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A Video Guide to Popular Sightseeing Spots in the Ancient Capital, Kyoto

The ancient city of Kyoto is one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Japan, visited by more than 50 million people per year.
This 2 minutes video will cover the attractive destinations in Kyoto. You might be thinking "2 minutes can't possibly be enough time," but just take our word for it and press play! You won’t regret it!
It's brimming with attractive destinations in Kyoto!

Must-Visit Destinations in Kyoto!

Image of  Fushimi Inari Shrine
Photo:Fushimi Inari Shrine

Kyoto has many historical spots registered as World Heritage Sites, such as The Golden Pavilion, The Silver Pavilion, Kiyomizudera, Nijo castle, Higashi Honganji temple, Nishi Honganji temple, and more.
You don't want to miss the beautiful scenery of Fushimi Inari Shrine, ranked #1 on the list of most popular spots among foreign visitors.
An amazing place to visit and also a sort of hole-in-the-wall location, is Kifune Shrine, which is famous for Mizuuranai mikuji. Mizuuranai mikuji is a piece of paper that shows your fortune when floating in water. It can be seen at 0:54 in the video.
If you want to enjoy the scenic beauty of Arashiyama, use the Randen Keifuku Electric Railway Arashiyama Main Rail.
For those looking to visit many places at once, you can also reserve a taxi tour or bus tour to save yourself some time.
Even if you don't visit the famous sights, you might be able to see some of Japan's ancient and tasteful scenery, such as "Uchimizu," a traditional way of cooling down. This can be seen at 1:42 in the video.

Enjoy a Traditional Culture Experience in Kyoto!

Image of Maiko

If you're coming to Kyoto, we definitely recommend seeing a Maiko dance or trying Zazen meditation.
You can also enjoy a demonstration by a tea ceremony practitioner or painting on Kiyomizu ware! These are all included in the video!
These experiences are enjoyable for both children and adults alike, and what's more is, they can be enjoyed regardless of the weather.
If you want to try the above-mentioned experiences, we recommend that you gather information at the tourist information center or book a visit on the website before visiting.

Festivals and Events in Kyoto

Kyoto is home to so many traditional festivals that it's rare to find a day when a festival isn't being held.
The Aoi Festival, Gion Festival and Jidai Festival, known as the three major festivals of Kyoto, attract many tourists from both Japan and overseas. The Toji Kobo Market, held on the 21st of every month, is a popular place to buy kokeshi dolls and other unusual items. There are many other festivals to experience, such as "Gozan no Okuribi," a mountain bonfire, and more. Try to align your stay with some of Kyoto's major festivals if possible.

Delicious Food in Kyoto

Image of a Night view of the Kamogawa River and a cool terrace
Photo:Night view of the Kamogawa River and a cool terrace

Kyoto is also a popular destination for travelers looking for gourmet food as well.
Be sure to stop by Nishiki Market, which is known as "Kyoto's kitchen." It sells many traditional foods.
If you want to walk around and eat, we recommend the Aburi Mochi sold in front of the gate of Imamiya Shrine. You can also check out the various sweets available at the shrine, such as mitarashi dango (a small dumpling with sweet soy sauce) at Shimogamo Shrine and Kuri mochi (a chestnut rice cake) at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine.
If you're planning to dine in Kyoto in the summer, we recommend the Kifune or Kamogawa areas where you can enjoy Kyoto cuisine with a view of the clear river.
It's exceptional to have Kyoto cuisine while looking out the flow of the refreshing river.
At 0:50 in the video, you can see a woman wearing a yukata enjoying the summer cool.

Summary of Sightseeing in Kyoto

As you can see, Kyoto has many traditional temples and shrines, wonderful scenery, and many festivals of high cultural value, all of which culminate to make Kyoto the ultimate tourist destination. In this 2-minute video, you can learn about traditional culture, cuisine, life in Kyoto, temples, shrines, festivals in Kyoto, and much more!
Enjoy Japanese culture and the Japanese spirit of 'Wa'!

【Official Website】Kyoto Prefecture Website

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Last Updated : Mar. 2, 2022
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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