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About Kyoto

Kyoto is an ancient city with over a thousand years of history. Before the Meiji Emperor moved the capital to Tokyo, it was the traditional home of the Japanese royal family. After thousands of years, from legends of ghosts and gods to history and culture, the air and atmosphere in Kyoto is filled with a great mystical charm. When Kyoto was constructed, its street layout and architecture was influenced by the style of Chang’an, and it still retains the same ancient charm. In the Higashiyama District, temples, shrines and altars embody the spiritual side to Kyoto, while the area around Arashiyama carries a classical and elegant atmosphere. No visit to Kyoto would be complete without a taste of traditional delicacies, a stroll along the flowered paths, or a fascinating geisha show.

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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.
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The area along the Kurokawa River, which flows through the western part of Kyoto City, is known as Arashiyama, and is a famous tourist attraction in Kyoto. Arashiyama has be the subject of many poems since ancient times. The cherry blossoms in spring and the red maple in autumn are famous sights. The beautiful scenery of the wild bamboo forest also reveals the unique charm of Kyoto. There are many famous temples and shrines scattered in the scenic area. The Katsuragawa and Togetsukyo Bridges starkly contrast with the mountains that stand behind them.
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.

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Ryokan Kyoto: Best 15 Japanese Traditional Inn in Kyoto
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Ryokan is a traditional inn that takes guest experiences very seriously. The beautiful bamboo cottages of the ryokan kyoto, combined with multi-course Kaiseki meals and luxurious spas all carved in traditional Japanese style, are a great way to make yourself feel welcome in the country. At ryokan’s, you are provided with futons placed on traditional tatami mats for sleeping, making it an exclusive experience all in all. The great thing about staying at ryokan Kyoto is that you get accustomed to traditional practices such as feeling comfortable walking around barefoot within the premises. To make you feel at home, ryokans provide a robe known as yukata to change into. Here is the top best ryokan in Kyoto.
TripBlog   Mar 31, 2020
Coronavirus Travel Restrictions in Japan and Attractions Closure (Updated 2020 March)
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Japan government has made more strict travel restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, including quarantining visitors from China and South Korea. According to WHO, more than 300 people have been tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan as of Mar 6th.
TripBlog   Mar 9, 2020
Summer Vacation Ideas in Japan: Fireworks Festival
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Summer Kansai Fireworks Festival is something you cannot miss in your summer vacation in Japan. Wearing a yukata and holding moon-shaped fans to attend the fireworks festival has become a part of Japan's poetic summer scenery. We have to mention Kansai when talking about fireworks festivals. Each place has its own characteristics. It is a really unique experience when appreciating the fireworks exploding in the sky. Have you decided where to go watch fireworks in Japan this summer?
TripBlog   Mar 2, 2020

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Kyoto Transportation

Flights :There is no airport in Kyoto. Most people will commute from Kansai International Airport in Osaka, and followed by taking the JR electric train and shuttle buses to Kyoto and the journey will take about 90 minutes.

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Best Experience in Kyoto

Highlights of Kyoto includes the visiting the spectacular Shinto temples, beautiful and yet elegant courtyard scenery and dances and singing by gorgeous Geisha. The rustic and antiquated feel of the place creates in Kyoto a placid and soothing environment.

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Helpful Information about Kyoto
Time Zone
UTC +9
Peak Season
March-April, September-November
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Emergency Phone Numbers
Police:110,Fire, Ambulance:119

Kyoto Weather

Sep 25, 2020
20 °
Sep 26, 2020
Sep 27, 2020
Mostly Sunny
Sep 28, 2020
Mostly Sunny
Weather Forecast and Travel Tips for Kyoto
Sep 25, 2020 Kyoto Weather:Clouds, Northeasterly Wind:0-10 kph, Humidity:89%, Sunrise/Sunset:05:47/17:49
Kyoto Driving:Suitable, Running:Not Recommended, Cycling:Not Recommended
Kyoto is suitable for year round travel, especially in spring where the weather is especially mild. The climate from March to April is warm is warm and conducive for going outdoors, and is the best time to enjoy the Sakura season. May to August comes the summer where the air is comparatively hotter. June and July is the wet spell and the weather becomes hot and humid. Autumn from mid-November to December is when forest and leaves turns red and it is rather breathtaking. Winter here is wet and cold and when it snows, Kyoto is especially beautiful.

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I recommended Kamo River, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Eizan Railway Momiji Tunnnel, Mt. Kurama, Mt. Daimonji.
Here are the absolute best restaurants in Kyoto: Hyoutei, Mishimatei, Shouraian, Nakamura, Yamamotomenzo.
Here are the best places to visit in Kyoto, including: Gion, Hanamikoji, Kyoto Tower, Sanjusangen-do Temple, Ginkakuji.