May 15, 2008
KYOTO NAMED BEST DESTINATION ASIA IN TRIPADVISOR'S INAUGURAL
TRAVELERS' CHOICE DESTINATIONS AWARDS
New York, NY, May 1st, 2008 - Kyoto was chosen as a best destination Asia by TripAdvisor® in the 2008 Travelers' Choice® Destinations Awards. In its inaugural year, the TripAdvisor® Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards honor the world's top destinations, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. In the same awards, Tokyo is ranked as the sixth best Asian destination.
TripAdvisor® is one of the largest online communities among independent travelers, and considered as a trustworthy insider travel information website for individual travelers. For the complete 2008 Travelers' Choice list, go to www.tripadvisor.com/TCDestinations.
Today's Kyoto is rich in both traditional and contemporary attractions. Take the below list of the events and facilities to experience the best of Kyoto in spring and summer.
Gion Matsuri Festival
This is Kyoto's Yasaka Shrine's festival from July 1st every year, and very known as one of the largest and most famous festivals in Japan for its history and the magnificent beauty. For about a month, streets around Yasaka Shrine are turned into the ancient time in Kyoto. There are several rituals and events that have been inherited for centuries. The events are conducted in the same fashion as centuries ago, with people in traditional costumes parading along the traditional music.
Machiya style restaurants and cafés
Machiya is the old style Kyoto townhouses and have been maintained today in the original condition. Some are converted into restaurants, cafés and tearooms, and some are now nostalgic accommodation facilities. Enjoy the traditional cityscape of Kyoto from inside Machiya as well.
Walking tour by volunteer student guides
About 80 student members of the Good Samaritan Club offer walking tours in English in Kyoto for free of charge. Since its establishment in 1961, the club is run by students from colleges in Kyoto with strong interest in international communication and provide small group walking tours in English.
This is a museum of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (Ogura Anthology of 100 poems by 100 poets) opened in Arashiyama area of Kyoto in 2006. The museum not only exhibits cultural backgrounds and details of the Anthology but also applies highest technologies for more interactive displays of the beauty of traditional Japanese culture.
Hotel Screen Kyoto
In Kyoto, the epicenter of the Japanese traditional hospitality culture, Hotel Screen Kyoto welcomes visitors with innovative designs with the quaint application of Japanese tradition to the modern concept. Collaborated with time-honored craftsmanship of pure silk kimono fabrics, room accessories and confectionaries, Hotel Screen Kyoto provides a unique experience in Kyoto with Japanese modernism.
Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager
Japan National Tourist Organization
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Tel: 212-757-5641, Ex. 19