More about Kyoto Japan
Located in the Kansai region, 226 miles south west of the capital, Kyoto is cocooned in a valley with green mountains rising protectively around it.The city centre is surprisingly easy to navigate, thanks to a simple public transport network (just two subway lines) and its grid system, inspired by ancient feng shui. A good starting point is Higashiyama in the south east of the city, home to a cornucopia of heritage delights from temples and shrines to artisan shops.
You may meet some ‘maiko,’ young dancing entertainers, who walk in long hanging-sleeved kimono in the Gion district, see the townscape characterized with popular 19th century style latticework, and visit the Nishijin where they weave traditional ‘Nishijin-ori’ textiles with vividly colored threads. The festivals in Kyoto are famous not only in Japan, but are also known worldwide. The three major festivals of Kyoto are the Aoi-matsuri Festival in early summer, the Gion-matsuri Festival in mid-summer and the Jidai-matsuri Festival in fall. There is also the Gozan-no-Okuribi, more commonly known as Daimonji-yaki, held on the night of Urabon (August 16th). During this festival numerous torches are ignited on the five mountains surrounding Kyoto, with the flames laid out to form a letter or figure. It is a summer event known both at home and abroad.
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