Kyoto is one of Japan`s ten largest cities with a population of 1.5 million people and a modern face. It has managed to preserve a historic atmosphere, as it was the only major Japanese city to escape the devastation of WWII.
It is famous for being the residence of the emperor and Japan`s principal cultural center for almost 1,100 years.
Kyoto is home to 17 UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites situated in a cityscape dominated by 2,000 temples and shrines.
You will get inspired by the rich Japanese culture through tea ceremonies, sake brewing. kimono wearing, and more.
Kyoto is also the educational hub of western Japan with several universities and higher educational establishments. Half of all Japanese Nobel Prize winners have been Kyoto researchers.
This tradition of innovation is also the lifeblood of the Kyoto industry which has produced some of the world’s most exciting companies, battery technology, green energy solutions, and numerous inspiring products.
Shrines and Temples
Visiting some of the 2,000 shrines and temples is a must when vising Kyoto.
Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine is the most important shrine in the entire city.
Kennin-Ji was founded in 1202 CE and claimes to be the oldest temple in Kyoto
Kyoto offers a variety of museums devoted to history, arts, crafts, and more.
Some of the museums are Kyoto National Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Railway Museum, and plenty more!
Kyoto offers a rich culinary tradition.
The Pontocho nightlife offers fusion restaurants alongside traditional ones.
The Gion, which is the most famous geisha district, and the Kyoto Station area also offer many interesting opportunities.
In Kyoto, you can find a unique mix of high fashion shops alongside stores selling traditional clothes.
You can shop around Shijo Street, Kyoto Handicraft Center, flea markets, and more.