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Thursday, July 23, 2015

5 Reasons You Should Be Talking About Visiting Kyoto Japan

5 Reasons You Should Be Talking About Visiting Kyoto Japan

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Did you know Kyoto also spells Tokyo? Which probably explains why Kyoto was once the capital of Japan for more than one thousand years. Now it is known as the city of ten thousand colorful shrines with quiet temples and sublime gardens. Here are 5 reasons why Kyoto, Japan should be next on your bucket list.

 

1. Shrines and temples

There are literally thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines in Kyoto. It’s great fun to take in the breathtaking scenery for each season and view the beautiful architectural structures. You can take a moment to learn the correct way to pray and also enjoy a casual trip to some of these wonderful places.

 

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2. Museums

Art galleries, museums, and architectural masterpieces are just some of the unique sightseeing destinations in the culturally rich city of Kyoto.

 

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3. Entertainment and tourist attractions

Traditional Theater such as performances of Maiko and Noh dramas which originated in Kyoto. You can also learn about Kabuki, a traditional Japanese stage drama, and Nihon Buyo, a traditional form of Japanese dance. Please enjoy the beauty of Japanese theater in elegant indoor facilities.

 

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4. Food culture

Kyoto, as the capital of Japan for over 1200 years, was the kitchen of the Imperial Court. Top-ranking nobles inherited a multitude of refined cuisines, including specialties unique to Kyoto such as elegant “Kyo-kaiseki-ryori,” vegetarian-friendly “Shojin-ryori”, and “Obanzai” for everyday dining.

 

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5. Events

Kyoto is full of cultural, artistic, and nature related events throughout the year. Here are some fun upcoming events:

  1. Kyo no Tanabata, August 1, 2015 – August 10, 2015 
  2. Gozan no Okuribi (Mountain Bon Fire), August 16, 2015
  3. Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair, September 19 – 20, 2015
  4. Kurama no Himatsuri (Fire Festival), October 22, 2015
  5. Jidai-Matsuri Festival, October 22, 2015
  6. Autumn Foliage, November 2015
  7. Arashiyama Hanatouro, December 11, 2015 – December 20, 2015 
  8. Jyoya no Kane (Omisoka New Year’s Eve), December 2015
 

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To plan your next trip to Kyoto, Japan visit here

Over to you

Ever traveled to Kyoto before? Or anywhere in Japan? What was your most memorable adventure? How long has Japan been on your bucket list? What are your top must-see and things to do? Share your advice and thoughts in the comments below. 

Posted By Jacquelyn McMullen at 12:00 PM
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