Kyoto FlagKyoto

Kyoto Image

RECOMMENDED PROPERTIES IN KYOTO

KYOTO

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over a millennium, and carries a reputation as its most beautiful city. Though dwarfed in size by other major Japanese cities, Kyoto is vast in terms of its rich cultural heritage - the material endowment of over a thousand years as the country's imperial capital. The city's numerous palaces, shrines, temples and other landmarks are spread out over different districts.

In the central district of Kyoto, lies a site of Nijo Castle (a former residence of the Tokugawa shoguns) and the stately grounds of the Imperial Palace. The district's southern end is anchored by the massive glass-and-steel building of the city's main gateway, Kyoto Station. Arashiyama (Western Kyoto) is set against the beautiful tree-covered hills of Arashiyama, this district is rich in both historic and natural wonders. Higashiyama (Eastern Kyoto) is nestled between the Kamo River and the temple-studded mountains of Higashiyama, this area's many attractions include the famed geisha district of Gion and the historic sites strung alongside the well-known Philosopher's Path. In the North, graced with scores of centuries-old shrines and temples, including several World Heritage Sites, one of Kyoto's most famous attractions which is the magnificent gilded pavilion of Kinkaku-ji can be found here. The south district covers a large part of Japan's former capital, stretching from the Oharano area in the west to Fushimi-ku, Daigo, and the southern tip of Higashiyama-ku in the east.

In 1994, 17 historic sites were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List under the group designation Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. Fourteen of the listed sites are in Kyoto itself which include Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji, Ninna-ji, Kozan-ji, Shimogamo Shrine, Kamigamo Shrine, Nijo Castle, Nishi Hongan-ji, To-ji, Kiyomizu-dera, Ginkaku-ji, Tenryu-ji, Koke-dera, Daigo-ji.

Stroll through the regal retreats of the Imperial Palace or one of the two Imperial villas with gardens and teahouses managed by the Imperial Household Agency. These are the Imperial Palace and Sento Imperial Palace in Central Kyoto, Katsura Imperial Villa in Western Kyoto, and Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Northern Kyoto. All four of these sites are open to the public by reservation through the Imperial Household Agency. The gardens located within the precincts of each palace and villa are at their most scenic during spring cherry blossom season and autumn where a riot of colors enchant visitors. Each property is still used from time to time for official state functions or for private visits by the current royal family members.

Kyoto is arguably the most well known place in the country to view cherry blossoms, and there are certainly no lack of options. Eastern Kyoto is particularly popular during the cherry blossom season. A walk from Nanzen-ji to Ginkaku-ji along the Philosopher's Path, lined with cherry trees, is enjoyable, as there are a variety of temples and shrines to stop at along the way. The garden of the Heian Shrine, not far from the Philosopher's Path, features colorful pink blossoms, which is a nice contrast to the white blossoms you'll see on the Philosopher's Path. In Central Kyoto the northern section of the Imperial Park is home to a variety of different types of cherry blossoms. Nijo Castle hosts its own Nijo Light-Up, in which visitors can walk the grounds of the castle at night among the cherry blossoms. In Arashiyama, a large portion of the mountainside is bright with cherry blossoms, along with the area around Hankyu Arashiyama Station. Northern Kyoto offers cherry-blossom scouts worthwhile experiences at Hirano Shrine and Kyoto Botanical Gardens, and a walk inside the large grounds of Daigo-ji in Southern Kyoto is certainly made memorable when all the blossoms are in full bloom.

more..

7 reasons why HotelSurfs.com is the best online hotel booking portal

  • Online booking made easy

    Access more than 300,000 properties across 200 countries.

  • Instant confirmation

    provide booking confirmation
    in real time.

  • Flexi Booking

    Allow advance booking up
    to a year.

  • Book Now, Pay Later

    Pay when you check-out.

  • Big Savings

    Low rates, no booking and
    credit card fees.

  • Book with confidence

    All backed-up by our friendly and dedicated team.

  • Safe and secure connections

    You will benefit from the highest level of security the industry has to offer.