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Golden pavilion, Kyoto

KYOTO INFORMATION

Suggested itineraries Kyoto tours

On the Temple Trail

JTIO's Kyoto top 10!

Hozugawa River Trip
Peter Macintosh's Gion walking tour
Bamboo forest, Arashiyama
Kyoto Station Building
Kitano Tenmangu temple fair
Kyoto Botanical Gardens
Sannenzaka / Ninnenzaka
Malebranche cake shop
Nijo Jinya
Sanjusangendo Hall

Useful Kyoto Links

Kyoto tourism information system
Kyotoguide.com
Metro planet - Kyoto subway info
Kyoto-web.com


Kyoto - Japan's historical capital

Kyoto is the cultural and historical capital of Japan, with its proliferation of shrines and temples that lie hidden between the concrete constructions of the urban sprawl.

It was home to the Japanese Imperial family from 794 right through to the Meiji restoration of 1868 when the Emperor decided to relocate his family and entourage to the new capital, Tokyo.

Much of what can be seen in Kyoto dates from the Edo period of 1600-1867, earlier constructions having been destroyed during more turbulent times.

For nearly three centuries the city flourished as a centre of religion, culture, politics and economic development. Having been spared the devastating aerial bombardment of WW2 that razed nearly every other important city in Japan, Kyoto is a unique monument to Japan's past.

However, what makes Kyoto especially interesting is the chance to feel the contrasts and contradictions that permeate today's Japanese society; the clash between the hustle and bustle of the modern city and the peaceful serenity of beautiful Zen-gardens; the frantic consumerism that runs so contrary to the minimalism of Japan's Buddhist and Shinto heritage.

The National Museum of Modern Art, one of many museums in the city, is a wonderful chance to see how contemporary artists are interpreting these contrasts. Take some time to explore and Kyoto will offer up countless treats and surprises.



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