Kyoto: what to visit between tradition Geisha, temples, technology

ginkakuji temple kyoto
ginkakuji temple kyoto

A trip to Kyoto to discover the city of Japan, where old and new come together perfectly, but remains alive the tradition rooted at the base of the deep cultural identity Geisha.

Travel Guide Kyoto

Kyoto offers a sophisticated blend of old and new in Japan, from the silk kimono finely woven innovations of high technology, the city fits in its own way and at their own pace. Escaped the destruction of World War II, Kyoto remains the cultural heart of the nation, with more than 2,000 temples and shrines, and no less than 17 major UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the city.

Have been preserved ancient festivals, and despite the modernization, the preservation of old wooden houses, the green hills and mountains surrounding the city, offering the visitor an impression sharper than that in Japan it is traditional and as such must be preserved. The traditional arts and cultural scene in Kyoto remained firmly rooted in time, and the renewed interest, both locally and internationally for the geisha tradition, helped to keep alive many of the arts of the past.

The main tourist information office for the city of Kyoto is located on the second floor of Kyoto Station Building, while the tourist information office for the entire Kyoto Prefecture is located on the ninth floor of the same building.

What to see in Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Taisha
This magnificent sanctuary is the most important and impressive of the many tens of thousands of Inari shrines in Japan. And ‘dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice, and is guarded by statues of foxes, thought to be messengers of Inari.

Temple Ginkakuji
Is not among the most impressive temples in Kyoto, but it is certainly fascinating and is widely considered a masterpiece of minimalist elegance. The temple and the lovely garden that surrounds combine to create an atmosphere that is both calm and kind, offering a vision of natural harmony. The path of philosophy, which leads along the tree-lined Canal Sosui from Ginkakuji Temple to Temple Eikando, offers a pleasant walk in a quiet environment, especially in spring.

Gion
It’s the main entertainment and traditional Kyoto Geisha district. Here the past is alive in the arts and entertainment offered at the level of the road you can still see rickshaws and geisha. Gion Corner is a theater where tourists can experience a variety of traditional Japanese arts including dance Kyoto, the tea ceremony, the puppet show, the ‘harp and Japanese flower arrangement.

Heian Shrine
A scaled-down replica of the first imperial palace in Kyoto, this sanctuary is still quite impressive, though perhaps not very exciting. E ‘was built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the city. The real attraction, however, is the garden at the back of the sanctuary. It’s
well-structured with a half-filled lake, a path with several pedestrian bridges across the lake, and a large variety of plants and trees along the road.

Kinkakuji Temple
It’s also known as the Golden Temple, in fact, the exterior of the pavilion is covered with a thick layer of gold leaf. It is located near the Ryoanji Temple in an area north-west of the center of Kyoto.

Kiyomizu Temple
One of the most popular temples of the Japanese nation, is perched, apparently precariously, on a steep hill to the east of the city center. The temple was founded as early as 798, although most of the current building dates back to 1633. It ‘a place that offers a splendid view of the city, in summer quite crowded so it is recommended to arrive early to avoid the crush .

Kyoto Imperial Palace
It was the residence of the imperial family of Japan until 1868, when Tokyo became the imperial capital. The current building, which is located in the spacious Kyoto Imperial Park, is a reconstruction dating back to 1855, since the old building caught fire and was destroyed completely. Visitors must fill out an application at the office of the Imperial Household Agency in order to participate in a guided tour of the palace. There are no restrictions for the use of the surrounding land, which are very pleasant to walk for a walk.

Nijo Castle
Walking distance to the southwest of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto is the Nijo Castle, built by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Edo shogunate. Famous for its Momoyama architecture, interiors and beautiful decorations, this castle is one of several sites of Kyoto recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Ryoanji Temple
Contains a famous Zen garden designed for contemplation and consists of 15 raked sand interrupted by rocks.

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