Kyoto City draws millions of visitors, both domestic and international, every year seeking out the traditions of Japanese culture. Kyoto is also known for its traditions over 1000 years in festivals like the Gion Matsuri, still practiced today. All parts of Kyoto have more than one site that is well worth visiting thoroughly, in particular, certain oldest traditions of Japan, such as tea ceremonies, flower arranging, and the Geisha School, have their origins in the city.
Known as the city of 10,000 shrines, Kyoto is Japan’s former Imperial Capital, whose historical landmarks include a diverse range of religious, administrative, and traditional buildings, and well-preserved urban morphology. Japan’s capital and emperors residence from 794-1868, Kyoto is known worldwide for its astounding beauty. You are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to temples and shrines in the ancient capital, with nearly 2000 scattered across the city.
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