To enter a place so magically seductive you'll never forget it, step out the door of the Imperial 11Hotel in central Osaka and travel some 43 kilos, just 30 minutes, to Kyoto, by frequent, comfortable JR trains. Kyoto is truly, in a word, another world. And a stunning contrast to energetic, youthful Osaka. Be sure to plan to experience the most Japanese of any building in Japan, the sublime Katsura Imperial summer villa, pictured above and below, by applying in advance through our Imperial Hotel, Osaka for permission. The understated beauty of the Ryoan-ji Temple and rock garden (no advance application needed), bottom left, will also leave you floating in your own sky. And Kyoto offers an endless list of many more dazzling sights.

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