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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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Sento Palace

Imperial palace with beautiful gardens.

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Nijo Jinya

Former inn for visiting feudal lords.

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461 users
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Pontocho

Narrow lane offering atmospheric dining.

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904 users
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Kyoto Station

Kyoto's futuristic railway station building.

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3979 users

Eastern Kyoto

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Kiyomizudera

Temple famous for its large wooden terrace.

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3468 users
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Ginkakuji

Beautiful temple not actually covered in silver.

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2787 users
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Higashiyama

Preserved historic district around Kiyomizudera.

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895 users
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Gion

Kyoto's most famous geisha district.

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3188 users
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Heian Shrine

Modeled after the ancient Imperial Palace.

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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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Northern Kyoto

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Kinkakuji

Temple building covered in gold.

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Kibune

Town with shrine in the northern mountains.

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122 users
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Kurama

Rural town with temple and hot spring.

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388 users
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Ohara

Rural area famous for Sanzenin Temple.

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375 users
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Hieizan

Mountain temple complex of the Tendai sect.

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442 users
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Takao

Wooded valley with temples north of Kyoto.

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165 users

Western Kyoto

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Arashiyama

Pleasant district at the outskirts of Kyoto.

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Kokedera

Called moss temple because of its garden.

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294 users
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Katsura Villa

Imperial villa with stunning landscape garden.

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305 users
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Hozugawa Cruise

Scenic boat ride down a river towards Arashiyama.

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63 users
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Sagano Railway

Nostalgic sightseeing train through a scenic valley.

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Events

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Hanatoro

Twice annual light up event.

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185 users
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Aoi Matsuri

Historical parade from the Heian Period.

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208 users
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Jidai Matsuri

Historical parade covering an entire millenium.

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168 users

Side Trips from Kyoto

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Mount Koya

Atmospheric temple mountain.

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775 users
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Nara

Japan's first permanent capital.

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Osaka

Largest city of the Kinki Region.

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Kinosaki

Pleasant, old-fashioned hot spring resort.

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355 users
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Himeji

Site of Japan's most beautiful feudal castle.

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2334 users
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Amanohashidate

One of Japan's three most scenic views.

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446 users
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Kobe

Harbor city, recovered from 1995 earthquake.

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3013 users
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Iga Ueno

Former castle town famous for ninja.

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512 users
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Miyama

Rural town with lots of thatched roof houses.

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16 users
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Asuka

The cradle of the Japanese civilization.

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324 users
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Koka

Rural city known as a homeland of the ninja.

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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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