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Kyoto was the capital city of Japan for more than a thousand years, more exactly from 794 until 1868. Located in the Honshu island is the seventh largest city in Japan and has a population of more than 1.5 million people. Kyoto has an incomparable architectural heritage, around the city are the Buddhist temples, Shinto Shrines, gorgeous palaces and many green areas of different type and size, furthermore there are the Japan's most important works of art as well as one of the best cuisine in the country.

Kyoto means capital city, despite it`s not the capital city anymore it preserves that name, the city is a metropolitan area and a very modern city, but it also maintains the origins of Japan, many visitors say it's a live japanese museum, the wooden houses and the geishas walking in the streets form an ancestral environment.

Many places in Kyoto are worth to visit, specially the Temples and museums, if you want to choose where to begin your visit you may consider to go first to the Higashiyama district and take a walk between Kiyomizu-dera and Ginkaku-ji, on the way you'll find also museums, temples and gardens.

Gion Festival in Kyoto Tourism is one of the economic main activities in Kyoto, its cultural places are visited very often by students from other Japanese cities and also by foreign visitors who decide to know one of the most beautiful cities in Japan. If you want to take with you anything typical from this city buy some Kyoto's kimono, this city is the principal place of kimono's manufacture and you surely find some made for you, if you want there are also traditional craft.

This city suffered the ravages of time, the earthquakes and fire, but it was rebuilt time after time becoming now the second most beautiful city in Japan, the Gion Festival takes place here and is one of the biggest festivals in Japan, lasts all July and the city gets crowded of people playing and japanese food vendors, it's a tradition to go to this festival wearing yukata and geta, special japanese clothes, this festival was created when a plague attacked Kyoto's citizens and after this festival it's said the plague was gone, since then every summer is celebrated the Gion Matsuri.

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