Kyoto

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Located in the middle of the attraction-rich Kansai region, Koyoto is well-placed for day trips.

Day Trips from Kyoto

Himeji Castle

One of the few Japanese buildings to survive the ravages of war and natural disasters, Himeji castle is justifiably lauded as a national treasure. Visit during Spring’s cherry blossom season to see over 1,000 trees explode in bloom.

75 miles west of Kyoto, www.himeji-castle.gr.jp/index/English/index.html
Tags: architecture | day trip

Kobe

Famous for its fatty, marbled beef (which fetches eye-popping prices throughout Japan) this city is also known for having survived a devastating 1995 earthquake. Today, having been almost completely rebuilt, it again thrives.

19 miles west of Kyoto, www.city.kobe.jp/index-e.html
Tags: family | day trip | culinary

Mount Koya

On a mountain basin 3,280-feet above sea level lies Japan’s holiest site. Over 100 beautiful Buddhist temples are still run by monks; fifty of them offer rooms to weary travelers.

60 miles south of Kyoto, www.shukubo.jp/eng/
Tags: architecture | history | day trip | religious

Nara

This historic city was Japan’s capital before Kyoto. Many flock here to visit the 1,200-year-old Todaiji temple, which contains Japan’s largest Buddha. Others take picnics in Nara Park and watch the deer wander by.

31 miles south of Kyoto, www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/nara/index.html
Tags: family | outdoors | architecture | history | day trip | wildlife

Osaka

Japan’s third largest city is home to Osaka castle, bustling Tenjimbashi-Suji, a popular street for shopping, and the country’s most popular aquarium.

27 miles west of Kyoto, www.osaka-info.jp/en/
Tags: family | history | day trip | aquarium

Uji

Perched on the very outskirts of Kyoto, the city of Uji attracts visitors with its numerous sights, particularly Byodo-in temple, which is engraved on the back of every ten yen coin.

11 miles southeast of Kyoto, www.city.uji.kyoto.jp/index.php (Japanese only)
Tags: family | architecture | history | day trip

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