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  • KyotoPro 2014
    Leigh Virkus
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    5 Jul 30, 2014

    This is a mid-size city considered the cultural capital of Japan with over 2000 temples and shrines and the best cherry blossoms. Easy enough to walk to many of the nice areas and during cherry blossom time absolutely the best place to go. Nice walking areas and covered shopping arcades. You will also see women in the traditional kimono dress as it is popular in this area.

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    Matthew Crompton
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    5 Jul 26, 2014

    Crown jewel of the Japanese tourism scene, Kyoto is above all known as a city of temples, but that's really only the beginning of what it has to offer. Spend a day or two hopping between wonders like the stunning Kiyomizudera temple and the Fushimi Inari shrine, but don't neglect a wander up Hiei-zan (a mountain in the city's north), or an evening of geisha-spotting and haute kaiseki cuisine in the precincts of Gion. Kyoto has a fabulous public transit system, but you'll find - weather permitting - that a bicycle is perhaps the best way to get around here.

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    Irah
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    5 Jul 12, 2014

    kyoto have lotsa places that you should visit and 2 days are really not enough. so i would suggest you spend another day in kyoto where you can visit the kinkakuji and ginkakuji, arashiyama bamboo, nishiki market, kiyomizu dera.

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    Raymond Patrick
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    5 May 30, 2014

    One of the most beautiful and mysterious cities you will visit. Great night life. Truly an amazing place. I was just there less than a month ago shooting for a client and fell in love all over again.

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    Elvira Vanag
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    5 May 26, 2014

    Being Japan’s capital city in the past for over thousand years, Kyoto has a lot of cultural and historical sites (many of them being on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage sites). Temples, shrines, palaces, gardens, old and new architecture, museums, restaurants, traditional culture and much more makes this city a must-see in Japan, especially on your first visit. Traditional Kyoto is so much different from modern Tokyo – visiting both cities gives good introduction of life in Japan.
    Excellent public transportation allows for fairly easy sightseeing (after you figured out how it works). It’s convenient to stay at a hotel near the Kyoto Station – you can easily get anywhere by trains and busses that depart from there.

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  • KyotoPro 2014
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    5 Apr 28, 2014

    Loved Kyoto! There is so much to do there and with such variety. I would have to say I liked it even better than Tokyo and I was glad I chose to spend an entire week there. There is so much to see everything from traditional Japan to modern. I recommend people base there trips out of Kyoto and focus as more of their time here. Kyoto has a sampling of pretty much everything Japanese all in one location.

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    Sara Benson
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    5 Apr 24, 2014

    A beautiful, timeless city whose temples and other national treasures were spared from Allied bombing during WWII. This is the city in Japan that I return to time and again, and for anyone interested in Japan's traditional culture, it's a must-see. Rent a bicycle and pedal (or walk) between temples that encircle the city, stopping to meditate in Zen rock gardens and take tea. If you're visiting during the spring cherry-blossom season, try to get tickets to see the maiko (apprentice geisha) dance recitals in the old 'floating world' entertainment district.

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    Laurel W
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    4 Jan 11, 2014

    Kyoto feels different than Tokyo. Somehow it is still high tech, busy and commercial, yet many areas look more traditional and imparts an aura of serenity.

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    5 Jan 05, 2014

    One of the world's truly special and distinctive cities. If you haven't visited Kyoto, you haven't visited Japan. Tokyo may win for urban hipness and nightlife but Kyoto is the place to rediscover old Japan. If you want a shot at serenity, avoid Kyoto during peak Japanese holiday periods.

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    Baxter Jackson
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    4 Oct 25, 2013

    Kyoto made me feel like I was in James Clavell's Shogun. Ok, I was a kid back then, way into karate, had just read Shogun and had an imagination that I let run wild but in Kyoto you don't really need any of the above to get that feeling of stepping into old Japan especially if you stay at a ryokan, a traditional Japanese inn as we did. Nijo Castle (where the Shogun used to live), the Imperial Palace and Gion, Kyoto's geisha district were the highlights for me.

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    海空青
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    5 Sep 15, 2013

    If you would like to see the old time Japan, going to Kyoto may be something you would like to consider. From Tokyo, it is about 3 hours by bullet train and cost about $140 one way. (You might want to consider getting the Japan Rail Pass for cost effective travel by train: http://www.japanrailpass.net/) It is a great city for history lovers, foodies, and the Japanese culture enthusiast. There are places that you can try out Maiko and Geisha outfits and walk around town. My personal favorite places around Kyoto is Nishiki Market, Ponto-cho, Fushimi Inari Temple... I have so much!! Depending on the season, you may be able to enjoy the cherry blossoms or the colored leaves.

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  • KyotoPro 2014
    Wanugee
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    4 Jun 22, 2013

    The ancient Japanese Capital and Cultural heritage center has much history, beauty and grace amidst its modern hustle and bustle. Deep traditions still linger in pocket through the area, with temples, historic sites, and fascinating customer and rituals still found here. Well known through the centuries for its refined clothing and imperial culture.

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  • KyotoPro 2014
    Stephen Bugno
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    5 May 07, 2013

    Japan's cultural and spiritual heart, Kyoto is filled with old temples and other sites. It is packed with tourists, but that shouldn't discourage you from visiting. There is enough to see and do to take up several days here.

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    panda
    3 Apr 19, 2013

    The little brother in Japan to Tokyo, the city is entirely less hectic and definitely more laid back. Strangely enough there is no metro system, but rather a very useful system of buses that gets you pretty easily around.

    The Nijo castle is one of the premier attractions if you are interested in Japanese history, and lets be honest who isn't interested in Samurai and Ninjas?

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    Hugo Siswanto
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    2 Apr 07, 2013

    Not really my favorite destination. Recommended for traveler who enjoys gardening as there are a lot of temples with good gardens.

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    Yuri Naru
    5 Mar 27, 2013

    Great food and architecture. Ponto street and philosopher road is must to visit. Kiyomizu temple are also nice. Don't forget to visit Arashiyama. If you get hungry stroll around " Nishiki-market" they have " rice boutique" You can pick any variety of rice and make your rice ball with Nori. If you want to see geisha girls go to " gion" district!

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    Makamae Kahawai
    5 Mar 24, 2013

    As the former capital city of Japan, it is home to a royal palace and tons of historically significant landmarks and locations. While there are a slew of temples, shrines, and other historic related sites to visit, there is also a lot going on in the city that's worth exploring from the food, to the shopping, to simple people watching. If you're lucky, you'll spot some actual geisha walking around the city.

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    ShongShong
    5 Mar 10, 2013

    A very nice place in Kyoto. This was my third visit to this place at the end of autumn last year. No doubt to say that I will visit Kyoto again.

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    5 Mar 08, 2013

    Love this charming town - where you can explore the temples, walk around the old town and when you are tired, have coffee or tea in one of those cozy cafes. I just wished I had more time to explore the city

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    Chris Kompst
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    5 Feb 04, 2013

    Kyoto is a must-visit city on any trip to Japan. It has numerous shrines and temples that are symbols of Japan. It has many old sections which contrast with modern Japan. It can serve as a hub for visiting Osaka, Kobe and Nara.

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After 1000 years as Japan's capital, Kyoto's population might not match Japan's mega-cities but her cultural offerings surpasses anywhere. Hidden treasures can be found all over Kyoto if you can find your way out from under the shadow of her bustling and sky-scraping metropolitan heart. Kyoto is home to amazing temples such as the Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, which, like much Japanese architecture, is nestled into the surrounding Western Honshu Mountains with a architectural harmony unique to Japan. Take in the sights here while contemplating life along the Philosopher’s Path, or head into Gion and let the professionals in the famous Geisha district do the thinking for you. World Heritage Sites are seemingly as easy to bump into as a quality place to grab a bite to eat when traveling in Kyoto. Like much of Japan, Kyoto has an extensive railway system that makes exploring both the modern and traditional assets of this beautiful city a truly Zen-friendly experience.

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