Kyoto: The Must-See While in Japan


Probably, Kyoto is the number one popular spot for foreign tourists in Japan. It is a historically quite important city with a lot of well preserved architectures and it used to be the capital of the nation more than a thousand years ago.

Let me give you a quick geographic explanation first. Kyoto is about 500 km (300 miles) from Tokyo toward the west, and it takes about 2 hours to get there by Shinkansen high speed railway system to get there.

Most of the tourists come to Kyoto expecting to see old architectures as well as traditional cuisine and cultural events. I believe this town won’t disappoint you in any ways. There are countless numbers of temples and shrines here and there. Come to Kyoto in autumn and you’ll see beautiful autumn leaves in many temples. Spring is the best season for cherry blossoms. In summer, you’ll enjoy Gion-Matsuri festival (photo 15, 16, 17, 18) and taste of Hamo eels. Snow covered old townhouses and Japanese gardens are just spectacular.

When you arrive there, don’t forget to check out the Kyoto Tower in front of Kyoto Station (photo 19, 20, 21). Not only you can have a better view of Kyoto City from its observatory deck, Kyoto Tower itself is also a wonderful subject for your photography. Day, night, snow, rain, sunset, square format, panorama… you name it. The tower shows so many different faces of its own.

written by takezzo on 2010-01-14 #places #tower #temple #kyoto #tradition #location #shrine #japan


  1. stouf
    stouf ·

    Yay Takezzo !!! Perfect post ! Insane gallery with a nice sensitive feeling...

  2. blue-dog
    blue-dog ·

    Wow #2 #6 #8 my fav..

  3. satomi
    satomi ·

    Yes, Kyoto is a must! Don't go to Tokyo, everyone, go to Kyoto when you go to Japan! (sorry Tak:p)

  4. takezzo
    takezzo ·

    thanks for the comments. yup, kyoto is my mother's hometown and one of my favorite towns in japan. very traditional but there are lots of new things going on there.

  5. em_hoefler
    em_hoefler ·

    Great images - planning my first trip to Kyoto and Japan this year! Now I can't wait!

  6. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    I love this gallery!

  7. obungen
    obungen ·

    awesome gallery i <3 7, 17, 20

  8. paramir
    paramir ·

    Kyoto is great indeed! I have been there for a few days while traveling in Japan, and I liked it very much. great galley as well!

  9. neja
    neja ·

    Superb selection of shots

  10. takezzo
    takezzo ·

    Thanks for the comment and likes :)

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