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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. What is the Art Aquarium?

    Enjoy the Art Aquarium that Paints Kyoto's Nights in Vibrant Colors

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    2017.10.19

  2. 1. Kitano Tenmangu

    Top 5 Spots in Kyoto to Visit During the Morning to Avoid Big Crowds

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    2017.10.12

  3. Marvel at the Village Beyond the Bamboo Forest! A Short Break That Will Make You Forget the Time

    【Kyoto Sightseeing 】Beautiful Gardens and Matcha! Handpicked Temples in Kyoto’s Ohara District for a Quiet Reprieve

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    2017.10.12

Kyoto×Food

  1. 1. Saryo Hassui

    Try Exquisite Traditional Japanese Sweets! Top 5 Japanese Confectionery Shops in Kyoto

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    2017.10.19

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  2. What is Nishiki Market?

    An Eating Tour of Nishiki Market, Kyoto’s Kitchen!

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    2017.10.12

  3. 1. Tempura Endo Okazaki

    Enjoy Fall Gourmet! Five Recommended Restaurants in Kyoto

    2017.08.31

    Photo by Gurunavi, Inc.

Kyoto×Shopping

  1. 【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

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    2017.10.12

  2. (1) Fukiyose (970 JPY for 5 Rakugan and Konpeito) by UCHU wagashi

    Sure to Be a Hit! Six Cool Souvenirs that Embody the Essence of Kyoto

    2017.09.14

  3. 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

Kyoto×Hotels

  1. 1. Matsubaya Ryokan

    Top 5 Traditional Inns in the Kyoto Area That Are Easily Accessible

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    2017.10.12

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  2. 1. Kyoto Knot Vacation House

    Feels Like Home! Five Villa-Style Accommodations in Kyoto

    2017.06.29

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  3. 1. Kumo Machiya Nijojo

    Couples Love Them! 5 Handpicked Lodging Facilities in Kyoto

    2017.06.22

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Kyoto×Tips & Manners

  1. What Kind of Place is Kyoto?

    Good to Know Before You Visit! Basic Knowledge on Kyoto

    2017.09.21

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

    Use Them Wisely! Five Travel Tickets Convenient for Seeing Kyoto

    2017.01.19

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

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

    2016.12.21