Where is Kyoto Located

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Where is Kyoto Located

There are a number of places worth visiting in Kyoto. The Japanese gardens, the Buddhist temples, the Shinto shrines and Ryokan are some places worth visiting. There are also a number of beautiful places of accommodation in Kyoto. If you want you can also enjoy the delicious meal in this place.

Kyoto actually is a place in Japan. In fact, when you close your eyes and imagine Japan then you actually think about Kyoto. It is considered to be the historical as well as the cultural heart of the city. You can visit Kyoto any time during the year. The weather here is extremely comfortable. It is neither very hot nor too cold. It is also not too humid. The rainy season here is also quite enjoyable.

Kyoto is located in eastern mountainous region of Tamba highlands of Kansai, in japan. It is surrounded by mountains and 40kms away from Osaka. Kyoto was the former capital city of japan known as Heian-kyo but now it is capital of Kyoto area. Latitude and longitude coordinates for Kyoto are 35.0116° N, 135.7680° E. Lowest elevation of Kyoto is 9 meters (30 ft.) and highest elevation is 971 meters (3,186 ft.). Elevation difference is because of plain ground and mountains. Kyoto is considered as most beautiful city of japan. The estimated population of Kyoto is 2.6 million people and it makes it 8th largest populated city of Japan. you can reach it by bullet train from Tokyo in over two hours.

Position of Kyoto highlighted on a map
Location of Kyoto on Japan map

The third largest city in Japan is Kyoto. It is also the oldest city of Kyoto. This city was
originally named Heian in the year 794. The years between 794 and 1185 were the golden
days of the city.

In past, Kyoto was the largest city in Japan, but now Tokyo surpassed and become largest city. It is among those cities in Japan which are really untouched by bombing in World War. Kyoto is known for its International environmental treaty which was Signed in 11 December 1997 to protect earth against global warming. Tofu, Kaiseki, Shojin ryori and Kyo-wagashi are few famous foods of Kyoto.

Kyoto map and Kyoto point of interest

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Kyoto tourist attractions

If you are planning to visit Japan then make sure that you plan to stay in Kyoto for a few days. Otherwise you will miss the opportunity of staying in one of the best cities in Asia. Going to this place in Japan will surely create a memorable experience. There are a number of beautiful shrines, shops, geisha, restaurants, gardens and temples present here. A number of festivals also occur in Kyoto. In fact, it is believed that Kyoto is the most rewarding city in the entire Asia.

You can actually spend a lot of time in Kyoto. You can be rest assured that you will never regret your decision. If you have time for a week in hand, then the best option for you would be to at least spend 4 days in Kyoto.

There are a number of places worth visiting in Kyoto. The Japanese gardens, the Buddhist temples, the Shinto shrines and Ryokan are some places worth visiting. There are also a number of beautiful places of accommodation in Kyoto. If you want you can also enjoy the delicious meal in this place.

When you go to Kyoto the best option for you is to stay in Ryokan. A traditional inn in Japan is referred to as ryokan. Apart from these inns there are also a number of very good hotels here. You can also rent a machiya that is a traditional townhouse in Kyoto. Apart from these there are also a number of backpacker hostels and guest houses present here.

Though most people believe that staying in Kyoto is very expensive. However, the actual fact is that it is not. In fact, if you want you can actually stay in this place at a very reasonable price.

Kyoto is the nation’s most beautiful city. Its Imperial structure, countless Buddhist temples, shrines and historical structures are both amazing and overwhelming. You can visit some of these destinations to feel happy. here is the list of top 5 tourist places to visit ->

1. Kiyomizu-dera

It is a Buddhist temple located in eastern Kyoto. It is listed as UNESO world heritage site. The name of temple comes from the fall’s pure waters. It is local belief that drinking the water here conveys wish-granting powers.

kiyomizu dera
kiyomizu dera temple from outside

 

2. Arashiyama district

It is located in western outskirts of Kyoto, and is a most popular destination for tourists. It is famous for the cherry blossoms in spring, moreover, for the fall colors of tress in the autumn. the major Tourist attractions are Togetsukyo Bridge, Katsura Imperial Villa, and the bamboo forest which is the symbol of Arashiyama.

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest

3. Fushimi Inari Shrine

Main fushimi Inari shrine located at the base of the 233-meter-tall inari mountains. It may take up to 2 hours reach the shrine. you need to walk through thousands of amazing Vermillion torii gates to reach the forest, you can see many statues of foxes which is messenger of God inari. Inari is the god of rice according to locals.

Fushimi Inari Shrine
Front Gate of Fushimi Inari Shrine

4. Kyoto Imperial Palace

Imperial family used to live in Imperial palace, before the emperor moved the capital from Kyoto to Tokyo in 1868. It is located in the Imperial Park which is known as Kyōto Gyoen in Japanese. 

Kyoto Imperial Palace
Kyoto Imperial Palace

5. Kinkaku-ji

Kinkakuji temple is three storey Zen Buddhist temple with top two floor covered in gold leaf. It is also known as the Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Official name of this temple is Rokuon-ji. Each level of the building was designed in a different three historical architecture style. First floor with Shinden style, second floor with bukke style and third and the last one with style of a Chinese Zen Hall. There is also a gold Phoenix on the top of Kinkakuji temple.

Kinkaku-ji temple

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