Steeped in history, tradition and beauty, Kyoto reflects the changing of the seasons more than any other city in the world. There are 2000 temples and shrines to visit, the intricate culture of Geisha, tea houses, Zen gardens, and artisan crafts that are just as important today as they were a thousand years ago. There are beautiful restaurants in centuries-old houses, but also some of the best street food in the world. In this pocket-size travel guide, seasoned travellers Steve and Michelle offer a curated list of the very best cultural, shopping, eating and drinking experiences in Kyoto. There are also a selection of 'field trips' that encourage you to venture outside the city, and a fold-out map to make touring a breeze. With a beautiful design, vibrants images and detailed reviews, you'll easily navigate the city's ancient pathways, through to its bonsai gardens. Konnichi-wa and welcome to Kyoto!
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Steve Wide and Michelle Mackintosh have been obsessed with Kyoto since their first visit in the late 1990s. Since then they have been saving up all their pennies and travelling to Japan twice a year. Steve is a passionate writer and DJ, with a local radio show on 3RRR. Michelle is a book and stationery designer and illustrator. Together they have created all of the text, photography, illustrations and design for this new-age travel guide. Michelle also won a 2015 Australian Book Design Award for her work on the Precincts guidebook series.