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For over 14 years our online Kyoto guide has provided our readers with a comprehensive guide to this ancient Japanese city. Our chief researcher grew up in the Kyoto area, so has a deep and personal understanding of the culture and attractions is this beautiful city. Through the development of our guide to Kyoto we have visited and photographed over one hundred temples and many shrines. With this detailed knowledge we have created one of the best online guides to Kyoto including suggested Kyoto itineraries along with extensive lists of attractions.
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While there are modern elements to the city of Kyoto, there still remains an unrivalled quantity and quality of history properties spread throughout the city of Kyoto and the surrounding hills. Kyoto was the capital of Japan prior to Tokyo, and unlike previous occasions when the capital of Japan was relocated, the vast majority of the buildings were left in Kyoto. This staggering array of properties includes over 1,600 temples, 400 shrines and three Imperial Properties including the Kyoto Imperial Palace (Gosho), which is still used today. In addition there many traditional Japanese tea houses, Geisha houses and Japanese gardens.
Kyoto has the remains of four Japanese castles, including the largely original and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nijo Castle. Looking at a Kyoto map you can still clearly see how Nijo Castle still remains at the centre of the city, surrounded by temples, shrines and the other historic areas and hills beyond that. While Nijo Castle represents the geographic centre of Kyoto, it is the landmark building of Kyoto Station, which represents much of the modern activity area. Kyoto Station and the adjacent Kyoto Bus Station are the focus of many retail shops and Kyoto hotels.
KYOTO CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON
Cherry Blossom season throughout Japan is popular time for people to visit gardens and temples to view the cherry blossom. In Kyoto the cherry blossom season is extremely busy, with the best locations packed with local and international visitors. There are traffic jams around the popular areas throughout many of the days, but more so on the weekend. Does this mean it isn’t worth seeing Kyoto during cherry blossom season? Not at all, it is such a special and brief time, where the views are so beautiful. A wonderful cherry blossom experience is something you will remember for the rest of your life.
This popular time in Kyoto does mean that you will need to plan ahead, anticipate that it will be crowded and prepare to work around the situation. If you can, time your visit to Kyoto for week days, rather than weekends. Book your Kyoto hotel or accommodation, well in advance. Ideally one year ahead, but if you are booking closer to the time, then your options will be more limited. This will mean either a more expensive hotel or staying a little bit out of Kyoto, such as in Otsu, around Lake Biwako or even Osaka, which is only a 30 minute express train ride away.
Cherry blossom season in Kyoto tends to be the first two weeks of April, but this varies from year to year. The blossom can arrive a few days early or even a week late. Cherry trees come into blossom at slightly different time within Kyoto. This variation is caused by slightly different climatic conditions caused by hills, wind, soil type and exposure to the sun.
Kyoto is two and a half hours by train from Tokyo, to the south west, in the Kansai Region. There are so many Kyoto attractions, so we have tried to make it easier for you to find what interests you. See our Kyoto attractions page for more information on over 230 Kyoto attractions we have information on.
TOP TEN KYOTO ATTRACTIONS
Ginkakuji Temple - Silver Pavilion
Heian Jingu Shrine
Kinkakuji Temple - Golden Pavilion
Byodoin Temple Kyoto
Author: Craig Fryer