Remote Kyoto, Japan Published on: 28-07-2016
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Why Kyoto is special ?
Kyoto (formerly known in the West as Meaco) is a city located in the central part of the island of Honshu, Japan.
Kyoto (京都, Kyōto) served as Japan's capital and the emperor's residence from 794 until 1868. It is now the country's seventh largest city with a population of 1.4 million people and a modern face. Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the city today.
What to explore at Kyoto?
There are many interesting attractions in Kyoto. Kyoto offers an incredible number of attractions for tourists, and visitors will probably need to plan an itinerary in advance in order to visit as many as possible.
World Heritage Sites: In 1994, 17 historic sites were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List under the group designation Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Fourteen of the listed sites are in Kyoto itself, two are in the neighbouring city of Uji and one is in Ōtsu.
Imperial Palaces and Villas: Stroll through the regal retreats of the Imperial Palace or one of the two Imperial villas with gardens and tea houses managed by the Imperial Household Agency. These are the Imperial Palace and Sentō Imperial Palace in Central Kyoto, Katsura Imperial Villa in Western Kyoto, and Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Northern Kyoto.
Going to Kyoto, you can see cherry blossoms, Kyoto is arguably the most well known place in the country to view cherry blossoms, and there are certainly no lack of options. On the Official Top 100 cherry blossom spots list, three are in Kyoto (Arashiyama, Daigoji, Ninnaji). Or you can see plum blossoms: Although they are less well-known to foreign tourists, who tend only to focus their attentions on seeing cherry blossoms, for those with plans to visit Kyoto from mid-February through mid-March, plum blossom viewing makes for a great alternative.
Moreover, you can experience many attractive festivals such as Setsubun,
Hanatoro, Cherry Blossom Season and so on.
How to get to Kyoto?
Kyoto is easily reached by car via the Meishin Expressway between Nagoya and Osaka, but you'll definitely want to park your car on the outskirts of the city and use public transport to get around. Most attractions are in places built well before the existence of automobiles, and the availability of parking varies between extremely limited and non-existent. Furthermore, what little parking is available might be outrageously expensive.
As Kyoto is a major city, there are many day and overnight buses which run between Kyoto and other locations throughout Japan, which can be a cheaper alternative than shinkansen fares.
The run between Tokyo and the Kansai region is the busiest in Japan, and fierce competition between bus operators has resulted in better amenities and lower prices. Buses from Tokyo follow either the Tomei Expressway or the Chuo Expressway to Nagoya, then the Meishin Expressway to Kyoto. Trips take approximately 7-9 hours depending on the route and stops.
- Historical place
- Beautiful city
- Great place to learn more past's Japan
- Good experience
- Many food and lots of fun
Tips for you
Look for this resto near the Kyoto station. Established in 1877! Go figure. Cue 30mins. minimum. Get the signature dish on this photo and the mushroom side dish (separate order).
Very surprised by how few visitors were walking around this stunning attraction when we visited. The grounds were immaculate. So quiet and peaceful. The leaves on the trees, especially the maples, were starting to take on their autumn hues, so we had some beautiful photos from Eikan-do. Definitely do yourself a favour and go see it for yourself