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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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Temple
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.
Kinkaku-ji
4.6/5
2,436 Reviews
Temple
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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1,228 Reviews
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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1,800 Reviews
Temple
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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deany   
Posted: 26 Nov, 2018
Sicilia_Yuan   
Sakura season Kyoto is the most worthy of punching photos super nice sights Figure 1 , 2 , 3 , is only in Kyoto. Directions: Take the Hankyu Line and get off at Kawaramachi Station, then walk along the Shijo-dori to the east for about 7 minutes. In Kyoto only, you can stroll through the centuries-old flower path and pass by the hurrying tourists. The whole of Kyoto seems to be only the fragrance of cherry blossoms. Fig. 4, 5, is the temple. Directions: Take the Keihan bus and get off at Sanshokan Station; or take the subway and get off at the station for about 10 minutes. It is said that the temple is the best in the autumn, and I didnt expect the cherry blossoms of the temple to be opened. It is not as crowded as the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, but local people are more common. Fig. 6, 7, is the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Route: Yasaka Shrine Erlian Sanliantun Qingshui Temple is a scenic line. It is worthwhile to open the state of the runaway for half a day to stroll. During the cherry blossom season, the scenery along the way is very good. Fig. 8, 9, is Okayama Park. Route: Okayama Park and Yasaka Shrine are very close, so you can go to the Yasaka Shrine all the way, just a few minutes walk. If you are coming from other places, take the Hankyu train and get off at Dongshan Subway Station, and walk for 10 minutes. Although it is a great thing to see cherry blossoms during the day, I am used to the cherry blossoms during the day, and occasionally the cherry blossoms at night are also unique. At night, Okayama Park has a warm yellow light, and you can see the dreamlike night cherry style.
Posted: 18 Apr, 2019
Rebecca-Rui   
Posted: 12 Mar, 2017

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Amazing Places to See Cherry Blossoms in Japan!
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Spring is a time of rebirth. A time to cast off winter’s embrace. In Japan, spring heralds the coming cherry blossoms. For what seems like a fleeting instance, cherry trees flower in exquisitely delicate shades of white and pink. The soft colors signal promising times ahead. Some spend their entire lives chasing the bloom, looking for that perfect flower. For travelers aspiring to catch a glimpse of the annual miracle, this short article offers some background and suggests a few places to visit.
Dannyboi   13 May, 2019
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Japan: A Traveler's Guide to Tokyo and Kyoto
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Even Tokyo where neon lights cast futuristic shadows and digital billboards advertise the latest gadgets, even there you will find Japan’s classic character. Restaurants with exquisite handwritten menus, kimono-wearing shoppers searching for festival gifts, historic facades tucked amongst steel and glass. All of this comes together to create modern Japan. See where ancient opera still graces the stage, where flower festivals and tea ceremonies are enthusiastically passed down through the generations, and where the new world blends seamlessly into the old.
Opps-Snow   13 May, 2019
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