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Kyoto Travel Guide 







Culture & History

Kyoto was Japan’s capital and an emperor’s residence from 794 to 1874.

Now it is the country’s seventh largest city with the population of 1.4 million people and a modern face.

Over the centuries, Japan was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was not chosen as a target of air raids during World War 2 countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.


Figure 1--Kinkakuji


Place of Interest

o                   Kinkakuji                      Temple of the Golden Pavilion – actually covered gold

o                   Ginkakuji                     Temple of the Silver Pavilion – not actually covered silver

o                   Sanjusangendou          Hall exhibiting 1001 Kannon statures

o                   Kiyomizudera               Temple famous for its large terrace

o                   Ryoanji                        Zen temple in northwestern Kyoto.  Its main attraction is a rock garden. 



Figure 1--Ginkakuji



o                   Omen                           Nourishing Noodles

o                   Tagoto Meigetu-an       Kyoto cuisine

o                   Kushi Tanaka               Taste treat on a stick

o                   Takuma                        Good value traditional fare

o                   Tujiri                            Japanese sweets



Figure 3--Kiyomizudera




Kyoto City Web


The Kyoto News


Figure 4—Japanese Noodle

Kyoto National Museum