Introduction

Kyoto is a must-visit destination for most people traveling to Japan. As one of the most historical cities in the country, Kyoto induces curiosity in people who wish to explore the authentic allure of the Japanese culture.

Kyoto was initially known as the country’s capital from 794 until 1868—when the capital was relocated to Tokyo. Since then, time has bestowed the city with unparalleled stories featuring historic relics, temples, and Shinto shrines that remain intact today. The whole of Kyoto is known as the Japan’s cultural center, with Kiyomizu Temple, Nijō Castle and Kinkaku-ji being among the most famous tourist spots here.

Apart from being home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, the charisma that Kyoto exudes is irresistible to visitors. Walking through Gion and meeting geikos all dolled up, roaming Hanamikoji Street to feel the vibe of the Edo period still alive, or putting on kimono and enjoying a classic Kyoto Kaiseki-Ryōri meal will all take you back to the ancient times.

Even though Kyoto is not large, it has a rich and diverse landscape of mountains and waters. The Katsura River goes through Arashiyama and meets the Kamogawa at the south, and Lake Biwa of Shiga Prefecture borders Kyoto at its east. To this day, we can still see the spectacular Roman-style aqueduct of Lake Biwa around Nanzen-ji.

When it comes to food, Kyoto cuisine places emphasis on seasonal ingredients and artistic presentations, adding another dimension to the city’s elegant charm. Kaiseki-Ryōri, tofu dishes, and Kyoto pickles are among the local specialties. In Kyoto, you can taste the delicious wild mountain veggies and tofu, sip Sake made with Fushimi water, dine at the 3-Michelin starred Kyoto Kitcho in Arashiyama, or enjoy an affordable bowl of unagi rice at Hirokawa. Simply put, Kyoto offers an amazing experience to food lovers.

When in Kyoto, you can fully immerse yourself in the city where historic times and modern civilization co-exist.


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Nijojo is the palace for shogun in Kyoto. This palace was built in 1603, and is also known as Nijo Castle. The high walls, and lengthy ditches symbolize the power of the Edo shogunate. Tokugawa Ieyasu, Tokugawa Ieyasu Kawakuchi and Tokugawa Qingxi have lived here. The castle itself is not very gr...
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Arashiyama, a scenic area, is located in the western suburbs of Kyoto. In the Heian era, it was the home of aristocratic decadence. Now, when standing on the Togetsukyo Bridge, you can hear the murmuring flow of Guichuan. Stop and imagine the boats of past aristocrats rippling in the Weir River, ...
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Higashiyama is a cultural hotspot. It is located at the western foot of Higashiyama Peak in Kyoto City. It includes bustling streets such as Gion but also has many quiet temples including Kiyomizu-ji Temple, Kodaiji Temple, Kenninji and Chishakuin Temple. The Kyoto National Museum is also located...
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Gion refers to the area from Yasaka Shrine in the east to Kamakawa in the west. It is not very big, but it is a concentrated pocket of the traditional cultural essence of Kyoto. The most famous attraction is Hanami Koji. You will see low Machiya huts built several hundred years ago. At night, in ...
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Kyoto Station is the main transportation hub of Kyoto. Several railway lines such as JR, Subway and Kintetsu join here. It is also the second largest commercial shopping center after Kawaramachi. You can visit the Isetan Department Store, Kyoto Theater, souvenir shops and gift stores. The Cube an...
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Karasuma is located in the heart of Kyoto. It is the interchange between Kyoto Metro and Hankyu Kyoto Line. There are also many bus lines that make it easy to reach the Southeast, North and South. Around this area, you will find bustling commercial streets, financial institutions, office building...
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This is an area located in the south of Kyoto. In 1592, Toyotomi Hideyoshi built the Fushimi Momoyama Castle here. It is still a major landmark building in Fushimi. This area intersects Kamogawa, the Uji River and the Katsura River. Since ancient times, it has been famous for its soft, clear wate...

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