The former imperial capital, Kyoto is a very important city in Japan's history. Many of the buildings and palaces in Kyoto are thousands of years old and the city is regarded by many to be the most beautiful in Japan. Kyoto has 17 areas listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites, most of which are temples and shrines like Kinkaku Temple
. Kyoto Station
is a popular entry point into the city and, as with most of Japan, the rail network provides access to all the city's most important sites. The two most impressive imperial retreats, Imperial Palace and Sentō Imperial Palace, are located in central Kyoto. The gardens are extensive and particularly beautiful during cherry blossom season and in autumn when the colors of the leaves change.
Katsura Imperial Villa is located in Western Kyoto and Shugakuin Imperial Villa is located in the north. Kyoto's nightlife is concentrated around the Kiyamachi area in central Kyoto. There are hundreds of bars ranging from pubs to exclusive bars all throughout the area, as well as restaurants and night clubs. Kyoto is a city rich in history and charm, and visitors to this area will not be in want of exciting and interesting activities.
There’s much more to see and learn about Kyoto, and the interactive map on this page is a great way to find out where the attractions and hotels can be found in this exciting city.