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Japan guide”Let’s go to Kyoto”

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Contents

  1. Why is Kyoto so popular for tourists?
2. World Heritage Sites in Kyoto

3. Location of Kyoto

4. Climate in Kyoto

5. Summary

Kyoto is one of the most important city in Japan.  I will tell you about Kyoto.

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Why is Kyoto so popular for tourists?

Kyoto was the capital of Japan and home of the Emperor for over 1000 years.  This city is full of tourist attractions, of which many are designated as World Heritage Sites.  Over the centuries, Kyoto suffered destruction due to many wars and fires.  However, because of its historic value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and spared from air raids during WWⅡ.  As a result, countless old temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures remain preserved in the city today.

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World Heritage Sites in Kyoto

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than 1000 years after 794.  Thirteen temples, three shrines and the Nijo Castle are all registered as World Heritage Sites.

Kinkakuji ( Golden Pavilion)

The most memorable for visiting is Kinkakuji or Golden Pavilion, originally constructed in 1224.  Its stunning image embossed with gold leaf and reflected in the pond is indescribable.   The famous novel kinkakuji by Yukio Mishima is based on the incident in 1950 when a young monk obsessed by the temple’s beauty, set fire to it and burnt it down.

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Kiyomizu temple

Kiyomizu temple is built out over a cliff and is famous for its wide veranda and tall wooden pillars.  Temple is also well known for the idiom “jumping from the veranda of Kiyomizu Temple” which meas they are about to undertake some particularly bold or daring adventure.

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Location of Kyoto

Kyoto is located in the valley part of the Yamashiro Basin in the eastern part of the mountainous region known as the Tamba highlands.  The Yamashiro Basin is surrounded on three sides by mountains known as Higashiyama and Nishiyama, with a height just above 1000meters  above sea level.

There are three rivers in the basin, the Ujigawa to the south, the Katsuragawa to the west, and the Kamogawa to the east.

Climate in Kyoto

Kyoto has a humid subtropical climate, featuring a marked seasonal variation in temperature and precipitation.

Summers are hot and humid, though contrarily, winters are relatively cold with occasional snowfall.

Kyoto’s rain season begins around the middle of June and lasts until the end of July, yielding to a hot and sunny latter half of the summer.

Kyoto, along with most of the Pacific coast and central area of Japan is prone to typhoons during September and October.

Summary

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Kyoto was the capital of Japan and home of the Emperor for over 1000 years.  This city is full of tourist attractions, of which many are designated as World Heritage Sites.

Kyoto was the capital of Japan for more than 1000 years after 794.  Thirteen temples, three shrines and the Nijo Castle are all registered as World Heritage Sites.

Kyoto is located in the valley part of the Yamashiro Basin in the eastern part of the mountainous region known as the Tamba highlands.

Kyoto has a humid subtropical climate, featuring a marked seasonal variation in temperature and precipitation.

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