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Kyoto is famous for its history and culture. Kyoto features an unrivaled 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, so includes many historic buildings fit for a capital. Unlike previous occasions when the capital of Japan was relocated, the vast majority of the buildings remained in Kyoto.

This staggering array of history properties includes over 1,600 temples, 400 shrines and three Imperial Properties including the Kyoto Imperial Palace (Gosho), which is still used today.

Kyoto is one of few places where you can still see Geisha walking between traditional tea houses on their way to entertain guests. Kyoto also features some of the best Japanese gardens.

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    Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine

    Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine has been made famous in modern culture through countless photographs and movies, including Memoirs of a Geisha, that depict the thousands of photogenic vermilion torii lining the stone paths throughout the extensive shrine grounds. Only a short walk along the stone path lined with the Vermilion Torii is required to see read more

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    Kinkakuji

    Kinkakuji is the most famous Buddhist temple in Kyoto and probably Japan. Also known as the Golden Pavilion, it is literally covered in gold leaf and is surrounded by beautiful Japanese gardens. Kinkakuji is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site forming part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient read more

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    Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    Kiyomizu-dera Temple is notable for its vast veranda, that offers impressive views of the Kyoto. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of the best known sights of Kyoto, being particularly popular in cherry blossom season when the main hall is surrounded by a carpet of blossom. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of read more

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    Nijo Castle

    Nijo Castle in the heart of Kyoto includes Ninomaru Palace and several beautiful Japanese gardens. Nijo Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)” listing. In 1603 Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Shogun, ordered the construction of the Nijo Castle. It was to read more

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    Ryoanji Temple

    Ryoanji Temple features one of the most notable examples of the dry-landscape or zen style Japanese gardens. Ryoanji Temple is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)” listing. The Ryoanji Temple garden, which is the quintessential read more

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    Byodoin Temple

    Byodoin Temple is a famous Buddhist temple which appears on the 10 Yen coin. Byodoin Temple is in tea making area of Uji near Kyoto. Byodoin Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms part of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)” listing.

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