Located in the central region of Japan, Kyoto is a city steeped in history and tradition. Its origins date back thousands of years, and it once served as the country's capital. While historical sites such as the ancient temples, gardens, and palaces are found throughout the city, Kyoto has also been modernized and serves as headquarters for IT giants like Nintendo and Intelligent Systems. Flights to Osaka are very affordable and visitors will find numerous cheap hotels in Kyoto.
Out and About in Kyoto
Kyoto is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Kamigamo Shrine, To-ji Temple, Kinkaku-ji Temple, and the Nijo Castle. Any of these amazing sites offers a glimpse into the vast history of the city and the Japanese culture. While visiting Kyoto, be sure to stop at one of the city's 140 public baths, especially Funaoka Onsen, which is one of the largest and most popular. Schedule an authentic Buddhist meditation session for an unforgettable experience. You can find many traditional crafts and souvenirs, such as a samurai sword or kimono, near the Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Many of the hotels in Kyoto are conveniently located close to the city's main attractions.
Eating and Drinking
This region of Japan is well-known for its Kaiseki dining. This specialized multi-course dining experience offers traditional Japanese dishes made with fresh ingredients. Other traditional food includes sushi, fish, and suppon nabe (turtle soup). Visitors will also find international restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, including French, Chinese, and Italian. Sake brewing is very popular in Kyoto and sake is available at many local bars and restaurants. Tourists will find a majority of the city's restaurants along the river and near Kawaramachi Station.
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