Timeless, elegant, tranquil: It’s no wonder Kyoto attracts almost four million international tourists a year. Japan’s capital from the eighth to the 19th centuries, the city was spared major damage during World War II and retains its architectural heritage and old-world charm.
In today’s Kyoto, deep-rooted traditions thrive in a 21st-century metropolis. The ancient temples, inspiring nature, bustling markets, contemporary art scene, and culinary culture beckon travelers of all types to explore the city’s hidden treasures.
Discover 20 of Kyoto’s highlights and hidden gems
In this historic city, age-old traditions mingle with a modern metropolis.
by Nano Betts
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