There are many reasons why you should visit the city of Kyoto, and these are the Top 6 Reasons to Visit Kyoto with a lot of visual encouragement for you.
Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years, from 794 through until 1869. Kyoto is a highly historic and cultural center. The temples abound, the Shinto Shrines are all around, and Kyoto oozes total charm. The people are welcoming, the food is outstanding, and the city just continues to beckon travelers from afar. Kyoto is a place of quiet temples, sublime gardens, colorful shrines and geisha are walking the streets.
Etiquette when Visiting Japan
Before going to Japan it pays to understand the culture and the etiquette you should observe as visitors. Read about it here.
Top 6 Reasons to Visit Kyoto
1. Temples and Architecture
There are 1,600 Zen, Shinto, and Buddhist temples and shrines, in Kyoto. The most impressive temples are in the Higashiyama district. Always crowded but always worth it, is the Kiyomizu Dera Temple. It would be remiss to miss Kinkakuji – The Golden Pavilion and Fushimi Inari-Taisha. It is lovely trek to the top of the hill to one of the most photographed shrines in Kyoto. Make sure you have a good selection of cameras to capture the beauty of the temples and of Kyoto.
2. Gardens and Forests and Cherry Blossoms
In Arashiyama, you can find the famous Sagano Bamboo Forest, which is quite ethereal. Beautiful gardens are to be found everywhere in Kyoto. Kyoto is famous for its cherry blossoms, which are best seen in April. Some of the best spots to see this visual display are Philosopher’s Path, Maruyama Park, Arashiyama and Heian Shrine, but wherever you go, you will be astounded at the beauty of the Cherry Blossom season in Kyoto.
3. Sake and Food
In Japan, the preferred word for rice wine or sake is “Nihonshu,” which is one of the things we learned on our visit to the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum. Hear and experience the history of the traditional Japanese dish we know as sake.We had already learned how to drink sake correctly when we were in Nozawa Onsen, and if you want to know the correct etiquette, just read her. Address: 247 Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City
Food abounds everywhere in Kyoto, and the food belt of the city is the Nishiki Market, where the food tastes amazing, but better still, it looks amazing. Kyoto take great pride in everything that they do. Okonomiyake is a speciality in Kyoto, as it is in Nozawa Onsen where we ski.
This is all about the celebration of Japan’s former imperial capital, Kyoto. The Gion Matsuri is Kyoto’s biggest annual festival, and the Jidai Matsuri Festival is the festival of the ages, occurring every year on October 22nd. The festival features some 2500 people wearing costumes ranging from the 8th to the 19th-century parade. The parade goes from the Imperial Palace to the Heian-jingu shrine.
5. Exploring Gion
At the heart of Kyoto lies Gion, the city’s most famous entertainment district and the center of its traditional arts.Gion is Kyoto’s most famous geiko (geisha) district, and a very popular place with tourists for good reason.Make sure to explore the old streets and admire the traditional Japanese wooden houses, called machiya.
6. Kyoto at Night
Kyoto is enchanting at night, It is a safe city to walk around and capture the ethereal glow of the lights.
These are the Top 6 Reasons to Visit Kyoto.