There is no doubt that this city offers an interesting insight into Japanese life with a public transport system providing travelling ease for visitors.
Below highlights a few events to explore in 2016:
Indulge in Kyoto’s mouth-watering cuisine
For foodie lovers the Kyoto Restaurant Winter Special is worth a visit. The event takes place from 1st to 29th February. Visitors can try out some of the world's finest cuisine at a fraction of the price.
Some 180 restaurants, including those specialising in Kyo-ryori (Kyoto cuisine) which was registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2013, offer their menus at reduced rates, allowing diners to indulge in a traditional gastronomic experience.
It is a great way to experience ‘real’ Japanese cuisine.
Cherry Blossom Season
A wonderful time to visit Kyoto is between the end of March and mid-April, as the city sky boasts brilliant pink and red hues, during cherry blossom season. It is an amazing sight providing beautiful photography opportunities.
It is also worth exploring Maruyama Park which is located next to Yasaka-jinja Shrine, at the base of Kyoto's eastern mountains. Visitors can admire Gion's stunning cherry blossom which is a famous weeping cherry tree. A rather lovely past-time is enjoying a traditional 'hanami' cherry blossom picnic which includes traditional delicacies and sake.
Learn about the mysterious world of a Geisha
Of course, if there is one place you can expect to bump into a Geisha, it is Kyoto! Look out for Maiko (apprentice Geisha) and Geiko (Geisha) in traditional kimonos walking through the streets of Gion. If you are looking for an especial evening explore the main downtown districts in Kyoto where performers delight visitors at various ryokan and hotels. The Maiko and Geishas will perform a selection of traditional songs, dances, and games for visitors to enjoy, offering an insight into their mysterious world.
To find out more about fascinating Kyoto, visit kyoto.travel/en