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  Welcome to Kyoto  

The streets of Kyoto, which are deeply influenced by traditional Japanese culture. The seas, in which Japan's oldest legends are still alive, and the mountains that are the origins of the Japanese people. Come experience all the charms that Kyoto has to offer for yourself.

DESTINATIONS

We've divided the subtle charms of Kyoto Prefecture into five areas that you can learn more about. From "Kyoto by the Sea" in the north to "Kyoto Infused with Tea" in the south, each area is quite unique and filled with different sights. You might even find new charms too.

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Kyoto by the sea

Here you'll find Amanohashidate, one of Japan's three most famous scenic spots, and other beautiful natural landscapes ringed by sea and mountains, as well as many historical and cultural sites such as the funaya (boat houses) of Ine and the red brick warehouses of Maizuru. Fresh seafood and fishing experiences are also attractions.

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Forested Kyoto

Located in the central area of the prefecture, the Kyoto in the Forests features rows of kayabuki (thatched roof) houses in a pastoral mountain setting and bountiful nature untouched by man. There is also an abundance of matsutake mushrooms, chestnuts, sweetfish, and other bounty from the hills. Visitors can also enjoy the Hozu River boat ride and other activities.

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Kyoto and Tea

Kyoto has a long history with tea — Uji tea is produced in the region. In Kyoto Infused with Tea, you'll have a chance to experience scenes of beautiful tea fields and locally established tea culture. Don't miss the many splendid historical spots either, such as Byodoin Temple and Ujigami-jinja Shrine, both World Heritages.

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Otokuni, the Land of Bamboo

Kyoto Otokuni Bamboo Grove, is well known as the home of bamboo shoots. It has been a historical backdrop since ancient times, and is home to the Nagaoka-kyo ruins, ancient kofun (burial mounds), castle sites, and many other historical heritages. The area is also blessed by abundant nature, where you can enjoy strolls along beautiful bamboo paths or visit art museums and historical museums.

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Kyoto City

Kyoto, the Ancient Capital, continues to captivate tourists from around Japan and around the world with its old historical landmarks and streets, historical culture, and festivals. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the Kamo, Katsura, Uji, and other rivers flow through the city, and you can enjoy the scenery in every season.

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We've divided the subtle charms of Kyoto Prefecture into five areas that you can learn more about. From "Kyoto by the Sea" in the north to "Kyoto Infused with Tea" in the south, each area is quite unique and filled with different sights. You might even find new charms too.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Here you'll find information on all the myriad charms of Kyoto, including spots with picturesque views where you can experience Kyoto's refinement and the beauty of Japan in every season, seasonal events, popular dining and specialty goods, outdoor leisure spots, and so on.

PLAN

You'll find information on how to get to Kyoto Prefecture, convenient transportation information for sightseeing around Kyoto by train or bus, Accommodation, our recommended sightseeing courses, guide maps, and other information useful in planning your trip.

TRAVEL INFO

Includes basic information you should check before your trip to Kyoto. You'll learn about manners while traveling around Kyoto, tourist information centers that provide sightseeing information on various regions of Kyoto Prefecture, and so on.