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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. Hosen-in

    Take a Break With a View of the Garden: Five Temples in Kyoto Where You Can Have Matcha and Wagashi Sweets

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    2017.04.27

  2. [The Most Popular Kyoto Activity!] Report on the Activity Everyone Wants to Do Once, Dressing Up Like a Maiko

    [The Most Popular Kyoto Activity!] Report on the Activity Everyone Wants to Do Once, Dressing Up Like a Maiko

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    2017.04.27

  3. 55 Standard Kyoto Souvenir Shops and New Stores! KYOTO TOWER SANDO All Set to Open in Front of Kyoto Station

    55 Standard Kyoto Souvenir Shops and New Stores! KYOTO TOWER SANDO All Set to Open in Front of Kyoto Station

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    2017.04.20

Kyoto×Food

  1. 1. Kyoto Kaiseki Yakiniku HIRO Yasaka-Tei

    5 Popular Yakiniku Restaurants in Kyoto

    2017.04.06

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  2. 1. Karasuma Dining Premium Hyaku

    Super Cost Efficient! Select Kyoto Izakaya Under 1,000 JPY

    2017.03.27

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

  3. 1. Grill Ninjin

    Five Select Yoshoku Restaurants in Kyoto

    2017.03.16

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

Kyoto×Shopping

  1. 1. SOU・SOU Ise Momen

    Elegant and Charming Designs! Five Select Stores in Kyoto for Tenugui and Furoshiki

    2017.03.30

  2. 1. Shoyeido Kunkun

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

    2017.02.09

  3. 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

Kyoto×Hotels

  1. 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

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    2017.04.27

    Booking.com

  2. 1. Kyoto Garden Ryokan Yachiyo

    5 Ryokan in Kyoto with Beautiful Gardens

    2017.04.13

    Booking.com

  3. 1. Sasarindou

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

    2017.03.16

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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