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jessroche loves Kyōto because it's amazing culture, especially out of the city
monn loves Kyōto because Relaxed atmosphere. Culture, history and interesting shops.
jl loves Kyōto because More down-to-earth than Tokio. Well, of course it is :)
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What is Kyōto
Nestled among mountains in Western Honshu, Kyōto (京都; ) has a reputation worldwide as Japan's most beautiful city. However, visitors may be surprised by how much work they will have to do to see its beautiful side. Most visitors' first impressions will be of the urban sprawl of central Kyoto, around the ultra-modern glass-and-steel train station, which is itself an example of a city steeped in tradition colliding with the modern world.
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Fushimi Inari-taisha | Ginkaku-ji | Heian Jingu | Kinkaku-ji | Kiyomizu-dera | Kyoto Gosho | Tō-ji | ohara
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About Kyōto elsewhere
" Other geographical highlights include Amanohashidate in Kyoto Prefecture and Awaji Island in Hyogo."
"Formerly the imperial capital of Japan ,it is now the capital of Kyoto Prefecture ,as well as a major part of the."
"and fu (?) for the two urban prefectures of Osaka and Kyoto."
"It soon became wide spread in mikan citrus orchards in the prefecture, and in other parts of Japan."
"In 741, Emperor Shomu moved the capital briefly to a place called Kuni-kyo, between the cities of Nara and Kyoto, in present-day Kyoto Prefecture."
To get the real feel of Japan one must stroll through the streets of its former imperial capital, Kyoto.
Very nice around New Year's time - on January 1, Japan's most important religious celebration day. Many women will dress in traditional kimonos then, young and old alike, in a way throwing you back in time into the original setting and feel of shrines and temples in former Japan.
In Kyoto one will find gems on every corner. But if you don't have much time, you shouldn't fail to visit Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, and also Kyoto Station, the futuristic gate into contemporary Kyoto. An interesting and intense read related to the Kyoto scenery is "The Temple of the Golden Pavilion" by Yukio Mishima.
There are many sights to see but to me one sticks out: the Daisen-in Zen Garden surrounding the Daitoku-ji Temple. It's the 3D version of a B&W landscape painting of Chinese origin. It depicts human fate, our relation to nature, and our place in the universe. Just sitting there for a while, gazing out to the stone formations will fill you with absolute serenity and bliss. The temple is closely related to the Japanese tea ceremony. For a small fee visitors are offered an abbreviated but pristine tourist version of such a ceremony. A monk I met there was extremely friendly, well traveled and fun to talk to. All in all that was an amazing place I can only strongly recommend!
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tranta from Finland wrote about Fushimi Inari-taisha 4 years, one month ago
Once you've visited this beautiful shrine, you think the other ones are just smaller copies.
Don't forget to visit the trail up to the mountain to smaller shrines. The path is covered with hundreds and hundreds of torii. At the main temple, on the left side, take the short stairs up and then follow the short stairs on the right. You'll land at the entrance of the beautiful path.
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