Explore Kyoto: Japan’s Old Capital


Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years before it moved to Tokyo in the mid 19th century. Its rich history and culture saturates the city, even as high rises and new developments continue to emerge. A portion of the city is reminiscent of the Industrial Revolution that swept over Japan in the 1800s. Dig deeper and you’ll find much older neighborhoods – houses with wooden walls, thatched roofs and tiny, tiny doors (it’s been said that people in the olden days were much shorter and smaller).

One of the best things about Kyoto is its close proximity to a plethora of world-famous tourist destinations, including Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Nara and Arashiyama. These places are accessible by train or bus.

Inside the City: Temples, Castles, Shopping

There are over 1600 temples in Kyoto alone. Add a couple of castles, historical neighborhoods, a vibrant shopping scene, and you’ve got…

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