Japan isn't just about robots, skyscrapers and high-speed trains because there are still lots of places where the old ways are still practiced. One of them is Kyoto where temples, shrines and traditional ceremonies are still preserved. This city is a blast from the past and here are five things you need to know before visiting.
For more than 1,000 years, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan not until 1869 when the imperial court was transferred to Tokyo during the Imperial Restoration. It's no wonder why Kyoto is home to 2,000 Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples up to this day. The city is also the birthplace of traditional practices like flower arranging and the tea ceremony.
While Tokyo has grown into a modern metropolis, Kyoto is still rich in culture as it holds on to its traditions. According to Lonely Planet, travelers can get a glimpse of ancient Japan by visiting the streets of Nishijin or Gion and witness traditional Japanese townhouses. Or shop at an old shōtengai (market street) and look for authentic Japanese food and items while white-faced geishas pass by.
Best Time To Travel
Even though Kyoto has hot and humid summers and intensely cold winters, travelers can still visit and appreciate its attractions all year round. Spring is the best time to witness the glorious cherry blossoms while Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the mild cool weather and see the city's attractions. But Spring and Autumn are peak times so these two seasons are not suited for travelers who don't like crowds.
Traveling On A Tight Budget
According to The Telegraph, Inside Japan tours has amazing offers that provide travelers self-guided tours. It has a 9-night trip where guests can spend 3 nights in Kyoto that includes a tour guide, food and accommodation. The tour also includes stays in Hakone and Tokyo with a total of about $2000 per person
Tips and Hacks
Kyoto is a tourist hot spot so expect large crowds taking selfies everywhere. To avoid rush hours, you should visit famous attractions during opening time or closing time.
Kyoto is a beautiful place that's really worth a visit. However, travelers need to know these things first so they would enjoy more and get the most out of their trip.