Kyoto represents more of the ancient customs and traditions of Japan. It is a city of unique architectural structures blended seamlessly with contemporary style. With many original shrines and temples still in tact, Kyoto's history attracts millions of visitors every year.
As one of Japan's World Heritage sites, the Kiyomizu-dera Temple proudly sits atop a cliff overhang with a commanding view of the city below. Many flock to Kiyomizu to visit its surrounding over air pavilions that feature storefronts selling food and souvenirs.
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Founded in the year 1164, Sanjusangendo is Japan's longest wooden shrine. It is most well known for serving as home to thousands of life-size wood-carved statues that surround the statue of Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy.
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Otherwise known as the Golden Pavillion, Kinkaku-ji is not to be missed. It's sparkling facade complements the picturesque scenery that surrounds it, providing a breaktaking scene no matter the season.
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The Heian Jingu Shrine boasts the largest torii, or shrine gate, in the country. Encompassed by three of Kyoto's best gardens, Heian Jingu is the host venue Jidai Matsuri, one Kyoto's most important festivals that celebrates the founding of the city.
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travel to Kyoto to explore Nijo-jo, one of Japan's national treasures that dates back to 1603. The palace was constructed in the shoinzukuri library style of the samurai during the Momoyami period with two concentric rings of fortification. These structures both contain a wall and moat that surround the beautiful Ninomaru Palace, where treasured artwork and elaborate gardens adorn the 3300 squar.
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