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To really discover the beauty and grace of Japan you need to visit the ancient imperial capital Kyoto. Originally Heian-kyo, capital of peace and tranquility, Kyoto was modeled after the Tang Chinese city of Chang-an in a simple checkerboard design. Kyoto is bordered on three sides by mountain ranges and bisected by the gentle flow of the Kamo River, cobble-stone streets and centuries-old buildings in the eastern quarters complete the historic scenery.

Culturally, Kyoto remains the richest part of the country and the local people cherish their sophisticated cuisine, sensitivity to the seasons and ancient traditions. In the famous Gion district it is not uncommon to see real geisha heading off to their tea house engagements in the early evenings and many local people still dress in traditional kimono fashion.

The city is home to two extensive imperial complexes, more than 1650 Buddhist temples and over 400 Shinto shrines. Many of these historic buildings have been rebuilt up to a dozen times as the city fell victim to earthquakes, fires and civil wars. Nowadays quite a few are protected as UNESCO World Heritage sites. In addition to important architectural and religious sites, Kyoto is famous for its stunning Japanese gardens many with beautiful restaurants that serve traditional Kyo-ryori, the cuisine of the tea ceremony.

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Kyoto Travel Guide

Where to Stay in Kyoto

Kyoto Hotels

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Kyoto Area Guides

Kyoto Area Guides

Kyoto City comprises 11 wards, each with something special to explore. The centrally located wards of Nakagyo and Read More...

Kyoto Tours

Kyoto Tours

The ancient capital of Japan has literally hundreds of UNESCO cultural sites, and there is no better way to see them all Read More...

Kyoto Attractions

Kyoto Attractions A-Z

Just a simple walk along the narrow streets will show that the many old wooden shops, stores and teahouse are still very Read More...

Kyoto Restaurants

Kyoto Restaurants A-Z

Kyoto in general is not an ideal place for tourists on a tight budget. If hungry visitors spend enough time checking and Read More...

Kyoto Nightlife

Kyoto Nightlife A-Z

Kyoto’s attractions are not only limited to the historical side of things. Visitors who want to enjoy a night out or two Read More...

Kyoto Shopping

Kyoto Shopping A-Z

Kyoto is a great place to visit because of its significant history and just loads of shopping options. If your Kyoto Read More...

Kyoto Activities

Kyoto Activities A-Z

Kyoto is full of interesting things to do. This ancient capital has a lot of vintage architecture such as castles, Read More...

Kyoto Maps

Kyoto Maps

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More Kyoto Travel Guides by Area

Fushimi

Fushimi

Fushimi is a famous sake producing district, the second largest in the country. The soft clear spring water sourced in Read More...

Higashiyama

Higashiyama

Higashiyama-ku is separated from the rest of the city by the Kamo river. This geographic detail has saved it from the Read More...

Kamigyo

Kamigyo

One of Kyoto’s original two wards, Kamigyo is centrally located, bordered by Nakagyo to the south, Sakyo and Kita wards Read More...

Kita

Kita

Kita Ward is in the northern areas of Kyoto City. There are four universities in the ward with thousands of university Read More...

Minami

Minami

Historically the area of Minami Ward has played an important role. Being on the only side of the city which is not bound Read More...

Nakagyo

Nakagyo

Located in the central regions of Kyoto, Nakagyo translates as the “central capital” ward. With the gentle flow of the Read More...

Nishikyo

Nishikyo

Occupying the western limits of Kyoto City, Nishikyo Ward is separated from Ukyo Ward by the Katsura River and is Read More...

Sakyo

Sakyo

Sakyo Ward is home to some of Kyoto’s most iconic landmarks as well as some of its most secret treasures. The Silver Read More...

Shimogyo

Shimogyo

Shimogyo contains the city’s busiest shopping district, Shijō Kawaramachi plus two of modern Kyoto’s proudest landmarks; Read More...

Ukyo

Ukyo

Occupying the western border of Kyoto, Ukyo Ward has a number of significant sites that you shouldn’t miss. The ward is Read More...

Yamashina

Yamashina

Yamashina Ward lies in the south-eastern area of Kyoto City bordered by historic Higashiyama and Sakyo wards to the Read More...

 

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