Kyoto

Kyōto was the capital of for over a millennium, and carries a reputation as the nation's most beautiful city and its cultural capital. However, visitors may be surprised by how much work they will have to do to see Kyoto's beautiful side.

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encompasses the urban heart of Japan's former imperial capital. Photo: AlasdairW, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Some of the most picturesque parts of Kyoto are located in , the eastern region of the city, across the Kamo River. Photo: Galileo, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Northern Kyoto is graced with scores of centuries-old shrines and temples, including several World Heritage Sites. Photo: AlasdairW, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is in Kyoto. While this western part of the city is dismissed in most Western guidebooks in a brief paragraph suggesting "other attractions", the area is rightfully very popular with Japanese tourists and well worth a visit. Photo: Fabimaru, CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Southern Kyoto covers a large part of Japan's former capital, stretching from the Ōharano area in the west to Fushimi-ku, Daigo, and the southern tip of Higashiyama-ku in the east. Photo: Grialte, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Notable Places in the Area

Buddhist temple
Kinkaku-ji, officially named Rokuon-ji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, . is situated 3 km northwest of Kyoto. Photo: Ondraness, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Tourist attraction
Kiyomizu-dera, formally Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera, is a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. is situated 4 km southeast of Kyoto. Photo: Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Memorial
Guanyin or Guan Yin is the most commonly used Chinese translation of the bodhisattva known as Avalokiteśvara. is situated 3 km southeast of Kyoto. Photo: Wikimedia, CC BY 3.0.

Localities in the Area

Suburb
Ukyō-ku is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in , . is situated 3½ km southwest of Kyoto. Photo: bluelotus, CC BY 2.0.

Suburb
Sakyō-ku is one of the eleven wards in the city of Kyoto, in , . is situated 3 km northeast of Kyoto. Photo: Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Suburb
Northern Kyoto is graced with scores of centuries-old shrines and temples, including several World Heritage Sites. is situated 3½ km north of Kyoto. Photo: AlasdairW, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Kyoto

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