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From the old merchants house from the Nineteenth Century, to an experience linking tea with Samurai and Geisha, here is a selection of some unique places for a Tea Ceremony, a quintessential Kyoto experience.
Retrace the steps of a forgotten princess in this sublime mountainside village just 40 mins north of Kyoto
JapanTravel compares the top five Kimono and Yukata hire shops in Kyoto, all close to the major attractions
Sandanbeki Cave is close to Wakayama's famous Shirahama Beach, at the bottom of a beautiful cliff-side view point. Visitors can explore this impressive cave that was once a hidden pirate's lair.
Kamakura is pure Japan. Often called “the little Kyoto”, Kamakura (only 1 hour from Tokyo by train) has hundreds of temples scattered around the hilly, green city.
Wazuka is a traditional Japanese tea town, with picturesque scenery and mind-clearing, heart-warming Japanese tea. Its tea industry dates back more than 800 years with 300 families making tea today. There is a teatopia festival each November, and it makes a great day trip from Kyoto or Nara. Why not try its tea flavoured soba.
Himeji is Hyogo's second biggest city, home to Himeji Castle, Engyo-ji Temple on Mount Shosha, and a number of other sites making it worth a special visit.