Welcome to Kyoto!
Welcome to Kyoto – The city of Ten Thousand Shrines
Kyoto was the ancient imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years. With more than 1.4 million people, Kyoto is located in Kansai region in the central part of the island of Honshu. Due to its historical significance, the city was excluded from the list of target cities during World War II. Indeed, as its nickname suggests, there are a lot of old temples and shrines, that is the reason why the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto” are listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. If you leave aside the amazing architecture, you can also enjoy the rich culinary tradition of this city which offers a mix of delicious dishes. These food and drinks make visitors remember Kyoto and want to return. Moreover, if you are a “Party Animal”, clubs and bars are open till late in the night. Kyoto has the 4th best night-life in Japan.
Thus, to sum up, Kyoto is such a great place to visit and here is some information you should note for having a good trip in this city.
Information and facts
As you know, Kyoto has the 4th best night-life in Japan and also a rich urban culture with an artistic and cultural scene. But in fact, most of the tourists take the bus to their hotels, eat an early dinner and go to bed when temples and shrines are closed, around 4pm for most of them. But of course, for those interested in pushing into the night there are several options and, if you are one of them, this topic is made for you! There is a list of every areas you would like to go, and don't worry, clubs and bars run late every night of the week:
-Bars in Kyoto:
-A Bar: 2/F Reiho Building, Nishi Kiyamachi
-Ace Café: 10 Floor Empire Building, Kiyamachi Sanjo Agaru
-Ishimaru Shoten: 13 Roji, Kiyamachi Sanjo Agaru
-Pig & Whistle (British Pub): 2/F Shobi Building, North side of Sanjo
-The Gael Irish Pub: 2/F above the drug store, north of Shijo/Nawate
-Agave: 3/F of Times Building, south west of Sanjo
-Shirakaba: 34 Nakaoji-cho, Yoshida Kita-Ku, City-Center
-Clubs in Kyoto:
-Lab Tribe: 366 Ichinofunairicho, Nakagyo
-Club Metro: B1/F Ebisu Building, Kawabata-Marutamachi
-Club World (the biggest one): 97 Shinmachi Shijo-Agaru Nishi-Kiyamachi
Festivals in Kyoto are celebrated with fervour. There are three Kyoto's famous festivals and they are Japanese's pride and joy.
One of them is called “Aoi festival” or also known as the “Kamo festival” and is held at both the Kamigamo and Shimogamo shrine. During this event, which takes place every May 15, the main attraction is a large parade in Kyoto, in which over 500 people dressed in traditional clothes and walk from the Imperial place to the Kamo Shrines. The refined charm of the envoy and public servants parading represents old-style Kyoto.
An other festival, called the Jidai Matsuri, takes place every year on October 22, it's the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. It also consists of a large parade from the Imperial place to Heian shrine, there are about 2000 participants who are dressed in accurate costumes from almost every period of Japanese history, this festival covers the 1100 years during which Kyoto was the national capital. Old-style demeanour and interesting items of clothing belonging to the Yarimochi, Kasamochi, Kyosekimochi and Warajitori groups may be seen.
The last one is called Gion festival. It's perhaps one of the best known in Japan and for sure the most longest. Indeed, July is the month of the Gion Matsuri festival, and the highlight is the splendid pageant of some 30 floats proceeding on the main streets of Kyoto.
Kyoto is also a shopper's paradise with two main shopping districts which are The Kyoto Station area and Downtown Kyoto. Kyoto is a great place to buy traditional and modern Japanese goods. So, here's a list of the best shops in Kyoto, just for shopping addicts, especially for you ladies!
-Fashion Center Shimamura Yamashina Sanjo: 83 Takehananishinoguchicho, Yamashina Ward
-Balenciaga Kyoto Takashimaya: 52 Shin-cho Kawaramachi, Shijodori Nishi-Iru
-Burberry: 79 Shijo Takakura, Shimogyo-ku
-Mimuro: 294 Tamatsushima-cho, Simogyo-ku
-Yuzuiro: North side of Sanjo, Westin Miyako
-Morita Washi: 1F Kajinoha Building, 298 Ogisakaya-cho, Higashinotoin-dori, Bukkoji agaru, Shimogyo-ku
-Kamiji Kakimoto: 54 Tokiwagi-cho, Teramachi-dori, Nijo agaru, Nakagyo-ku
-Zohiko: 10 Okazaki Saishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku
-Aritsugu: 219 Kajiya-cho, Nishikikoji-dori, Gokomachi nishi iru, Nakagyo-ku
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