7 Picture-perfect Places To Visit In Kyoto All-year-round

If you’ve been to Tokyo and wonder if there’s anything more Japan has to offer, the answer is yes.

Kyoto, in the Kansai region, is proof. It was ranked the third-best large city by Conde Nast Traveler last month, after Tokyo – no surprises there – and Austria’s Vienna.

The magazine also calls Kyoto, the country’s former Imperial capital for more than a millennium until the middle of the 19th century, one of the most well-preserved cities in Japan.

Unfortunately for those in Singapore, Kyoto is not a flight away. The closest airport is Kansai International Airport, in neighbouring Osaka. Fortunately, the Haruka train is a direct link between the two.

The ride, as with other local Japan Rail (JR) trains in the region, was covered by my Kansai Area Pass (from $25 a day).

There are numerous types of passes, each valid for a different area and set number of days, but they all serve the same purpose – to make it easy and affordable, not to mention smart, for tourists to visit multiple places in one holiday.

Text: Soon Wei Lin / The New Paper / November 2017
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