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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. 1. Tadasu-no-mori (Shimogamo Shrine)

    Five Recommended Spots in Kyoto with Beautiful Green Maple Trees that will Heal You

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    2017.06.15

  2. Enjoy Kyo Kaiseki in a Terrace on a Mountain Stream

    Enjoy Lunch with a Breeze and Sound of the River in Kifune, Kyoto!

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    2017.06.15

  3. <1> Stroll Around the Charming Gion Geisha District

    【Kyoto Tourism】Gion, Yasaka-dori and Other Top 5 Kyoto Spots to Visit Wearing Kimono

    2017.06.08

Kyoto×Food

  1. <1>Enjoy Five Fabulous Syrups Made by An Experienced Japanese Sweets Shop All in One!

    [Kyoto] The New Kyoto Gourmet Standard: Kyoto's Five Best Kakigori Shaved Ice

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    2017.06.22

  2. Souvenirs and Sweets! Three Top Gourmet Recommendations at KYOTO TOWER SANDO

    Souvenirs and Sweets! Three Top Gourmet Recommendations at KYOTO TOWER SANDO

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    2017.06.15

  3. 1. Uryu Pontocho Branch

    4 Outstanding Restaurants to Enjoy the Summer Kyoto Specialty, "Hamo"

    2017.06.01

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Kyoto×Shopping

  1. Knives from Aritsugu

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

    2017.06.01

  2. 【Kyoto Travel】Buy Them in Kyoto Station! 3 Recommended Kyoto Goods and Cosmetics

    【Kyoto Travel】Buy Them in Kyoto Station! 3 Recommended Kyoto Goods and Cosmetics

    2017.05.25

  3. 1. Kungyokudo

    Be Entranced by Japanese Aromas. Five Select Stores in Kyoto for Lovely Incense and Smelling Sachets

    2017.05.11

Kyoto×Hotels

  1. 1. Kumo Machiya Nijojo

    Couples Love Them! 5 Handpicked Lodging Facilities in Kyoto

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    2017.06.22

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  2. 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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  3. 1. Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo

    5 Ryokan in Kyoto with Beautiful Gardens

    2017.04.13

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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