Kyoto City- The cultural and historical heart of Japan.
Experience traditional temples, shrines, restaurants and festivals.
Located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu, along with Osaka and Kobe, Kyoto forms a part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area.
By 2018, the city had a population of 1.47 million.
The cultural capital of Japan. A major tourist destination.Home to numerous Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, palaces and gardens.
Prominent landmarks include Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kiyomizu-Dera, Kinkaku-Ji, Ginkaku-Ji, and the Katsura Imperial Villa.
A center of higher studying, with Kyoto University being an institution of international renown.
Things to Do and Not to Do in Kyoto City
- Don’t: Insist on A Picture with a Maiko. Instead: ask nicely if they’d like to take a picture with you.
- Don’t: Smoke Outdoors Instead: Do it indoors.
- Don’t: Stand too Near a Taxi Instead: Keep a distance. The doors are automatic!
- You don’t have to tip a Waiter Instead: flash a big smile and go.A little thank you really does go a long way in Japan.
- Don’t: Cycle Around When Drunk Instead:Avoid using this vessel to move around when drunk.
- Don’t:Leave Your Bicycle Where You Please. Instead: Leave it at the designated parking areas to avoid fines.
- Don’t: Touch Old Buildings Instead: Be careful on where you are leaning. Some buildings are very old and made of wood.
- Don’t: Wear Sunnies at the Shrines Instead: Remove your hat and sunglasses when visiting holy sites as a sign of respect.
9 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT KYOTO
- Kyoto City suffers from overcrowding, transportation shortages and pollution.
- Kyoto City has seven independent railway services. You will need different tickets for traveling with different railway services.
- Kyoto has the same name of Kyoto City and Kyoto Prefecture. Both areas have a population of 4.1 million people.
- The Imperial Palace in Kyoto (The Gosho Palace) is in the central part of the city.
- The Western part of Kyoto features the hills of Arashiyama.
- The Eastern part of the city features hills of Higashiyama, Kamo river, and many temples.
- The Northern part of Kyoto features some of the oldest temples-centuries old temples and shrines.
- Kyoto City is largely untouched by world war due to its exclusion in American War plans.
- It has more than 1650 temples, 400 Shinto Shinto Shrines, 800 shrines, 3 palaces, a castle, and other countless gardens.