Kyoto was the capital of Japan for many years, attracting many Japanese as well as foreign tourists, to enjoy traditional performing arts and historic buildings.
We will introduce some major tourist attractions in Kyoto and secret spots where the locals go.
Major Tourist attractions in Kyoto
Speaking of must visit attraction in Kyoto, you should definitely visit “Rokuonji”, known as Kinkakuji (the Golden Pavilion). Kinkakuji was built in 1397 by Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, the 3rd Shogun of the Muromachi Shogunate. The pond is so still that the reflection of the Golden Temple is mirror-image perfect for taking photos. Don’t miss the phoenix ornament on top of the temple.
Behind the “Kiyomizudera”, one of the most famous temples in Japan, there is a shrine dedicated to love. There are 2 stones in front of the shrine. It is said that you will find love, if you find your way from one stone to the other with your eyes closed. In addition, there is a gong that is said to make your wish come true if you ring it 3 times and pray.
It is a perfect spot for those seeking the perfect match.
A “Maiko”, often wearing a brightly colored kimono, performing dances, is also popular in Kyoto. You can try on a “Maiko” costume at some “Kimono” rental shops. “Henshin studio Geisha cafe” is recommended for those who want to cosplay “Maiko”, men costumes are also available.
Kyoto’s secret spots
There are many nice spots besides the major places.
“Fushimi-Inari Taisha”(shrine,) where countless vermilion Torii (gates) are lined up, is the head shrine of about 30,000 Inari Shrines nationwide. You can visit the Shrine anytime of the day.
Unlike other shrines in Kyoto dedicated to love/good relationship, people visit “Yasui Konpiragu” shrine to end a bad relationship. The shrine has a big stone with an oval hole in the middle. It is said that you can cut off bad relationships by going through the hole.
Gourmet of Kyoto
“Natto mochi”, appeared in the video, is not a very common food even for Japanese people. It is wrapped “natto” (fermented
soybeans) inside rice cakes. Some people say Kyoto is the birthplace of “natto”, so it is definitely worth a try.
The adult female snow crab (Matsubagani) is called “Copegani” which can be eaten only during the winter time. Their popping texture eggs are very tasty.
There re countless temples and shrines to visit in Kyoto, so when you come to visit Kyoto, decide on which temple or shrine to visit depending on your wish.
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