Kyoto

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Kyoto (s, Kyōto) served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face.

Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.

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Central Kyoto

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Nijo Castle

Former Kyoto residence of the shogun.

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Nishiki Market

Fresh food market street in central Kyoto.

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1397 users
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Sento Palace

Imperial palace with beautiful gardens.

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212 users
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Pontocho

Narrow lane offering atmospheric dining.

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939 users
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Nijo Jinya

Former inn for visiting feudal lords.

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473 users
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Kyoto Station

Kyoto's futuristic railway station building.

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Eastern Kyoto

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Kiyomizudera

Temple famous for its large wooden terrace.

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3568 users
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Ginkakuji

Beautiful temple not actually covered in silver.

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2867 users
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Higashiyama

Preserved historic district around Kiyomizudera.

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948 users
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Gion

Kyoto's most famous geisha district.

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3282 users
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Heian Shrine

Modeled after the ancient Imperial Palace.

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1761 users
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Maruyama Park

Kyoto's most popular park for cherry blossoms.

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557 users

Southern Kyoto

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Toji Temple

Large temple with Japan's tallest pagoda.

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Northern Kyoto

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Kinkakuji

Temple building covered in gold.

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3986 users
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Kibune

Town with shrine in the northern mountains.

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133 users
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Kurama

Rural town with temple and hot spring.

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397 users
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Ohara

Rural area famous for Sanzenin Temple.

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385 users
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Hieizan

Mountain temple complex of the Tendai sect.

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449 users
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Takao

Wooded valley with temples north of Kyoto.

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168 users
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Enkoji Temple

Nice Zen temple known for its autumn colors.

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Visited by
102 users

Western Kyoto

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Arashiyama

Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto.

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2155 users
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Kokedera

Called moss temple because of its garden.

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304 users
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Katsura Villa

Imperial villa with stunning landscape garden.

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317 users
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Hozugawa Cruise

Scenic boat ride down a river towards Arashiyama.

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67 users
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Sagano Railway

Nostalgic sightseeing train through a scenic valley.

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219 users

Events

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Hanatoro

Twice annual light up event.

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193 users
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Aoi Matsuri

Historical parade from the Heian Period.

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213 users
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Jidai Matsuri

Historical parade covering an entire millenium.

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172 users

Side Trips from Kyoto

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Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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801 users
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Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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4972 users
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Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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373 users
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Osaka

Largest city of the Kinki Region.

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Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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2387 users
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Amanohashidate

One of Japan's three most scenic views.

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Visited by
458 users
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Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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3092 users
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Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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Visited by
519 users
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Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

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22 users
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Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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333 users
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Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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105 users

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Backpackers Hostel Ks House Kyoto

One of Kyoto's most popular hostels. A ten minute walk from Kyoto Station.

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Hotel Granvia Kyoto

Located inside Kyoto Station, this is Kyoto's most convenient 4-star hotel.

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Hyatt Regency Kyoto Hotel

Elegant luxury hotel located near Sanjusangendo Temple.

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Khaosan Kyoto Guest House

Cheap and popular hostel located in the heart of the city near Kawaramachi Station.

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New Miyako Hotel Kyoto

Reasonably priced 3-star hotel located just across the street from Kyoto Station.

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Royal Park Hotel The Kyoto

Modern hotel along Sanjo Street close to Pontocho and other dining options.

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