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

  2. Four Must-Visit Retro & Japanese-Style Cafes in Kyoto

  3. 5 Shopping Spots You Want to Go to In Kyoto

  4. 6 Elegant Kyoto souvenirs that even Japanese rush to buy

  5. 5 Must-Try Bakeries in Kyoto

  6. 5 Morning Sets You’ll Want to Eat in Kyoto

  7. Top 5 Kimono/Yukata Rental Shops in Kyoto

  8. 5 Modern Retro Cafes in Kyoto

  9. 5 Selected Bus Tours in Kyoto

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


  1. 1. Kiyomizu-dera Temple

    【2018 Edition】 Must-See in Kyoto! Top 10 Photogenic Cherry Blossom Spots



  2. Philosopher's Walk - Just as Beautiful When the Blossoms Fall

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



  3. 1. Shokokuji Special Spring Visit

    Don't Miss Out! Five Temples Open for Special Viewings in the Spring of 2018



  1. 1. Samasama Otesuji Branch

    Five Popular Izakaya to Go To in the Fushimi Area of Kyoto



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  2. 1. Shabuzen Kyoto Gion Shop

    If You’re Visiting Kyoto, These Shops Are Recommended! 5 Famous Shabu-Shabu Restaurants



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  3. A Gift from the Ryugu Stuffed in a Paulownia Box

    【Kyoto/Osaka】 Top 3 Matcha Green Tea Sweets Using Tea from Enduring Tea Stores



  1. 1. Eirakuya Main Branch

    Perfect as Souvenirs! Top 5 Japanese-Patterned Fashion and Item Brands in Kyoto


  2. 1.  Ito Kumihimoten's Strings

    Top 5 Traditional Crafts from Kyoto that You Must Get Your Hands On


  3. 【Matcha Love】Taste Test Report On New Spots! Top 4 Best-Selling Matcha Souvenirs at KYOTO TOWER SANDO

    【Matcha Love】Taste Test Report On New Spots! Top 4 Best-Selling Matcha Souvenirs at KYOTO TOWER SANDO



  1. 1. Miro Shichijo Hanabatake Tei

    Highly Rated on Social Media Sites! Five Select Vacation Rentals Near Kyoto Station




  2. 1. Guesthouse GOMA (Kyotamba City)

    Perfect as a Sightseeing Base in Northern Kyoto! Top 5 Popular Lodging Facilities in the Tamba Area



  3. 1. Kyogura Tofukuji

    Five Great Serviced Apartments in the Higashiyama Area of Kyoto



Kyoto×Tips & Manners

  1. What is Nijo Castle?

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


  2. Overview of Kyo Ryori

    What is Kyo Ryori, Commonly Seen in Kyoto?


  3. What is a Maiko?

    Learn About Maiko From Kyoto's Hanamachi!



  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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