Three Reasons to Visit Kyoto

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Kyoto Travel

Sean Kemery has worked on Wall Street for 15 years and is currently a senior trader with Deutsche Bank. When he’s not working, Sean Kemery enjoys travel. He lists Kyoto, Japan, and Queenstown, New Zealand, among his favorite places.

Although Tokyo is the capital of Japan, Kyoto may be the country’s cultural capital, and it draws many visitors. Here are three reasons to plan a trip to Kyoto:

1. Temples and shrines: Kyoto is home to more than 1,600 Buddhist, Zen, and Shinto temples and shrines. Of these, the most famous is the Fushimi-Inari shrine complex, which was founded in 711 AD and is easily recognizable to many visitors who have seen its red-lacquered gates in photos and movies.

2. Beautiful scenery: Kyoto is most famously known for its hanami (cherry-blossom viewing), but the city is surrounded by breathtaking natural wonders, such as the impressive Hozu River gorge and the tranquil Arashiyama bamboo forest.

3. Food and drink: Japanese seasonal culinary art was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2013, and Kyoto offers many delicious dining options, such as Nakamura restaurant, with its beautiful and tasty sushi sets. Furthermore, Kyoto is a great place to try traditional sake, since the drink has been brewed in the town since the 16th century.