By: Rob Goss
In Travel Pack Kyoto & Nara longtime Japan resident and award-winning author Rob Goss takes readers to the very best of Japan’s two former capitals. In Chapter One, he highlights the top 11 things to see and do, from strolling the meditative grounds of Ginkaku-ji temple and contemplating the cryptic design of Ryoan-ji’s Zen rock garden to exploring the bamboo grove in Arashiyama and enlivening the senses with a wander around Nishiki-koji food market.
Chapter Two then takes readers deep into the two former capitals with eight day-by-day guides, one day starting with a walk among the teahouses and geisha-houses of Gion and finishing in the sprawling grounds of Nijo Castle; other days taking in sights such as the gilded temple of Kinkaku-ji and the gardens of Daitoku-ji, or exploring the cluster of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Nara. Rounding out the book, Chapter Three gives specific details on the best hotels and restaurants, the most kid-friendly activities, the best night spots, the top shopping areas, the best museums and gallerie, the best cultural experiences, and the best festivals, while the Travel Practicalities section provides essential information to make your trip go smoothly, from useful Japanese phrases and websites to information on money, transportation, travel visas, and much more.