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About Kyoto:
Kyoto (京都, Kyōto) served as Japan’s capital and the emperor’s residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country’s seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face. Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.

Why you should visit Kyoto?

1. Temples and Architecture
Let’s start with the obvious: The first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Kyoto is probably “temples” – lots of temples actually. With about 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines there is a good chance that this might be enough for your whole vacation. So if you visit Japan to see temples you have come to the right place. In the temples it’s often possible to attend a tea ceremony so don’t miss this opportunity if you like green tea.

2. Landscape
The landscape in places like the Higashiyama district is so spectacular that it’s almost unreal. I was lucky enough to visit this area on a perfect, sunny day and it looked like straight from a fairytale.

Arashiyama is famous for the bamboo forest and besides Higashiyama this will be a place you don’t want to miss either. The two days I spent in the Higashiyama district were the most memorable ones of my trip to Japan and that says a lot.

3. Shopping and Downtown
Besides the traditional temples and the beutiful landscape Kyoto offers a nice shopping district where you can find lots of cute things and interesting food. In the main street Kawaramachi there’s nearly nothing you can’t find and if you want proof that Japanese people react a little sensitive to alcohol you can see some of it here later in the evening. 😉

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