Kyoto Overview
What To See And Do
Himeyi Castle
Golden Pavillion
Heian Shrine
Maiko Dance
Tea Ceremony
Kiyomizi Temple
 
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Seoul
Hong Kong
Bangkok
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Japan, "The Land of the Rising Sun,? is an undisputed paradise of Southeast Asia.  Kyoto is the cradle of this country?s historical inheritance.  Nestled by mountains in the central valley of the island of Honshu, the city of Kyoto was the Imperial Capital of Japan for most of its history dating back as far as the 6th century.  With more than 1600 Buddhist temples, over 400 Shinto shrines and 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it is one of the world?s most culturally rich cities.
Kyoto is a stunning city, but it will take a bit of persistence to discover the hidden beauty within its temples, parks, palaces and shrines spread out over the various districts.  One of the city?s most visited sites is the Kinkaku-ji Temple of the Golden Pavillion, the former residence of a retired shogun that was converted into a Zen Buddhist Sanctuary.  Kyoto was one of the few Japanese cities that escaped World War II bombings and as a result it still has an abundance of magnificent prewar buildings.
The district of Gion is comprised of picturesque streets defined by wooden buildings and teahouses.  It is the last geisha district left in Japan where visitors can get a glimpse of a geisha dressed in an exquisite kimono, shuffling in between teahouses.  Gourmands will delight in Gion?s Kyo-ryori Cuisine, which is to be experienced by all of one?s senses.   The gastronomy is considered the pinnacle of sophistication, combining natural visual beauty, subtle taste and restraint.  It includes aspects of ikebana (flower arrangement) and sado (tea ceremony).
Kyoto is where you will find the Japan of your imagination.  Consider combing your visit to Japan?s cultural paragon, with other exciting locations such as Mount Fuji, Tokyo and Osaka.