Kyoto has been one of the historical centers of Japan being the previous capital of the country during its Imperial times. Today the city is still a bustling place and an integral part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. The city had its fair share of destruction through the years and because of its priceless historical value the city was spared from the atomic bomb and the air raids of World War 2. It became home to numerous temples, shrines and historical sites that attract tourist all around the globe.
Here is a short list of amazing sites that you can visit in Kyoto.
Nijo Castle or Nijo-jo is the symbol of the great power to military warlords of the feudal Japan. According to Japan Guide, the castle was built as a residence to the first shogun of the Edo Period, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The main highlight of the place is the East Gate entrance or Karamon Gate that has Chinese origins, Ninomaru Palace and the Hall of the Imperial Emissary.
Ryoan-Ji Temple is one of the seventeen UNESCO Heritage Site located in Kyoto. The place is a Zen temple and is accessible to anyone provided that they remove their shoes upon entering as stated by Travelocafe. As a Zen temple, the garden facilitates meditation and simplicity.
Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
This 500 meter long footpath bordered by towering bamboo trees is one of the must see attraction when visiting Kyoto. Walking into the majestic grove takes anyone into a whole different world filled with tranquility and peace. The place will be accessible from Zen Tenryu-ji Temple and the walk through the bamboo paradise is free of charge.
Kokudera is commonly known as the Moss Temple and is also one of UNESCO Heritage Sites. The entrance to the temple is quite difficult as guests are required to have an advance reservation through mail. However, all efforts will be worthy as you can enter a garden full of an estimated 120 different varieties of moss cultured to perfection.
Fushimi Sake District
Like drinking? Fushimi Sake District is a must-visit. The district is a sake paraadise that is home to numerous traditional sake breweries in the country. The famous sakes that are produced in the area are products of the clean and soft water from the underground springs in the area. Many of the buildings in the area are preserved to their traditional appearance with wood and white-plaster walls.