Centre for Japan’s heritage, with 2000 temples and shrines, Kyoto is a living slice of Japan’s history. The illustrious Golden Pavilion gleams impressively whilst Ryoanji Temple is a favourite stop-off for unique ‘zen’ rock gardens. In Arashiyama, mountainsides of trees turn gold, yellow, red and brown in the autumn, a vista best captured from the river cruise. Not to be missed too are the teahouses in the Geisha district of Gion.

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