Videogallery: Japan, Kyoto – In the Former Capital
Japan, Kyoto – In the Former Capital
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Kyoto had been Japanese capital for many centuries until Tokyo replaced it. The latter is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. There are hundreds of shrines, beautiful winding streets, the best of Japanese cuisine... Allied bombing almost did not hit the city during the WWII. Therefore, you can enjoy its thousand years old history everywhere in this city.
When you see it on a map it looks rather unremarkable, an archipelago in east Asia. Yet it is a country of amazing history, traditions, nature, and it is an economic powerhouse. You can expect anything before your first trip to Japan. Be sure that the country will surprise you anyway. Perhaps even more than you think.
It almost seems that the second largest city in Japan would look similar to the largest one. However, I was neatly surprised. Osaka can be really different which I found out right after the arriva. But this happens not everyhwere all the time - the city is full of people. If take a good look oyu discover its great magic.
A city where deers roam freely? No problem in Japan. If you feed one, it bows to you. This is only one of the reasons why Nara is a place you need to visit. It is situated near Osaka and Kyoto in the region of Kansai. But there is much more to it than deers. Nara is famous for its shrines, palaces and cuisine. Tōdai-ji is the largest wooden structure in the world.
A dot on the map with seemingly to improtance. But in my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I talk about the sacred mountain valley of Kōya in Kansai region near Osaka. There are over one hundred beautiful shrines and Okunoin - the largest cemetery in Japan. It is the type of place you wouldn´t like to leave.
There are so many attractions in Japan that it is difficult to go somewhere without having particular destination in mind. To stay at an old Japanese house was difficult to resist. Japanese countryside is way different from city. Eventually, it is more charming.
Most of the visitors to Kyoto remain in downtown and they often forget there are many beautiful places around the city. Daigo-ji, a shrine compound, is such a place. The half-an-hour ride by subway is sure worth it.
It was Japanese capital for centuries. Today, it is far from the size of Tokyo yet it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Should we recommend you but one place where to go, Kyoto it would be.
Nagoya is the third largest city in Japan. Many forget to visit it, unfortunately. There are many interesting places and should you have enough time, spend there a day and night at least. You won't regret.
The capital of Japan seems endless. And it is sort of true- it is not just one city but it is seamless megalopolis in the Kanto region. Around 40 million people live there. Still, it is very easy to feel there like in a small town.
We find ghost towns all over the world, but one of the most interesting ghost islands in the world is located in Japan, near Nagasaki. Hashima or Gunkan-jima (Warship Island) is one of the 505 uninhabited islands belonging to Japan. However, this one is absolutely unique.
Former Japanese capital of Kyoto has about two thousand shrines. Mostly these are Buddhist, about quarter of them is shinto. Sometimes these are vast compounds, in other cases only small shrines hidden in the streets. Let's see some of them.