Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto. The capital of Japan from 794 to the beginning of the XVII century
Ancient Kyoto could not only preserve its external attractiveness, but also preserve its original philosophy
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than a thousand years, becoming during this time the repository of the best achievements of Japanese art, culture, religion and thought
Pavilions with curved roofs are reflected here in the motionless surface of ponds, coniferous trees grow neatly, it seems, right out of the rocks, and the sights are more than enough for more than one eastern country. The main attractions of Kyoto are: the Imperial Palace with a park, the Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple (Temple of Pure Water), Fushimi Inari Shrine, the geisha Gion district. About 1600 Buddhist and 600 Shinto temples have survived on this land to this day.
To feel the flavor of the city, it is better to stay in a traditional hotel, called "ryokan" by the locals, which means "guest house". Traditional sushi bars, noodle cafes will help to get closer acquainted with the dishes of the national Japanese cuisine. In addition, restaurants are available that offer exclusively European dishes.
Pagodas and gardens of temples, cozy tea houses with real geishas in wooden clogs - all this reminds of the centuries-old history of Japan
13 Buddhist and 3 Shintoite temples on the territory of the city are living testimonies of how religious traditions are honored in this country. Tourists should definitely visit Goseo Imperial Palace (founded in 794, the current building was built in 1855) with the Sisinden ceremonial hall, Sannaiden Palace, the residential apartments of Emperor Seyryoden and an adjoining courtyard.
The Nijou castle (1603) is also very interesting with the Ninomaru palace, famous for its unique "singing floors" system, which used to be a kind of security system, as well as with the classical Japanese gardens Ninomaru and Sayryu-en. Spring is rightfully considered the best time to visit Kyoto, because it is in April that the flowering of a unique cherry blossom or Japanese cherry begins.
Other attractions. Golden Pavilion" Kinkaku-ji (1397) with a roof covered with the finest golden plates and a unique sand garden, located on the banks of the picturesque lake Rokuon-ji Temple, two-tier Silver Pavilion Ginkaku-ji (1489). Tofuku-ji ("Temple of the Treasures of the East", 1236), Kiyomizu-dera Temple Complex ("Temple of Pure Water", 798, rebuilt in 1633) with a ritual waterfall.
The oldest temple of the city is Yasaka-Jinja (10th-16th centuries) with a large park, the imperial villa of Katsura Rikyu with a unique landscape park (1624, entrance is limited). The famous stone gardens of Ryoan-ji and Sambo-Ying, the magnificent garden of mosses of the Saiho-ji temple (entrance is limited), the Katsura palace ensemble (17th century), the To-ji temples (7-17th centuries), Heian-Jingu (1895).), Nishi-Higashi, Nishi-Honganji (1272), Sanjusan-gado (1164) and Tenryu-ji (16th century), as well as numerous imperial tombs, gardens and parks.
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