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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

  1. A Mysterious Blue Space! Soiree, an Iconic Kyoto Cafe with a Colorful Jelly Punch

    A Mysterious Blue Space! Soiree, an Iconic Kyoto Cafe with a Colorful Jelly Punch

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    2017.03.16

  2. 1. Cat Cafe Nekokaigi

    Let the Animals Heal You! Five Select Animal Cafes in Kyoto

    2017.03.09

  3. 1. Maruyama Park

    Five Recommended Cherry Blossom Spots in Kyoto

    2017.03.09

Kyoto×Food

  1. 1. Grill Ninjin

    Five Select Yoshoku Restaurants in Kyoto

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    2017.03.16

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  2. 1. Cafe KANO

    Four Cafes and Restaurants with Fabulous Views of the Cherry Blossoms!

    2017.03.09

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  3. 1. Sakuramochi from Chikujian

    5 Japanese Confections in Kyoto to Feel the Coming of Spring

    2017.03.02

Kyoto×Shopping

  1. 1. Shoyeido Kunkun

    A line-up of souvenirs only found in Kyoto! 5 Variety Shops Around Kyoto Station

    2017.02.09

  2. 1. Malebranche (Okoicha Langue de Chat, Cha no Ka)

    5 Souvenirs To Buy at JR Kyoto Isetan, Conveniently Connected to JR Kyoto Station

    2017.02.09

  3. 1. PureNail Petit Kyoto Porta Branch

    5 Recommended Nail and Eyelash Extension Salons Around Kyoto Station

    2017.02.02

Kyoto×Hotels

  1. 1. Sasarindou

    The Perfect Spots to Set Up Base For Sightseeing! 5 Recommended Hotels Around Gion, Kyoto

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    2017.03.16

  2. 1. Kyoto Century Hotel

    Five Select Kyoto Hotels for Outstanding Kyo-ryori

    2017.02.09

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  3. 1. Hoshinoya Kyoto

    Five Accommodations Around Arashiyama, Kyoto with High Internet Ratings

    2017.01.05

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

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