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Kyoto Winter Special is coming back!

December 2010 - March 2011 Kyoto Winter Special, Kyoto

The city of Kyoto will once again this year be hosting the popular "Kyoto Winter Special" campaign, introducing you to the little-known wintertime attractions of this magical city. Be sure to make the most of the fantastic sight-seeing opportunities that this website offers, and allow us to be your guide to the unique wonders of winter in Kyoto.
Above all, its greatest attraction is the sensation of serenity and mystery that the austere winter atmosphere brings to Kyoto and this is the favored time of year for the true connoisseurs of Kyoto. Marvel at the delicate beauty of Japanese gardens and elegant machiya-style houses, unique to Kyoto, all beneath a veil of glistening snow. The bare plants and trees of the flowerless winter scenery also present an unrivalled opportunity to appreciate the distinct Japanese "wabi-sabi" sense of aesthetic, in the sweeping views of the mountainsides, and the bold architectural style of the city's striking shrines and temples. Kyoto's wintertime allows you to see all the sights at your leisure, in a relaxed atmosphere that can not be enjoyed in any other season. An ever expanding wealth of opportunities for unique and unforgettable experiences await in Kyoto, including amongst other captivating winter events, the "Hanatouro" festivities (Arashiyama:December10-19, Higashiyama:March12-21), where Kyoto's evening scenery is bathed in an enchanting lamplit glow, "Enchanting Maiko Event"(details TBA), offering close interactions with maiko, masters of understated conduct and traditional performing arts, and the "Restaurant Winter Special"(February 1-28), during which you can enjoy wholesome and visually spectacular cuisine to your heart's content, all at moderate prices.

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