Kyoto, a peek into the past

The capital of Japan for over a thousand years, Kyoto is on the bucket list of every traveler. Well, what makes it so special? Is it breathtaking Imperial palaces, world famous shrines, beautiful cherry blossoms, or mesmerizing festival customs? Let's take a look at what Kyoto has to offer!

Imperial Palaces Home to Japan's Imperial family until 1868, the Kyoto Imperial Palace is one of the most sought after attractions in the city. The palace is located in the Kyoto Imperial park, alongside the Sento Imperial Palace. Often, people visit this place to enjoy the aesthetic pleasure derived from a serene and tranquil environment. Formerly, advanced reservations and guided tours were required to enter the premises. However, visitors can now see the the palace buildings and gardens without any reservations, but note that none of the buildings can be entered.

Shrines Kyoto is famous for its religious structures (shrines). The most famous of these shrines in Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari shrine is known for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. This Shinto shrine has ancient origins, predating the capital's move to Kyoto in 794. While most people visit the shrine to explore the mountain trails, the buildings are even more amazing.

Cherry Blossom You can see cherry blossoms in bloom all over Kyoto during sakura season but there’s are several particular places which provide stunning cherry blossom panoramas. The Philosopher's path, Maruyama park, Arashiyama and Heian shrine offer the most exquisite view of the cherry blossoms. The bad part - occur only during the March - April period:( .

Famous Festivals Kyoto is well known for its traditional festivals which have been held for over 1000 years and are a major tourist attraction.The first is the Aoi Matsuri on May 15. Two months later (July 1 to 31) is the Gion Matsuri known as one of the 3 great festivals of Japan, culminating in a massive parade on July 17. You might just be in time to take part in this annual extravaganza!

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