represents a dry waterfall of rocks throwing themselves into a pool and forming the Chinese character “heart”. You will also visit Jojakkoji temple, which is less known but well worth discovering. Finally, you will walk on the famous Togetsukyo bridge that connects both banks of the river and offers a beautiful view of this part of Kyoto.

AI   tea ceremonie Yatsuhashi cooking class and tea ceremony in Kyoto
Yatsuhashi is a Japanese dessert and is a local specialty of Kyoto. It is made with glutinous rice flour, cinnamon powder and sugar. It can be steamed or baked. It can also contain red bean paste (inside), chocolate, jam or cream. With an English-speaking guide, you will attend a cooking class to learn how to make this delicious dessert as well as tea ceremony where you will discover the extremely codified art of preparing and drinking matcha or green tea.

Hotels in Kyoto

HI   Aranvert   Kyoto
Aranvert - Kyoto
Whether it be for business or for pleasure, this hotel’s 183 rooms are designed to help customers relax in a comfortable, stylish setting.

HI Ryokan Gion Hatanaka Kyoto
Gion Hatanaka - Kyoto
Ideally located in the heart of the historical district of Gion, the 5* Gion Hatanaka Ryokan welcomes you to its unspoiled setting. The ryokan’s 21 rooms are housed in traditional Japanese buildings that offer the tranquillity of Zen gardens and all the charm of historical buildings. The rooms are all tastefully decorated in a typical Japanese style. To unwind after a day of sightseeing, relax in one of the traditional hot baths that provide a lovely view of the garden’s vegetation. Finally, you will taste traditional, refined Kyoto cuisine during dinner. The dishes are always prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients – you will delight in the different tastes provided by one of the best cuisines in the world!

HI Granvia Kyoto
Granvia - Kyoto
Located inside the beautiful JR Kyoto train station, the 4*Granvia Kyoto Hotel welcomes you to its luxurious setting. The 534 elegant rooms are all equipped with television, A/C and Internet connection. If you feel like relaxing, you will find an indoor swimming pool, a Spa, a jacuzzi and a sauna inside the hotel. Finally, you can choose between ten restaurants serving Japanese and international cuisine for dinner.

HI hebergement chez habitant
Hébergement chez l’Habitant
Découvrez le Japon autrement en partageant des moments de vie avec ses habitants ! Tentez l’expérience la plus authentique qui soit afin de mieux comprendre le quotidien des japonais : séjournez chez une famille japonaise ! Vous avez le choix de partager avec eux vos dîners, ce qui vous permet de goûter à la délicieuse cuisine traditionnelle faite maison. Une expérience riche et très humaine qui vous permet de savourer un Japon authentique!

HI Kyoto International
Kyoto International Hotel - Kyoto
Situé non loin du centre de Kyoto et de la gare JR de Kyoto, l’hôtel Kyoto International Hotel 3* vous accueille dans un cadre élégant. Les chambres sont décorées et meublées de manière simple, fonctionnelle mais raffinée. Elles sont toutes équipées de la télévision satellitaire. L’hôtel vous offre un grand choix de restaurants, bars et autres services dans les environs.

HI New Miyako Kyoto
New Miyako - Kyoto
With 986 Western and Japanese-style rooms, the 4* New Miyako hotel is located a few steps away from JR Kyoto station, which offers easy access to different sites in the town by bus or metro. Each room is equipped with television, hair-dryer and refrigerator. The hotel has four restaurants: French, Japanese, Chinese and a buffet of international cuisine where you will surely find dishes you will enjoy. Finally, the hotel offers various boutiques and services: traditional Japanese objects, as well as a beauty salon and photo studio.

HI Rihga Royal Kyoto
Rihga Royal Hotel - Kyoto
Just a few steps away from JR Kyoto station, the Rihga Royal Hotel is a 4*hotel providing an elegant, refined setting. The luxurious Western-style rooms are all equipped with television and A/C. You can enjoy the hotel’s facilities for your entertainment: indoor swimming pool, hammam and jacuzzi (a small surcharge applies). You will find seven delicious restaurants and bars in the hotel serving Japanese cuisine, including the very prestigious Kaiseki cuisine, as well as Chinese and international cuisine. You can also enjoy the French restaurant that offers an amazing panoramic view of the city of Kyoto.

* price per person "from", double base in standard room, if available at the booking time

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