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  • Kyoto is synonymous with traditional Japan.

  • Having the highest concentration of cultural treasures in the entire country this historic

  • city is a must-see destination for travellers hoping to get a glimpse of old Japan.

  • A little over 2hrs west of Tokyo by bullet train, Kyoto is surrounded by mountains on

  • three sides and is located 40km inland from Osaka.

  • Laid out similarly to the contemporary Tang capital from China, Kyoto was the home of

  • the emperor and the capital of Japan for over 1000 years.

  • And as a result, it developed into the center of high culture, politics, and craftsmanship.

  • Although the city suffered damage many times in the past due to wars and natural disasters,

  • fortunately it was spared during World War II.

  • Today, Kyoto's main attractions include countless temples, shrines, gardens, and other

  • historic buildings, many of which are part of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kyoto.

  • The city is also renowned for its cuisine and crafts.

  • Even if you stayed in Kyoto for a month, it would be difficult to see everything it has to offer.

  • So, here are our Top 5 Recommendations in Kyoto.

  • Number Five: Kyo-Kaiseki

  • Kaiseki is traditional Japanese style high-class

  • (or haute) cuisine which is served in multiple courses.

  • Kyo-kaiseki is the Kyoto style of kaiseki which is particularly refined, and focuses

  • on highlighting the subtle flavors found in Kyoto's local seasonal ingredients.

  • Each dish is carefully designed by a chef are presents a different aspect of Japanese cuisine.

  • Usually the meal takes between one to two hours, will include 8-12 courses, and will

  • finish with a shokuji course consisting of rice, miso soup

  • and pickled vegetables followed by dessert.

  • One of the best places to enjoy a kyo-kaiseki meal is while staying at a ryokan in Kyoto.

  • Usually a stay at one of these Japanese style inns includes this multi-course dinner which is

  • served to you right in your room.

  • If you're not staying at a ryokan, kyo-kaiseki can also be

  • enjoyed at numerous specialty restaurants throughout Kyoto.

  • And during summer, many restaurants in Kyoto, including some that offer kyo-kaiseki

  • will provide terrace dining experiences where guests are served outside

  • on platforms built over flowing water.

  • Two popular locations for terrace dining are along the Kamogawa River in central Kyoto,

  • and in the scenic Kibune valley to the north of the city.

  • Although kyo-kaiseki meals can be a bit expensive, we think this traditional culinary experience

  • is well worth the price when visiting Kyoto.

  • Number Four: Arashiyama/Sagano

  • On the outskirts of western Kyoto lie the districts of Arashiyama and Sagano

  • which have much to offer.

  • This area was a former retreat for emperors,

  • and the Saga Emperor especially enjoyed taking retreats here.

  • Although it has become somewhat touristy, it's still very pleasant both in the center

  • of town and in the more rural-feeling Sagano area.

  • Some of the main attractions of this area are:

  • The beautiful Togetsukyo Bridge, especially during autumn

  • Tenryuji Temple which is ranked first among Kyoto's great Zen temples and is part of

  • Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • The famous bamboo grove which is located directly

  • next to Tenryuji Temple.

  • And the monkey park on the hill across the bridge.

  • In the wooded hills north of the bamboo forest there are many smaller temples to explore as well.

  • To see more of this area in a unique way, there is also the Sagano Scenic Railway.

  • This is a 25 minute sightseeing train ride which will take you through the beautiful

  • Hozugawa river valley. This ride is often combined with a Hozugawa River cruise back to Arashiyama

  • in a traditional Edo era boat ride which takes about two hours.

  • Number Three: Kinkakuji & Ginkakuji

  • On the north side of the city stands one of

  • the most recognizable buildings in Kyoto, Kinkakuji (also called the Golden Pavilion)

  • whose top two floors are covered in gold leaf.

  • It is one of the sites that make up Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • and was originally built as a retirement villa by the highly influential shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu.

  • In accordance with his will, after his death in 1408 it became a Zen temple which it remains today

  • Now visitors explore the well manicured grounds on paths that wind around the main building

  • and past other attractions such as a tea garden and a few other temple halls.

  • Interestingly, on the East side of Kyoto stands Ginkakuji (or the Silver Pavillion) which was

  • built several decades later as a retirement villa by Yoshimitsu's art obsessed grandson,

  • Ashikaga Yoshimasa and which also has become a UNESCO site.

  • Although never covered in silver, Ginkakuji became the base for contemporary Japanese

  • culture known asHigashiyama culturewhich had great impact on Japanese society

  • nationwide and spawned many of the traditions that represent Japanese culture today

  • such as the tea ceremony, poetry, and garden design.

  • Number Two: Kiyomizudera & the Higashiyama District

  • Perhaps Kiyomizu's most eye catching feature is the 13m tall wooden stage which projects

  • from the front of the main temple building.

  • During the Edo Period, tradition held that if you survived leaping from this stage to

  • the ground, your wish would be granted.

  • However, now this practice is prohibited.

  • Near the stage you'll also come across the iron spear of legendary strong-man warrior-monk

  • Benkei which visitors are encouraged to try and lift.

  • At the bottom of the temple grounds runs the Otowa Waterfall whose famously pure waters

  • are split into three streams.

  • Each stream's water is said to have a different benefit: longevity, success at school, and

  • fortune in love.

  • However, drinking from all three is considered greedy.

  • Kiyomizu-dera is located in the Higashiyama District which is one the country's best

  • preserved districts with numerous outstanding temples, traditional streets, and photo opportunities.

  • Aside from the numerous shops, a few specific highlights are Kodaiji temple, Yasaka pagoda,

  • Yasaka Shrine, and Maruyama Park to name a few.

  • Many tourists will make a half-day out of seeing Kiyomizudera and exploring this atmospheric district

  • Number One: Fushimi Inari Shrine

  • Perhaps one the most awe-inspiring places

  • to explore in all of Japan is the Fushimi Inari Shrine which is located only two train

  • stops from Kyoto Station on the JR Nara line.

  • Although it is the head shrine dedicated to the rice Goddess Inari of over 30000 Inari

  • shrines across the country, this location is internationally famous for the thousands

  • of vermillion gates which cover the mountain trails behind the main shrine building.

  • Each gate was donated as an offering by an individual or business.

  • The larger the gate, the larger the donation.

  • The most iconic section of trail is found where the path splits shortly after the entrance

  • and is called the Senbon Torii which literally meansone thousand gates."

  • As visitors continue up the mountain there are various rest areas, vendors, and side paths to explore.

  • About half-way up is the Yotsutsuji Intersection which has multiple restaurants and also provides

  • the best view of the city on the whole hike.

  • Hiking all the way to the summit takes about an hour to an hour and a half.

  • Kyoto is full of many more worthwhile locations

  • and we hope this Top 5 list helps you planan enjoyable trip.

  • For more information about any of the places mentioned in this video or to explore another region

  • click the links on the screen now, or head over to japan-guide.com,

  • your comprehensive, up-to-date travel guide, first-hand from Japan.

  • Thanks for watching, and be sure to subscribe for more videos about Japan.

  • Happy travels.

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