In contrast to the fast-paced life of Japan’s most visited city, Tokyo, Kyoto is a gorgeous and serene paradise of temples, traditional gardens and exotic cuisine, all meant to be sampled at leisure.
Where to stay:
While the city has its share of luxury chain hotels, we recommend picking one of the charming boutique establishments for a truly special experience. Hotel Mume features a traditional nature-inspired décor and excellent hospitality.
What to do:
Enjoy the magical cherry blossoms while taking a walk in one of Kyoto’s many parks; visit Gion, the geisha quarter; shop for souvenirs such as kyo-ningyo dolls, bamboo hats and traditional Japanese fans; and sip on tea at a traditional tea-house.
How to get there:
Thai Airways flies to Tokyo via Bangkok from all major cities in Pakistan. From Tokyo, the high-speed shinkansen train will get you to Kyoto in 3 hours and 30 minutes.