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Kyoto is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Japan. The historical city is home to iconic landmarks such as Kiyomizu Temple, Nijō Castle and Kinkaku-ji and a total of 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Since the year 794, Kyoto had been the seat of the nation until the capital was relocated to Tokyo in 1868.

Its long history bestowed the city with relics, temples, and Shinto shrines that offer unparalleled views into Japan’s storied past. With its amazing history and poetic landscapes, it's no wonder that Kyoto is known as Japan’s cultural center.

Some of the best things to do here is to stroll around Gion and meet the exquisite geisha, or roam through Hanamikoji Street to soak in the Edo vibe. To take things up a notch, rent a kimono and enjoy a classic Kyoto kaiseki meal.

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    Kyoto is a must-visit destination for most people traveling to Japan. As one of the most historical cities in the country, Kyoto brings in visitors who wish to see and experience traditional Japanese culture.

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    The best seasons to travel would be early April, known as the sakura season; May, with its warm climate and blossoming flowers; and November, when maple leaves turn red in autumn. Many tourists try to avoid both the beginning and the end of the year, as well as the scorching summer.

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    We recommend a four or five-day itinerary for travelers visiting Kyoto for the first time. Dedicate three days to seeing the world heritage temples, Japanese gardens, and historical neighborhoods around the city. On day four, explore important sites in the outskirts of Kyoto before spending the last day to shop in the historical city.

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    Kansai International Airport (KIA) located in Izumisano City is the main airport serving Osaka, Kyoto and the entire Kansai region. From there, JR trains and airport buses provide the most direct access into Kyoto.

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    Kyoto, Japan's cultural center, is home to the refined flavors of washoku, or Japanese cuisine. Its tofu (beancurd) cuisine and pickled vegetables, called tsukemono, are recognized as one of the best in Japan.

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Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine (Kyoto)

One of the oldest shrines in Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari Shrine was voted the Top Thing To Do In Kyoto in 2016. Its seemingly endless row of vermillio...Read more

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple

The Kiyomizu temple harks back 1,200 years since its foundation and gets its name, meaning “pure water temple”, from the pure waters of the waterfa...Read more

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Hyotei

Hyotei is known throughout Japan as the representative top-class Kyoto cuisine restaurant. It started as a teashop serving tea for people who visi...Read more

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Arashiyama

A lot of people visit Arashiyama to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and autumn leaves in fall. Arashiyama is a nationally-designated Historic Site ...Read more

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Nishiki Market

Known as "Kyoto's Kitchen", this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and...Read more

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Sanjusangendo Temple

Sanjusangendo is the popular name for Rengeo-in, a temple in eastern Kyoto which is famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. Th...Read more

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Nijo Castle

The Nijojo Castle was recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994. It was built in 1603 as the Kyoto residence of the first shogun of the Ed...Read more

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Kamogawa River

鴨川是代表京都一條長31公里的一級河川,河水十分清澈,貫穿整個京都的南與北。從古代起居民已經住在河流的兩旁,特別是西岸及南岸。櫻花季節,兩岸各式品種的櫻花,江中白鷺駐足,景致十分美麗。傍晚的鴨川,會看見很多情侶、老人在河邊散步閒話,華燈初上,河兩岸的餐館亮燈,點綴著鴨川,寧靜而美好。河流兩旁有...Read more

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