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Kyoto, the capital of Kyoto prefecture is situated in a valley in Yamashino Basin on the island of Honshu, Japan. The city is previously Japan’s imperial capital. Kyoto tourism is one of the major industries in the city. Many local and foreign tourists visit Kyoto to explore its rich cultural heritage and various tourist attractions. Known as one of Japan’s best conserved cities, Kyoto has numerous impressive palaces, religious shrines, interesting architecture and gardens which are still preserved despite the wars and fires that ravaged the city.

Favorite tourist destinations in the city are the Kyoto Imperial Palace - home of Japan’s emperors for centuries; Shugaku-in Imperial Villa, one of Japan’s prime gardens; and the Katsura Imperial Villa, one of the country’s best architectural masterwork. The “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” which was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site are among the popular sites frequented by tourists. During spring, many visitors flock into the city to view the blooming cherry blossoms, and also in autumn when the maple leaves turned crimson-red.  Plan your Kyoto vacation around this season to make your holiday even more memorable. Kyoto is also famous for delicious Japanese cuisine. As the cradle of traditional Japanese cuisine, the city has many restaurants specializing in tempura, sushi, ramen, soba dishes, sweets and other Japanese dishes.

Making Kyoto even more popular among tourists and travelers are the traditional Japanese crafts made by local artisans. Several of these products have become favorite Kyoto souvenir items that visitors bring home as memorabilia of their vacation. In Kyoto you will find that many shopping areas and centers are also sightseeing sites. The fastest way to get to as many tourist attractions as you can is to hire a Kyoto car rental during your vacation. It also makes things more convenient for you as you transfer from one site to the next. Kyoto does not have its own airport. For your Kyoto travel, you can reach the city via the 2 airports in Osaka prefecture: Kansai International Airport and Itami Airport. Airlines Northwest can get you affordable Japan international airline tickets even at the last minute.

Various Kyoto hotels and Kyoto accommodations are available in the city. You can take your pick of western-style hotels, Japanese style inns, apartments or temple lodgings. It is advisable to make your Kyoto hotel reservation in advance. With a wide range of Kyoto hotels in each section in the city, you have a free hand to select a hotel that fits your travel budget. Airlines Northwest offers services such as Kyoto all inclusive vacation deals, bookings at any Kyoto hotels, Japan cheap flight tickets and other affordable travel services and packages to Kyoto, Japan. Book through Airlines Northwest early to avail of our hot deals and special discounts on Kyoto travels.