Ancient Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for over a thousand years. Enfolded by scenic hills to the north, west, and east, which the founding Emperor Kammu described as a 'natural fortress', the city reigned from 794 to 1868 as the cultural and artistic center of the nation, a position it still holds today, as well as the politcal nucleus.
The more than 1,600 Buddhist temples and 270 Shinto shrines attest to its importance as a religious focal point, while the impressive Imperial Palace and two jewel-like Imperial Villas set in their legendary gardens are reminiscent of the aesthetic splendor of the city's once pivotal role.
But Kyoto, originally called Heiankyo - 'Capitol of Peace' - doesn't live only in the past. The seventh largest city in Japan with a population of 1.4 million, it has also kept pace with the modern world. The comprehensive Kyoto International Conference Hall, located in the northeastern part of the city, is a marvel of state-of-the-art technology. Combined with the remarkable array of other superb attractions, Kyoto is a world-class convention destination. Some of the most prestigious universities in the country are all situated here, forming a major educational enclave.
However, the vasy wealth of traditional art, architecture, and crafts that have influenced architects and artists from around the globe have been carefully and lovingly preserved. So, whether viewing the dazzling Golden Pavilion mirrored in its smooth reflecting pong, absorbing a glittering, time-honored festival, or simply wandering through picturesque narrow streets redolent of antiquity, Kyoto is a city unlike any other that offers both to stimulate and satisfy the soul.
Royal Hotel Kyoto
Nowhere but in Kyoto is there such a happy blend of the old and the new. You'll find us here at the city's threshold, waiting to receive you with gracious and unobtrusive service. Warm smiles at the door, and tasteful decor inside - every effort has been made to make you feel at home in this 1,200 year-old town. With over 494 guest rooms, 11 restuarants and bars, and an indoor swimming pool, you are sure to enjoy your stay at this remarkable hotel.
- 1 night accommodation at the 4 Star Royal Kyoto Hotel or Similar.
- All rooms with private bath/shower.
- Breakfast buffet daily.
- Upgrade from the East Japan Rail Pass to the "All Japan Rail Pass" for train travel to Kyoto.
- All taxes