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Electic Lights of Kyoto City. Photo by Zuzu
Electic Lights of Kyoto City. Photo by Zuzu
Myoshinji in Kyoto, Japan. Photo by Frank
Myoshinji in Kyoto, Japan. Photo by Frank
Rickshaw, Nonomiya Jinja Shrine. Photo Frank
Rickshaw, Nonomiya Jinja Shrine. Photo Frank
Lights Outside Hogon Temple, Kyoto. Photo Prst
Lights Outside Hogon Temple, Kyoto. Photo Prst
The Shimogamo Shrine Gate in Kyoto, Japan
The Shimogamo Shrine Gate in Kyoto, Japan
Otagi Nenbutsu Ji in Sagono, Kyoto Japan
Otagi Nenbutsu Ji in Sagono, Kyoto Japan
Rodin The Thinker at  Kyoto National Museum
Rodin The Thinker at Kyoto National Museum
Kinkaku Buddhist Temple, Winter. Kyoto, Japan
Kinkaku Buddhist Temple, Winter. Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto Information

Kyoto is a large city in Japan with a population of over 1.5 million people. The key industries in Kyoto are evolved around information technology and most technological savvy people will recognise Kyoto for being famous for the headquarters of the company Nintendo.

Tourism has recently become a stronghold of Kyoto’s economy and it is the second most visited destination in Japan only behind Tokyo. Kyoto is also home to many of the countries Colleges and Universities and has branded itself in recent times as becoming the “Academic Headquarters of Japan”.

There are plenty of things to do and see in Kyoto especially cultural and heritage sites. There are over 2,000 temples and shrines in Kyoto with over 30 million tourists visiting the city every year. Some of the great temples and shrines to see include the Shimogamo Shrine, Hogon Temple, Myoshinji Temple, Otagi Nenbutsu Ji in Sogono and the Kinkaku Buddhist Temple.

For some festivals and tourist attractions not to miss in Kyoto include the Aoi, Gion, Bon, and Jidai Matsuri festivals. Held for the last 1000 years they are massive and culminate in huge numbers of Japanese people turning up to celebrate the history of the past by lighting fires on mountains to guide the spirits home.

Another great attraction in Kyoto is the Iwatayama Monkey Park nicknamed “Monkey Mountain”. Over 170 Japanese macaque monkeys inhabit the park and visitors can feed the monkeys with no fences or barriers. Even though the monkeys are wild they have become accustomed to tourists and are not afraid to come close up to their primate cousins.

For history the Kyoto National Museum is a great place to visit. Consisting of several buildings, the museum is broken into several parts with the Special Exhibition Hall and the Collections Hall being the most popular. Both contain some very prominent cultural treasures of Japanese culture.

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Myoshinji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Photo Taken by Tomomarusan
Myoshinji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. Photo Taken by Tomomarusan
Kyoto City Skyline at Night. Photo Courtesy of Manuel Garcia
Kyoto City Skyline at Night. Photo Courtesy of Manuel Garcia