The inside guide to Kyoto's quieter side, from teahouses to temples

Big-hitting sights are easy to find in the Japanese city, but there’s also a quieter side: one of peaceful gardens, chilled jazz bars and serene temples.

Is your travel photography ethical?

Fines are now being issued to tourists in Kyoto who photograph Geishas without their consent. Are we entering an era where common sense must be enforced?

Six places to discover in Japan's Kansai region

In the west of the country, Japan’s Kansai brings together 10 prefectures — each with their own charm. There are the glittering metropolises of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe, but go beyond the bright city lights and there’s so much more to discover. From the lush greens of Tokushima’s forested hills calling out to be hiked to a hidden village in Tottori preserving the area’s unique culture and traditions — Kansai is a prefecture of many faces, steeped in history and spiced with tradition. 

10 of the best places to see autumn leaves

Discover where to see fabulous foliage all over the world, whether in vineyards or forests or simply lining residential roads.

Kyoto: Flower power

In Japan, flower arranging is more than just the stuff of village fetes and the WI, it’s an art form in its own right.

City life: Kyoto

Slip into Kyoto and enjoy its ancient atmosphere, mystical temples, sushi classes and fleeting glimpses of geisha

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