If you need an antidote to the stress of wedding planning, nowhere provides zen-like calm better than Hoshinoya.

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Kyoto is another world, with narrow wooden streets, geishas, Shinto shrines and dry temple gardens made of rock and gravel, which are loaded with symbolic and historic meaning.

The Hoshinoya Ryokan (inn) delivers an 'authentic Japan with modern comfort', and delicate interiors feature exquisite woodblock-printed paper and an waromatic cedar bath, which releases fragrance as it fills with water.

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A Michelin-starred restaurant tempts with soba noodles and matsutake mushroom soup, while beyond is the Oku-no-niwa zen garden. 

WOW FACTOR: Japanese traditions, from fishing with cormorants to learning Zazen meditation (central to Zen Buddhist practice).

FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours.

GO: Abercrombie & Kent www.abercrombiekent.co.uk offers seven nights in Japan, including two nights at Hoshinoya Kyoto, from £2,895 per person. Includes flights.

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