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Kyoto Travel Guide

by our Japan expert Honor Dargan
 
Honor DarganThe ancient capital of Imperial Japan, Kyoto could not offer a greater contrast to the densely packed hubbub of its ultra-modern replacement Tokyo. A tranquil, incredibly beautiful city, full of temples, shrines and Buddhist monasteries, where you can simply sit and contemplate an exquisite Japanese garden - incredibly relaxing. The old Imperial Palace is superb (note the ‘creaking wooden floor’, built that way as a medieval intruder alarm) and the Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) that overlooks a lake is an urban delight. Always pleasant, Kyoto is quite amazing in April during ‘cherry blossom time’ when the entire city seems drenched in shades of pink, turning to rose ‘snow’ as the month comes to an end. If you miss this, go for the Autumn colours in December - astonishing! Try to spend some nights in a traditional ‘ryokan’ - great food and a futon is surprisingly comfortable. Get around by bus, subway, or taxi, but a good tip is always to carry a card with your hotel/guesthouse address on, as taxi-drivers just may not follow your attempts at Japanese!
 

360 Tour of Enryaku-ji - entrance to Kompon Chu-do temple


Japan Facts

National Flag: Japanese Flag
Language(s): Japanese
Currency: Japanese Yen
Dialling Code: +81
Time Zone: GMT + 2
Tourism Website:
http://www.jnto.go.jp

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