Introduction to Kyoto


Toji Temple
Maiko on their way to work to perform for their patrons, Miyagawa-Cho
Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion
Little tori to express one's wishes

The ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto is the cultural and historical heart of Japan. Kyoto is probably the best place in Japan to enjoy the beauty of the country, its culture, its people, its numerous traditional Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines with their beautiful gardens and treasures. It’s the best place to encounter the mysterious geisha and maiko, attend various festivals, discover excellent restaurants and amazing shops. In short, Kyoto is the most interesting and rewarding destination in all of Japan.

There is so much to see and do in Kyoto, it is difficult to know where to begin.  Here are a few recommended web sites to get you started.  We will post more information, both practical and touristic shortly.

If you want to see a few photos of various aspects of Kyoto, have a look at:


For a website dedicated to Japan in general, I highly recommend you to check out “Japan Experience” website 

And for various information about visiting Kyoto, check out the following web sites:

Japan Guide:

Kyoto City Official Travel Guide:

Inside Kyoto: