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A major industrial city in Japan, Kyoto was once the capital of the country. The city's landmark is the Kyoto Imperial Palace, in addition to a number of heritage temples. The Hotel Mume is very popular among the tourists.

The Kyoto City in Japan is the capital of the Kyoto Prefecture. In AD 794, the new city of Heiankyo, which became the seat of the imperial court of Japan, was renamed Kyoto. Kyoto was earlier known as Saikyo. It was the capital until the government shifted to Edo in 1868. Kyoto was designated on September 1, 1956 and is now considered the cultural center of Japan.

Tourist Attractions in Kyoto : 

Because of its cultural heritage, the Kyoto City draws a large number of tourists. Here are some of the must-see attractions in the Kyoto City : 
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace : This erstwhile residence of the imperial family of Japan has grand furnishings and intricate designs. Tours to the palace can be reserved in advance by calling at the Imperial Household Agency office.

  • Sanjusangendo Hall :  It is the longest wooden building in Japan, featuring rows of grand statues of the goddess of mercy, Kannon.
There are over a thousand statues surrounding the central figure of goddess, carved during the Kamakura Period.
  • Kiyomizu-dera : This pure-water temple is a renowned religious site in the country. It offers a panoramic view of Kyoto city from the terrace. The temple waters are said to have healing powers.

Some of the other attractions in the city are : 
  • Nijo Castle
  • Nishiki Market
  • Shorenin Temple
  • Shugakuin Villa
  • Ryoanji Temple
  • Sanzenin Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kyoto Handicraft Center

Some of the other attractions in the city are : 
  • Nijo Castle
  • Nishiki Market
  • Shorenin Temple
  • Shugakuin Villa
  • Ryoanji Temple
  • Sanzenin Temple
  • Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Kyoto Handicraft Center

Transportation in Kyoto : 

Airports : 
The Kansai International Airport serves as the main entrance to the city from other parts of the world. The city has an extensive rail network that covers the entire country. Rail network which operate in the city’s Kansai region include - Hankyu, Kintetsu and Keihan. Kyoto Municipal Subway in the city is operated by Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau from tow lines - Tozai Line and Karasuma Line.

The city does not have its own airport, so travelers have to come to the city from either Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport in Osaka. Passengers can use The Haruka Express; with this, they can reach Kyoto Station from Kansai Airport in 73 minutes. From Osaka International Airport, passengers can get buses to both Itami Airport and Kyoto Station in an hour, by paying around 1,280 yen for a one-way ride.

Buses : 
The buses managed by Kyoto's municipal bus network operate inside the city. Mostly, bus fares are fixed and tourist can use the one-day bus pass for small trips. All information about bus timings, routes and tickets/passes is available at the bus information center outside the central station.

Meishin Expressway is the main road which connects Kyoto with other parts of Japan. The national highways, which run through the city, include: Route 1, Route 8, Route 9, Route 24, Route 162, Route 477, Route 171, Route 367, and Route 478.

Hotels in Kyoto : 

Travelers in Kyoto have the option to choose from traditional Japanese-style and western-style hotels. Traditional hotel in Japan include:
Hotel Iida :  Located close to the station, the hotel has tatami rooms of various sizes. Western-style room with single bed is also available here, along with Japanese tea and snacks.

The city does not have its own airport, so travelers have to come to the city from either Kansai International Airport or Itami Airport in Osaka. Passengers can use The Haruka Express; with this, they can reach Kyoto Station from Kansai Airport in 73 minutes. From Osaka International Airport, passengers can get buses to both Itami Airport and Kyoto Station in an hour, by paying around 1,280 yen for a one-way ride.

Hotel Sugicho :  Located near the shrines and geisha quarters, the hotel features tatami rooms, futon bedding and all other modern Western facilities.

Kyoto Brighton Hotel and Hotel Granvia are also comfortable, western-style hotels in the Kyoto city. Facilities at these hotels are a blend of traditional and western styles. The rooms are stylishly decorated and both the hotels offer complimentary wireless internet access to guests. Some of the other hotels in Kyoto are:
  • Hotel Mume
  • Hotel Granvia Kyoto
  • Hotel Monterey Kyoto
  • The Westin Miyako Kyoto
  • Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto
  • Citadines Kyoto Karasuma Gojo
  • Dormy Inn Premium Kyoto Ekimae