Tokyo preview

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Tokyo is perfectly located for an easy weekend getaway to a variety of the nation’s sightseeing treasures. While the youngest of children won't enjoy many of these weekend excursions, older children will likely be interested in seeing a very different side of Japan and learning about the nation's history (particularly in the Kyoto-area).

Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, is just 2.5 hours from central Tokyo via shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo or Shinagawa stations. From Kinkakuji’s Golden Pavilion in northern Kyoto to Kiyomizu Temple and Gion (home of the geisha) in the east, there’s simply so much to see that Kyoto cannot be fully experienced even within the confines of an entire weekend. Make sure to also drop by Nijo Castle, and for dinner head to the Pontocho district for a luxurious riverside meal. More travel information on Kyoto can be found here: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2158.html.

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