Kyoto – an authentic Japanese experience
While most cosmopolitan Asian cities experiment with ultra modern architectural design, Kyoto stays true to its traditional past and aesthetic, especially since restrictions kept Kyoto from becoming just another large Japanese metropolis.
It’s no wonder that Kyoto was voted number one ‘Best city in the World’ in 2015 by Travel & Leisure unanimously by the magazine’s readers.
Although everyone in Kyoto lives in the 21st century, quite often you will see women and sometimes men of all ages – dressed in kimonos – blending into the daily street scenes. On occasion, in the Gion district, you may see ornately dressed geishas bow in and out of traditional teahouses. Daily life is calm, and the heart of Kyoto lies along the Kamogawa river; an ideal place for an afternoon bicycle ride or evening stroll along the scenic path. Kyoto has many areas that are deserving of your precious time: ancient temples and shrines, Kyoto Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle, Gion shopping area and much more …
Kyoto was not bombed during World War II, so much more of the old city remains as it was since several centuries. Kyoto is home to hundreds of temples and first-time visitors should guard against temple ‘burnout’ by taking the best in small doses and frequently rest in lovely traditional tea shops. No visits are completed before trying the traditional onsen (Japanese style bath and sauna) and eating a full kaiseki course at a ryokan.