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Home to more than 2,000 temples and shrines, as well as 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Kyoto is the place to be immersed in traditional Japanese culture and history. The spiritual heart of Japan, Kyoto is famed for its serene Zen gardens and tatami-matted tea houses, but it’s also a modern city with 100-plus Michelin-starred restaurants, plenty of chic cocktail bars and boutiques, and cutting-edge art and culture.

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