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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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1431 users
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Sento Palace

Imperial palace with beautiful gardens.

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221 users
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Pontocho

Narrow lane offering atmospheric dining.

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962 users
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Nijo Jinya

Former inn for visiting feudal lords.

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485 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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Ginkakuji

Beautiful temple not actually covered in silver.

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2922 users
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Higashiyama

Preserved historic district around Kiyomizudera.

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998 users
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Gion

Kyoto's most famous geisha district.

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3356 users
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Heian Shrine

Modeled after the ancient Imperial Palace.

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1794 users
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Maruyama Park

Kyoto's most popular park for cherry blossoms.

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Southern Kyoto

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Toji Temple

Large temple with Japan's tallest pagoda.

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1130 users

Northern Kyoto

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Kinkakuji

Temple building covered in gold.

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4051 users
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Kibune

Town with shrine in the northern mountains.

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145 users
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Kurama

Rural town with temple and hot spring.

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408 users
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Ohara

Rural area famous for Sanzenin Temple.

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Visited by
392 users
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Hieizan

Mountain temple complex of the Tendai sect.

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465 users
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Takao

Wooded valley with temples north of Kyoto.

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174 users
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Enkoji Temple

Nice Zen temple known for its autumn colors.

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Visited by
113 users

Western Kyoto

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Arashiyama

Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto.

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2217 users
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Kokedera

Called moss temple because of its garden.

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315 users
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Katsura Villa

Imperial villa with stunning landscape garden.

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322 users
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Sagano Railway

Nostalgic sightseeing train through a scenic valley.

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234 users

Events

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Hanatoro

Twice annual light up event.

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197 users
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Aoi Matsuri

Historical parade from the Heian Period.

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220 users
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Jidai Matsuri

Historical parade covering an entire millenium.

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174 users

Side Trips from Kyoto

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Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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817 users
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Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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5069 users
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Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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383 users
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Osaka

Largest city of the Kinki Region.

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6429 users
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Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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2450 users
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Amanohashidate

One of Japan's three most scenic views.

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Visited by
469 users
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Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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3144 users
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Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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526 users
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Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

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23 users
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Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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341 users
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Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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106 users

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Renovated Traditional Machiya in the heart of Kyoto's oldest Hanamachi Geisha district. Mosaic Machiya is a Guesthouse, Bar & Cafe.

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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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