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Kyoto, the old capital, is a city with an ancient townscape and deeply ingrained customs. It's a place where you can experience traditional culture the most in Japan, so it's also popular with Japanese people. During cherry blossom season and in autumn when the leaves turn color are when the city is especially full of people. There are plenty of scenic places to visit such as the World Heritage Sites of Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and Nijo-jo Castle; Fushimi Inari Taisha, famous for its row of red torii gates and chosen as the top destination for foreign tourists 3 years in a row; Ryoanji, known for its rock garden; Arashiyama, a lush area complete with a beautiful bamboo forest; Gion, the neighborhood where geisha and apprentice geisha named maiko work; as well as plenty of shrines, temples, and other scenic spots. For meals, Kyoto is famous for beautiful kaiseki course cuisine and obanzai homestyle side dishes made with tofu and Kyoto vegetables. You can enjoy them with regional sake in restaurants that retain their ancient facades or the summer tradition called kawadoko, in which you eat on a terrace over a river. If you want to experience Japanese culture even further, you can dress up as an apprentice geisha, learn to make Japanese sweets called wagashi, or visit during festivals like the Aoi Matsuri, Gion Matsuri, or the Jidai Matsuri. You can also enjoy buying traditional products and Japanese accessories like folding fans, kanzashi hair accessories, or matcha sweets.


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  1. 5 Shopping Spots You Want to Go to In Kyoto

  2. 4 Ryokan in Kyoto with Private Baths that are Perfect for Couples and Families

  3. 5 Tea Specialty Stores in Kyoto to Buy Delicious Tea as Souvenirs

  4. Top 10 Matcha Green Tea Desserts to Enjoy in Kyoto

  5. Top 5 Kimono/Yukata Rental Shops in Kyoto

  6. Top 7 Recommended Restaurant in Kyoto Station

  7. 5 Kyoto Pancake Shops You’ll Want to Try Even After a Wait

  8. Top 5 Shops for All-You-Can-Eat Delicious Yakiniku in Kyoto

  9. 5 Recommended Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurants in Kyoto

  10. 6 Elegant Kyoto souvenirs that even Japanese rush to buy


  1. 1. The 1,200 Carved Stone Figures of Rakan at Togaku-zan Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple

    Five Interesting Spots at Temples and Shrines in Kyoto



  2. Day 1

    Travel Guide for a Two-Day Trip to Kyoto During Cherry Blossom Season


  3. The Beautiful 1.4 km Cherry Blossom Tunnel in Sewaritei, Yodogawa Riverside Park

    【Kyoto】 Fantastic Views of Cherry Blossoms Discovered by Photographers That Will Bring You to Tears (2)



  1. 1. Grill Kodakara

    5 Must-Try Restaurants in Kyoto Serving Exquisite Omurice



  2. 1. KYOYA KIYOMIZU Gion Shinbashi

    【2018 Edition】 5 Izakaya in Kyoto That Are Popular With Locals


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  3. Flaky Waffle Bars With Plenty of Matcha

    【Top Selection】Four Cafes in Arashiyama, Kyoto, for Matcha Desserts



  1. 1. Shiori-Ichi Bookmarks by Uragu

    【2018 Edition】Perfect as Souvenirs! Five Japanese Stationery to Purchase in Kyoto


  2. 1. Coin Purse from Matsuhiro Shoten Sanjo Main Store

    【2018 Edition】4 Recommended Shops for Japanese Goods and Crafts in Kyoto


  3. 1. Incense from Shoyeido

    【2018 Edition】10 Recommended Souvenirs in Kyoto



  1. 1. Guesthouse Kioto

    Top 10 Highly Rated Guesthouses Based on Word of Mouth Around Kyoto’s Famous Spot, Kinkakuji



  2. 1. Kyoto Nijo Ohan

    5 Accommodations with Great Reviews Around the Popular Kyoto Sightseeing Spot of Nijo Castle



  3. 1. Kiyomizu Sannenzaka – Guest House in Kyoto

    5 Accommodations Around Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera temple with Great Customer Reviews



Kyoto×Tips & Manners

  1. Oideyasu

    Traveling Will Be More Fun If You Know These! Japanese Phrase Edition 【Kyoto Dialect Edition】


  2. What is Nijo Castle?

    One of Kyoto’s Most Famous Sightseeing Spots! Trivia on the Former Imperial Residence, Nijo Castle


  3. Overview of Kyo Ryori

    What is Kyo Ryori, Commonly Seen in Kyoto?



  1. What is Kabuki Calligraphy? How to write your name in kanji

  2. Visit “Fushimi Inari-Taisha” with a local specialist

  3. Create your own masterpiece! Learn about traditional Japanese art Ikebana (flower arranging)

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