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.
- Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
- December 25 (Tue), 2013
Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is famous as "Tenjin-san of Kitano" and is the comprehensive head shrine of Japan's Tenmangu shrines in which Sugawara Michizane, patron deity of learning, is enshrined. Related to June 25, Michizane's birthday, and February 25, date of his death, fairs are held on the 25th of every month in the precincts. In particular, the fair held on December 25 is called "Shimai Tenjin" and attracts many people from all over the country as one of the final, annual ritual observances in Kyoto.
- Arashiyama area, Ukyo-ku / Saga area, Ukyo-ku and Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
- December 14 (Sat)-23 (Mon), 2013
A 5-km street in the Saga and Arashiyama areas is illuminated with lanterns, which make a romantic Japanese atmosphere, and decorated with large ikebana works - Japanese traditional art flower arrangement - against the backdrop of beautiful landscapes comprising the river, bamboo groves, historic and cultural sites, and hills. This is sure to fascinate visitors and entice them to walk along this magical way. Some temples, shrines and facilities specially open, hold special exhibits, or are lit-up.
- Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
- November 15 (Fri)-December 8 (Sun), 2013 (starting at 6:30 p.m., admission ends at 9:30 p.m.)
The famous "Stage of Kiyomizu" and the west gate of the temple will both be illuminated against a backdrop of red momiji leaves, under the night sky of this ancient capital. A traditional Japanese garden, Jojuin, known as the "Moon Garden," which is usually closed to visitors will also be opened from November 17 through December 8, 2013.
- Ninna-ji Temple, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
- October 1 (Tue)-November 24 (Sun), 2013
A lot of buildings in the Ninna-ji Temple compound are designated national treasures or important cultural properties. A variety of cultural properties are on display at Reiho-kan Hall of the temple. In spring and autumn every year in particular, many Buddha statues and paintings, including the Amida trinity statue group, which is a national treasure, are open to the public at Reiho-kan.
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