The island of Honshu is Kyoto and it was once the capital of Japan. It was considered the cultural capital of Japan and was the major tourist destination and also known as the heart of Japan. Kyoto is treated like home to Buddhist temples, places of gardens, Shinto Shrines, traditional wooden houses, and some of these paces are listed as world heritage by UNESCO. Japan’s third-largest city and oldest city is Kyoto. This was originally founded as Heian in 794. This city is more historical because it was the capital city for more than 1000 years until 1868. In the Gion district of Kyoto, there are some formal traditions such as kaiseki dining, consisting of multiple courses of precise dishes and geisha, female entertainers can be seen. The distance from the main city of Tokyo to Kyoto is 450km and the way to travel to Kyoto from Tokyo by bullet train takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes. But the closest airport to Kyoto is Osaka International airport where it is taking 50 minutes by airport limousine bus.
Kyoto is a nutshell and is the cultural and historical heart of Japan. People can enjoy and experience its shrines, gardens, traditional temples, shops, restaurants, and festivals.
This is the very safest city in Japan and its crime level is very low, where the people can walk at night and travel on public transport. Comparing with Tokyo city, this is a very cheap city to live in. It is one of the cheapest destinations in this developed world. There are some sightseeing tours available here, such as the Morning tour, Afternoon tour, Night tour, Mailko dinner, etc. Here has the 5 best Onsen namely, Kurama Onsen, Tenzan-no-yu-Onsen, Kinosaki Onsen, Shirahama Onsen, and Arima Onsen. This Kurams Onsen is located in the mountain village of Kurama and is 30 minutes drive from Kyoto by train. It has both indoor and outdoor fantastic baths. Here the best foods are Yudofu ( boiled tofu), Hamo ( conger eel), Tsukemono ( pickles), Matcha Matcha, and Yatsuhashi.
Kyoto is very famous for temples and shrines. Temples are dedicated to all Buddhist people and shrines are dedicated to all Shinto people. There are 20 most beautiful temples and shrines Here. Some of them are Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, Tofukuji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, Kinkakuji ( The Golden Pavilion), etc. Altogether there have over 1600 temples and it is very difficult to see in a short visit. Here the Temples and shrines are coming in different sizes and designs and that is why Kyoto is very famous for temples and shrines. The oldest Zen temple is Kennin- Ji and was founded in 1202 CE.
The city weather whereas temperate is around 33F to 89F and very rarely changes below 27F and above 94F. Its summertime is very short and hot as well as winters are very cold and cloudy. Also, it is wet year-round. But people can visit Kyoto at any time of the year. Summer months are from June to August, winter from December to February, and the rainy season is from mid-June to late July. Kyoto gets snow between early December and mid-March. In apart to that the best time to visit Kyoto is from March to May and September to November.
Kyoto has different types of hotels with the best prices and people can book even online with free cancellations. Its prices vary from 3 stars to 5 stars. 3 star comes around 165 USD, 4 star comes around 255 USD and 5 star comes around 287 USD. Some of these hotels are having nice views and those are Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Hotel Muso, and Mimaru Kyoto Horikawarokaku. There are some hotels good for families as well such as Hotel Muso, Kyoto Shijo Takakura Hotel, and Kyoto Shinmachi Rokkaku Hotel.
Kamigamo Shrine is the oldest Shinto shrine in Japan. It is the seventeenth Historic monument of ancient Kyoto and UNESCO has designated it as a world heritage site. This shrine is situated on the banks of the Kamo River in north Kyoto and it was founded in 678. The Kamigamo shrine’s first name was Kamo-wakeikazuchi shrine. It has its own festival called Aoi Matsuri and is held on May 15th every year.
Toji is situated in the Minami-Ku ward of Japan and it is a Shingon Buddhist temple. The meaning of Toji is East Temple. This was founded by Emperor Kanmu in 796 in the early Heian period. In 1994 UNESCO has designated this temple as a world heritage site. Toji temple is 54.8 meters high and is the highest wooden building in Japan. This temple includes Kondo main hall, Kodo lecturer hall, and important figure sculptures to show their ancient architectural styles. There are 3 main events in Toji temple such as Kobo Ichi Market at Toji Temple, Garakuta Ichi Antique Market at Toji temple, Sakura Lightup at Toji temple.