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About Kyoto

Kyoto was Japan’s ancient capital and remains the country’s cultural heart. Kimono-wearing locals are regularly seen around town. In the central city, visitors are drawn to Kyoto Tower, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nishiki-Tenmangu Shrine, and Seimei Shrine. To the northeast in the famous Arashiyama area is Tenryu-ji temple and the glorious bamboo forest. This is a great place to view the cherry blossoms and the fall foliage. Finally, don’t miss Uji to the south, or beautiful Amanohashidate to the north.

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Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple is an ancient temple in Kyoto and was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site in 1994. The veranda of the temple suspended over the moutain is a national treasure of Japan. It is surrounded by green trees and is full of cherry blossoms in spring. In autumn, the red maple leaves is another attraction. It is equivalent to Kinkaku-jiand Arashiyama, and is a famous historical site in Kyoto. The pilgrims or visiting tourists who come to worship year round come in non-stop.
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Kinkaku-ji is an ancient Japanese temple in Kyoto. Completed in 1397, it originally served as the villa of shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, but was later transformed into a Zen Buddhist temple. Originally named Rokuon-ji (literally "Deer Garden Temple"), it is also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion owing to the gold foil that the outside of the building is wrapped in. In addition to being a famous tourist attraction, Kinkaku-ji has also been designated as a National Treasure by the Japanese government and is a symbol of Kyoto.
Nijo Castle
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Historical Architecture
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Once the acting residence of the Tokugawa shoguns while in Kyoto, Nijo Castle is also serves as a symbol of the power of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The castle is surrounded by high walls and a moat, with the inside rooms connected by a corridor installed with the famous "nightingale floors". These floors were designed to make a chirping sound when walked upon so as to prevent intruding assassins at night. The castle opens in the evening during cherry blossom season, attracting flocks of visitors to view the magnificent cherry blossom trees.
Fushimi Inari Taisha
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Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the oldest shrines in Kyoto. People come to worship Inari Okami, the god harvest and commercial success. The Torii leading to the main shrine is a famous landscape of this shrine. This long and endless pathway is arranged from the foot of the mountain to the top of the mountain. It is one of the representative landscapes of Kyoto and has appeared in the movie “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Because the fox is regarded as the messenger of the Inari Okami, the fox-faced shaped emas are a major feature here.

Trip Moments

The most anticipated expectation of traveling to Japan is the kimono experience. After three times of kimonos, each time I look forward to it as I wear it for the first time. kimono rental was booked online before departure, we booked two kimono stores, first and Okamoto. About the comparison between the two, Okamoto's kimono is relatively small and fresh, it is my favorite style, first has makeup service and has Chinese service, I also tend to do not make up. Okamoto also took the kimono earlier, and the first time the kimono will be later. About the choice of kimono: 1, I went to Japan for the first time to reserve a kimono for two days. The color of the day is light, and the color of the day is dark. I like both upper body and upper body. It is a red kimono, but the big red upper body is really good. 2, the waist with an embellishment, can make the store staff give advice. 3, In addition to the belt, the bag is also very important, the appointment time is recommended earlier, otherwise there are few choices when wearing the makeup package. About the photo: The little friends who go with me will take pictures. We have 70-200 and 24-70 lenses. I have to say that the telephoto effect is really good, especially for tourists. The place, the telephoto is close to the close-up. It is recommended to use a large aperture lens and the portrait is very beautiful. Wear tips: When wearing a kimono, don't inhale, no more than a few hours will be uncomfortable, even the rice can not eat. About the price: about 400rmb each time
Posted: Dec 15, 2018