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

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Kimono-clad woman at Yasaka Pagoda and Sannen Zaka Street in Kyoto (Photo: Guitar photographer / Shutterstock.com)

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Kahoen Sakura Festival 2024

Kahoen Sakura Festival 2024

Apr 6th - Apr 21st

Kahoen is a mountainside garden in Kyoto known for its seasonal beauty, particularly the numerous sakura trees that bloom during..

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Miyako Odori 2024

Miyako Odori 2024

Apr 1st - Apr 30th

The Miyako Odori performance in Minamiza theatre in Kyoto hass a long history and involves the best geiko and maiko of Kyoto. The..

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Yabusame Shinji 2024

Yabusame Shinji 2024

Early May

Every year in early May. witness the Yabusame Shinji at Shimogamo shrine, where Japanese mounted archers fire arrows at enemy targets...

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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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Causette Joli is a Japanese cosmetics company that sells nail products that embody Japan’s cultural, natural, and seasonal bea..

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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 in Video
Population 2,636,092
Area 4,612.20 km²

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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