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Kyoto

Japan's ancient capital home to sacred shrines and Zen gardens

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Can Architecture Be Art?

Can Architecture Be Art?

Jan 6th - Mar 7th

A special exhibition taking place at Kyoto's Museum of Modern Art asks the question "can architecture be art?", and specifically..

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Plum Blossom at Jonan-gu in Kyoto

Plum Blossom at Jonan-gu in Kyoto

Feb 18th - Mar 22nd

Jonangu in Fushimi, Kyoto is a Heian era Shinto shrine with a camellia and plum blossom festival in February and March

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Ine Boathouse Ryokan

Ine Boathouse Ryokan

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At Ine there are surprises and delights in every season. In winter the mountains are blanketed by snow, and you are rewarded by..

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Japan Rail Tokai Flex Pass

Japan Rail Tokai Flex Pass

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The Flex Ticket is a new travel package for international visitors, incorporating a return ticket between the major cities in Tokyo..

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About Kyoto

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Capital Kyoto
Population 2,636,092
Area 4,612.20 sq. km

Japan’s capital from AD 794 to 1868, the list of possible tourist destinations in Kyoto Prefecture (京都府, Kyōto-fu) is endless.

You can attempt to visit all of major sites, including but certainly not limited to: Fushimi Inari Shrine and its brilliant vermillion row of torii gates, its many temples (most notably Kiyomizu-dera, Sanjusangen-do, and Kinkaku-ji), Nijo Castle, and Amanohashidate (one of the Three Views of Japan).

Or you can attempt to “experience” Kyoto and its rich culture: appreciate the traditional architecture and maiko of the Gion district, witness the Gion Festival (held every July), and indulge in the various delicacies Kyoto has to offer, such as Uji matcha green tea, tofu, and various Japanese confectioneries. Kyoto is on the bucket list of many a traveller, and for good reason. 

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