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Kyoto

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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Kyoto×Sightseeing

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    【Kyoto Tower Sando】Try to Create Food Replicas and Make Japanese Sweets!

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    2017.08.10

  2. 【Kyoto Tower Sando】Try to Create Food Replicas and Make Japanese Sweets!

    【Kyoto Tower Sando】Try to Create Food Replicas and Make Japanese Sweets!

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    2017.08.10

  3. "A Retro Starbucks with Tatami Mats Opens in an Old Building More than 100 Years Old in Ninenzaka, Kyoto"

    2017.07.13

Kyoto×Food

  1. <Best 1>The Viscous and Rich Matcha Syrup Goes Perfectly with Black Bean Soft Serve Ice Cream!

    【Kansai】Five Select Super Strong Matcha Kakigori Shaved Ice Distinguished by its Luscious Flavors and Aroma

    2017.07.27

  2. Revel in the Rich Flavors that are a Testament to the Skills of the Tea Producer and Tea Master

    "Matcha, Hojicha, Black Tea! Seven Select Tea-Flavored Kakigori Shaved Ice"

    2017.07.13

  3. Double the matcha sensation with a bittersweet sauce!

    [Kyoto Sightseeing] 3 New Lavish Matcha Parfaits with Premium Matcha Inside

    2017.07.06

Kyoto×Shopping

  1. Decided After Actual Taste Tests! 10 Recommended Souvenirs from Kyoto Tower Sando

    Decided After Actual Taste Tests! 10 Recommended Souvenirs from Kyoto Tower Sando

    2017.08.03

  2. 1. Ippodo Tea Kyoto Main Store

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

    2017.07.20

  3. Knives from Aritsugu

    Feel the Amazing Skills of Artisans! Kitchen Items to Purchase in Kyoto

    2017.06.01

Kyoto×Hotels

  1. 1. Kyoto Knot Vacation House

    Feels Like Home! Five Villa-Style Accommodations in Kyoto

    2017.06.29

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  2. 1. Kumo Machiya Nijojo

    Couples Love Them! 5 Handpicked Lodging Facilities in Kyoto

    2017.06.22

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  3. 1. Classy Hotel with 5 Stars! Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto

    Within 5 Min From the Station! 5 Recommended Hotels in Kyoto's Shijo/Kawaramachi Area

    2017.04.27

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Kyoto×Tips & Manners

  1. Use Them Wisely! Five Travel Tickets Convenient for Seeing Kyoto

    Use Them Wisely! Five Travel Tickets Convenient for Seeing Kyoto

    2017.01.19

  2. Let’s Ride in Kyoto’s Foreign Friendly Taxis!

    Let’s Ride in Kyoto’s Foreign Friendly Taxis!

    2016.12.21

  3. Convenient for sightseeing! Guide to Taking Buses from Kyoto Station

    Convenient for sightseeing! Guide to Taking Buses from Kyoto Station

    2016.11.17