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The traditional center of art and culture

Iga Nara Osaka Koyasan Ise Shima Kyoto Kobe Himeji
Map of the Kinki region
Map of the Kinki region
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than 1000 years, from 794 AD, when the capital was relocated from Nara, to 1868 when the capital again relocated (this time to Tokyo) following the Meiji Restoration. For over ten centuries, Japanese culture centered on and evolved around the reigning Kyoto based Emperors with magnificent results.
Spared the ravages of WWII, (Kyoto fortunately avoided the fires that swept other cities) so many ancient temples and shrines remain standing and have been thus able to retain their true character. This slice of fortune has lead directly to Kyoto retaining some of Japan's best sightseeing spots with many of them only enhanced by the changes in the seasons that seem to envelop them throughout the year.
Various traditions and works of art were initiated and developed in Kyoto over the centuries and over 70 kinds of high-quality craft products are still made in the city today. These include the renowned Nishijinori, Kyoyuzen, Kyoningyo and Kyosensu works among others with all associated production techniques being passed down to the artists of today by the experts of yesterday.
Another side effect of the magnificent history, culture and climate of Kyoto is the unique local cuisine.
Elaborate and seasonal, Kyoto's finest cuisine always offers that perfect culinary journey along the avenues of Japanese food of days gone by.

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Hotaiko Hanami Gyoretsu (Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Parade)
Hotaiko Hanami Gyoretsu (Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s Parade)

- Daigo-ji Temple, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
- 13:00-15:00, April 13 (Sun), 2014

This parade is based on a big party, called "Daigo no Hanami," held by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the warrior who unified the country in the late 16th century, under the cherry trees in Daigo-ji Temple. About 200 people in gorgeous costumes of Hideyoshi, his wife, and other related people parade from Sampo-in under about 1,000 blooming cherry trees in the precincts.
Spring Special Opening of Taizo-in in Myoshin-ji Temple
Spring Special Opening of Taizo-in in Myoshin-ji Temple

- Taizo-in, Myoshin-ji Temple, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
- March 29 (Sat)-April 20 (Sun), 2014

Taizo-in, the tatchu (sub-temple) of Myoshin-ji Temple, one of the biggest Zen temples in Japan, will be open to the public during the cherry blossom season. Enjoy the gorgeous beni-shidare-zakura (weeping cherry blossom) tree, coming in full bloom in beautiful Yoko-en Garden around April 10. The blossoms are illuminated in the evening.
Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro 2014
Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro 2014

- Higashiyama area in Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
- March 14 (Fri)-23 (Sat), 2014

Hanatouro (Lantern and Flower Lane) is an annual event that produces a path connecting Shoren-in Temple in the north to Kiyomizu-dera Temple in the south, with decorations of lanterns and flowers. Various elegant events, such as the special night-time illumination of neighboring temples and shrines, and the "Ikebana (flower arrangement) Promenade," will take place to showcase Kyoto in early spring. (Japanese version only)
Sagano Trokko Train Starts Operating
Sagano Trokko Train Starts Operating

- From Sagano to Kameoka along the Hozugawa Valley, Kyoto City and Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture
- March 1 (Sat), 2014-

The trokko train, which does not run during the winter (December 30-Feburary 28), starts operation from early spring. The 7.3-km train trip through the former San'in Line offers picturesque scenery of the Hozukyo Valley. When the train passes out of each of eight tunnels, the scenery changes, much to the delight of the passengers.
Special Open to the Public of Cultural Properties in Kyoto
Special Open to the Public of Cultural Properties in Kyoto

- Around Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
- January 10 (Fri)-March 18 (Tue), 2014
*Schedule of some temples is different.

Kyoto is full of historical cultural properties including national treasures and important cultural properties. However, some properties are not usually open to the public. This campaign provides good opportunities to see such properties. Gardens, buildings, fusuma sliding door paintings, and Buddha statues which can not normally be seen by the public are specially opened to the public. (Japanese version only)
All information is subject to change without notice.
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