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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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Sento Palace

Imperial palace with beautiful gardens.

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Visited by
230 users
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Nishiki Market

Fresh food market street in central Kyoto.

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1481 users
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Pontocho

Narrow lane offering atmospheric dining.

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Visited by
996 users
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Nijo Jinya

Former inn for visiting feudal lords.

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495 users
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Kyoto Station

Kyoto's futuristic railway station building.

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4317 users

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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Visited by
3021 users
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Higashiyama

Preserved historic district around Kiyomizudera.

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Visited by
1060 users
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Gion

Kyoto's most famous geisha district.

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Visited by
3465 users
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Heian Shrine

Modeled after the ancient Imperial Palace.

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Visited by
1849 users
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Maruyama Park

Kyoto's most popular park for cherry blossoms.

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Visited by
610 users

Southern Kyoto

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Toji Temple

Large temple with Japan's tallest pagoda.

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Visited by
1160 users

Northern Kyoto

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Kinkakuji

Temple building covered in gold.

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4168 users
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Kibune

Town with shrine in the northern mountains.

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161 users
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Kurama

Rural town with temple and hot spring.

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Visited by
422 users
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Ohara

Rural area famous for Sanzenin Temple.

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Visited by
403 users
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Hieizan

Mountain temple complex of the Tendai sect.

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474 users
10

Takao

Wooded valley with temples north of Kyoto.

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182 users
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Enkoji Temple

Nice Zen temple known for its autumn colors.

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Visited by
129 users

Western Kyoto

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Arashiyama

Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto.

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2325 users
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Kokedera

Called moss temple because of its garden.

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126
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Visited by
324 users
3

Katsura Villa

Imperial villa with stunning landscape garden.

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Visited by
330 users
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Sagano Railway

Nostalgic sightseeing train through a scenic valley.

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Visited by
246 users

Events

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Hanatoro

Twice annual light up event.

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205 users
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Aoi Matsuri

Historical parade from the Heian Period.

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228 users
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Jidai Matsuri

Historical parade covering an entire millenium.

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Visited by
182 users

Side Trips from Kyoto

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Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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856 users
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Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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5213 users
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Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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396 users
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Osaka

Largest city of the Kinki Region.

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6632 users
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Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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2536 users
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Amanohashidate

One of Japan's three most scenic views.

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Visited by
492 users
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Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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3232 users
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Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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Visited by
536 users
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Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

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26 users
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Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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109 users

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Gion Hatanaka

A traditional ryokan situated in a quiet area of Gion. Close to Yasaka Shrine and Kodaiji Temple. Maiko performs at night. Experience the quality hospitality.

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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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