We have no idea why winter tourists would busy themselves with the bustle of Tokyo when all of the history and scenic winter landscape lives in this ancient city.
Home to a whopping 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, a geisha district, ancient temples and Zen rock gardens, Japan's former imperial capital has plenty to woo U.S. tourists even during its coldest season. The lower prices certainly don't hurt.
The Hyatt Regency Kyoto offers twin rooms for $230 in January that go for $270 in July. How do you get there? Well, round-trip airfares from the West Coast to Tokyo go for as little as $820 in January and February. Compare that with $1,000 for the rare "cheap" summer excursion, and you have a discount worth delving into.