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Five areas where you can get to know a side of Kyoto that you never knew.
In Kyoto, you'll find Kyoto by the Sea facing the Sea of Japan; Kyoto in the Forests, where you'll still find unspoilt Japanese landscapes; Kyoto Infused with Tea with its beautiful tea fields stretching out; Kyoto Otokuni Bamboo Grove, which has many historical and cultural heritages; and Kyoto City, the cosmopolitan tourist city. We'll be introducing you to the highlights and recommended sightseeing courses for each area.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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