Break The Mould: Take A Trip With A Difference To Kyoto, Japan, This Easter.
With its stunning seasonal changes and rich culture, the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto is a leading year-round destination. This spring, there are a range of packages and special deals on offer in the city to take advantage of, including traditional tea ceremonies, city cycling tours, and luxury hotel stays. Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau (KCVB) is therefore encouraging UK travellers with wanderlust to make the most of 2017 annual leave and enjoy this peaceful, Zen-like city for a thoroughly relaxing Easter holiday.
Indulge In A Tea Ceremony, From 12,000 JPY Per Person
While out and about exploring the city, there is a newly-launched private tea ceremony that visitors can now take part in to absorb the full culture of Kyoto. During a two-hour booking, a master will lead a full lesson in the rituals of the authentic tea ceremony while visitors are invited to dress in traditional Japanese kimono and munch on fresh local sweets. What is more, guests can experience something completely new and unique with a class in Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Found just a one minute walk from the Golden Pavillion, a favourite among tourists, the peaceful ceremony costs 12,000 JPY per person and must be booked at least two days in advance. For more information, visit http://teaceremony-kyoto.com/2017/01/premium-tea-ceremonyxkimono-wearing-xikebana-experience-private-120min/.\
Discover Kyoto On Two Wheels, From £199 Per Person
One of the best ways to explore Kyoto is like a true local and go by bicycle. Abercrombie & Kent is offering an ultimate half day tour of Japan’s ancient capital, where visitors can glimpse some of the city’s highlights in total Zen. The guided trip commences from Kyoto station, where participants will collect their bikes for the day before whizzing to the Nishi-Hongaji Temple, one of the largest schools of Buddhism. The next stop is Nijo Castle, famous for its Momoyama architecture, decorated sliding doors, and ‘chirping’ nightingale floors. After lunch, visitors will head to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion. Originally built as a retirement villa for the Shogun, after his death it became a Buddhist Temple, and is now one of Kyoto’s most famous temples. Later, head further north and visit the incredible Zen rock garden at Ryoanji and finish the tour by exploring the Arashiyama district with its bamboo forests before returning to Kyoto Station. For more information and to book, visit www.abercrombiekent.co.uk/japan/ or call A&K on 01242 547 914
Celebrate In Style At The Ritz-Carlton, From 58,500 JPY Per Room
Since opening in February 2014, The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto has offered unrequited luxury and relaxation to guests staying in the ancient capital. This year, the hotel will celebrate its third anniversary and is marking the occasion with a special package for patrons. Available until 31 March 2017, the commemorative offer includes a stay in a guest room of choice, exclusive local gifts and entrance to a lucky draw upon arrival, which will give travellers the chance to win a room upgrade, hotel credits and gifts. In addition to the above, residents on this package can enjoy a daily breakfast of American or traditional Japanese cuisine at the hotel, which boasts state-of-the-art fitness and spa facilities. For those looking to indulge in a local craft, there are myriad activities available for guests to take part in too, including miniature Japanese garden-making and sake-tasting. Rates start from 58,500 JPY per room, per night and Marriott Reward Members will receive 500 bonus points per stay. For more information or to book, visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/japan/kyoto/offers/third-anniversary.
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