Once known as the city with a thousand shrines, Kyoto, Japan, abounds with ancient history, but is full of the bustling energy of modern life. Set amidst three picturesque mountains; Higashiyama, Kitayama and Nishiyama, the city of Kyoto boasts countless fascinating cultural locations, including the Kyoto Imperial Palace and the Buddhist temple of Sanjusangendo.
The Zen temple of Kinkakuji, or the Golden Pavilion, has actual gold leaf covering the entire exterior of the second and third floors. Kyoto National Museum, Nishiki Market and the vast gardens of the Nanzenji Temple, are among the many popular tourist attractions.
To get to Kyoto, visitors use Kansai International Airport (KIX). Tickets are available at the airport for the JR Haruka Limited Express, which brings you to Kyoto in about an hour. Airport buses and taxis are also available. Osaka International Airport (ITM) is about a 55-minute drive from Kyoto. While in the city, you can take the Kyoto Municipal Subway, or take advantage of the extensive municipal bus network. Kyoto is famous for cuisine specializing in the unique vegetables of the region. You’ll find most of the hotels are located within the center of Kyoto; perfect for exploring the areas attractions.
With thousands of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, Kyoto holds many of the most well-preserved cultural locations in Japan. Many people enjoy visiting Kyoto in the springtime when the city’s cherry trees are in full bloom. The city explodes with flowers in May, and with lovely autumnal foliage in November.