Kyoto, Japan: 13 Amazing Facts

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Kyoto is a city that impresses you with its history, natural landscapes, and its special charm. For instance, in Kyoto, you will find a lot of Shinto temples and altars that will surprise you with their complexity.

Here are some great things about this former capital of Japan:

-The city is located on the main island of Honshu of the Japanese archipelago and has a history of more than a thousand years.

-Kyoto is part of the Kobe-Nara-Osaka metropolitan area.

-The city is known for its fascinating temples such as Kiyomizu-dera.

-The Imperial Gosho Palace gives Kyoto a unique historical splendor.

-Because of its cultural value, Kyoto escaped bombing during World War II.

-Kyoto has more than 1650 temples, 400 Shinto Shrines, 800 shrines, a castle, 3 palaces and many gardens and parks.

Shimogamo Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto altars with a history of over a thousand years.

-Fushimi Inari Taisha is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of “torii” gates and is the most important of several thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice.

-We can’t talk about Kyoto without mentioning the Kinkakuji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple whose top two floors are completely covered in gold leaf.

– Kyoto is famous for its festivals! Some of the most important are Aoi-matsuri, the Gion-matsuri, and the Jidai-matsuri Festival.

-This city is also an important industrial center, suffering as all Japanese cities suffer from overcrowding, transportation blockages, and environmental pollution. In response to these problems, the government passed a law in1965, which wanted to control transportation and air quality in the area.

-Kyoto University, founded in 1897 and one of the former imperial universities, is considered the best in Japan after Tokyo University.

-Kyoto Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan (Kyoto National Museum), with its extensive collection of Japanese paintings, sculptures and decorative arts, is one of the most notable museums in Japan.

Also, there are a lot of things to do in Kyoto. 

Doesn’t that sound great? Kyoto seems to be the right place to start learning about the history and complexity of Japanese culture. You can also take a look here:



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