Kyoto Travel Guide 京都
Find all you need to know about Kyoto, Japan's ancient capital and treasure house of Japanese culture.
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Kyoto was historically divided in distinct areas; Rakuchu, which is the ancient city center with many of Kyoto's main tourist sights including the Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle; Higashiyama, the area of gentle hills on the east side of the city where many of Kyoto's famous temples are located such as Ginkakuji, Kiyomizudera and Nanzenji; Rakuhoku, the area around Mt Hiei in the north east of the city, thought to be an area haunted by evil spirits; Rakusai, in the west was the summer resort of the court and nobility includes Myoshinji Temple and Ninnaji; Rakunan, the south of the city, famous for its sake production and tea fields.
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Kyoto Cuisine & What's On
Kyoto's traditional cuisine includes the elaborate kaiseki ryori and the vegetarian shojin ryori often served in and around Zen temples.
Kyoto has well over a thousand temples with some of them the most famous and iconic temples in Japan including Kinkakuji, Ryoanji and Ginkakuji.
Kyoto's famous Shinto shrines include Heian Shrine, Fushimi Inari and the ancient shrines of Kamigamo and Shimogamo.
Kyoto museums include museums dedicated to Kyoto's traditional arts and crafts as well as more modern museums such as the International Manga Museum and Ritsumeikan's Peace Museum.
Recommended Reading on Kyoto
Two of Diane Durston's books on Kyoto make for a great introduction to the city: Old Kyoto: The Updated Guide to Traditional Shops, Restaurants, and Inns and Kyoto: Seven Paths to the Heart of the City.
Also recommended are The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto by Masaaki Ono, Seeing Kyoto by Juliet Winter Carpenter and for the historical background to the sights Kyoto: A Cultural History by John Dougill.