Tucked in the cracks of Kyoto’s biggest nightlife strip is a warmer side to the city, with home-style cooking, old wooden buildings and laid-back regulars.
Japan’s more than 25,000 naturally-occurring mineral hot springs help power 3,000 spa resorts across the country.
Modern travellers can stay in ancient sanctuaries that have been providing solace to weary pilgrims for centuries.
In a city known for its affinity for tea, owner-run cafes – which take both coffee and the space in which it is consumed very seriously -- are flourishing.
The Japanese city beautifully balances the preservation of its past with modern conveniences and access to the surrounding countryside.
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