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Kyoto Travel Blog

Don't miss these beautiful spots in Kyoto. Visit scenic temples, shrines, gardens, and historic structures perfect for travelers hoping to get a glimpse of Old Japan.
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Kyoto Travel Guide

If there’s only one place you should visit in Japan, it has to be Kyoto. Kyoto is a must-see destination for travelers hoping to get a glimpse of the traditional side of Japan. This city once served as the country's capital for over 1,000 years. Today, it is famed for its scenic temples, shrines, gardens, and historic structures including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Kyoto is modern yet still deeply influenced by traditional culture. It is famous for its sacred temples, shrines, and serene zen gardens including the Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillion) and the Kiyomizu-dera. In Higashiyama district, you can walk along narrow lanes lined with wooden shophouses. Gion is the place to spot a geisha. Venture to the western outskirts to see the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Forest.

For travelers coming from outside Japan, the best way to reach Kyoto is by taking a flight to Osaka-Kansai International Airport (KIX).

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Where to stay in Kyoto

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