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    The present buildings are a 1800s reconstruction; the original 8th-century Imperial Palace was destroyed in one of Kyoto's fires which ravaged the previous buildings.

    As you pass through the Seishomon Gate on the western side you will enter the Shishinden ceremonial hall. Here emperors are enthroned this is a privilege retained by the city of Kyoto even after the move to Tokyo, and it is where New Year's audiences are also held.

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    To the west you will find the "Serene cool chamber" known as the Seiryoden.

    This cypress-wood construction, coloured in brilliant red, white, & black, is the emperor's private chapel.  

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      • Kyoto Imperial Palace

        The present buildings are a 1800s reconstruction; the original 8th-century Imperial Palace was destroyed in one of Kyoto's fires which ravaged the previous buildings.

        As you pass through the Seishomon Gate on the western side you will enter the Shishinden ceremonial hall. Here emperors are enthroned this is a privilege retained by the city of Kyoto even after the move to Tokyo, and it is where New Year's audiences are also held.

        Kyoto Imperial Palace 3 Kyōtogyoen, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 602-0881, Japan
      • Kyoto Prefecture
        If Tokyo is the heart of Japan’s fast-paced, electronic, super-powered rat race, then Kyoto is where it comes down to earth with a culture-heavy, inspiring bump. The former capital (and near namesake of today’s) is cupped by craggy peaks, and hides watery temples, delicate castles and the kind of scenes that bring back the picturesque glories of the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’, and launch them into the present day.

        In fact, Kyoto rightly gains comparisons a plenty with classic European cities like Rome and Paris, featuring over 2000 temples and shrines, an astonishing seventeen UNESCO World Heritage sites and all the tranquil, perfectly-ordered temple gardens you could ever hope for. Follow the floaty dresses of the locals around the bamboo-encircled pathways to the tiny poets huts in the hills, and wonder the arching, spacey world of misty, mazed temples and delicate paper walls.

        If there’s one complaint about Kyoto, it’s that it’s beauty’s not as explicit as you might expect. Like many things in life, though, this city rewards perseverance. Get past the humid summers and painfully cold winters (worth enduring, perhaps, if only for the picture perfect images of Kyoto in snow) and you’ll find the origin of plenty of Japan’s defining images, from delicate temples to the seemingly countless vending machines.

        Ryoan-Ji and Ginkaku-Ji are the key temples, steeped in a Zen-influenced calm that’ll have you drifting around in silence, wondering how the world can possibly be so ordered and so clean, yet still so beautiful. In some of the smaller temples you can don robes and quirky slippers and sample monkdom, while another key taste of the city of culture can be found at Niji Castle, where delicate black on white paintings hang on every wall, and you can almost picture a Shogan stand off taking place over the towering walls. The Gion area of the city still houses the small bars and restaurants and is the place where you can spot a geisha during the day or night.

        There’s no better taste of Japanese culture and history to be found then the near-limitless supply of ancient must-sees on offer in Kyoto. To miss it off a Japanese itinerary would be utter insanity. Dig deep, explore hard, and go home with a kimono in your backpack and a tranquil smile on your face.
        Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
      • Kofukuji

        Often overlooked by visitors, but worth a visit: Kompukuji is a dry landscape garden with a steep bank of azaleas, this temple is affiliated with the Rinzai school of Zen, but also has literary associations with two of Japan's greatest haiku master: Basho and Buson.

        Kofukuji 56 Tanaka Kamiyanagichō, Sakyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 606-8205, Japan
      • Kyoto

        So well know is the name Kyoto that it conjures up images of the exotic foreign for millions around the world.

        True: as here you will discover temples, shrines and pagodas: many magnificent and exquisite Zen gardens; enjoy sumptuous traditional feasts; and, of course, that most alluring and misunderstood of earthly creatures: the kimono-clad geisha.

        Kyoto is the national center for such traditional disciplines as cha-do (tea ceremony) and ikebana (flower arranging), the birthplace of kabuki, and the leading center of calligraphy, painting, and sculpture.

        The city has a unique place in the Japanese national identity, and one-third of Japan's entire population is estimated to visit the city each year. Despite this, in many ways Kyoto is a surprisingly typical modern Japanese city with the usual nondescript concrete buildings along with the remarkable pockets of culture and beauty.

        For a thousand years, Kyoto served as the cultural and spiritual capital of Japanese civilization, the home of its revered emperors after the Nara period from the end of the 8th century up to the Meiji Restoration in the late-19th century. The imperial rulers moved the capital to Kyoto originally to escape from the growing domination of the Buddhist authorities of Nara. In the new capital the building of Buddhist temples was actually briefly banned—ironic in a city now universally renowned for its temples.

        Kyoto simply means "Capital City," though it was originally known as Heian-kyo ("Capital of Peace"), the name given to the golden Heian era between the tenth and 12th centuries. During this time Kyoto thrived as Japan's cultural and creative heartland. But the city's fortunes turned during the Warring States period (1467-1568), which was finally ended by the unifying warlords Nobunaga and Hideyoshi in the mid-6th century.

        In many ways the city has never recovered from Hideyoshi's subsequent decision to move the national capital from Kyoto to Edo (now Tokyo) in the early 1600s—a blow compounded by the young Emperor Meiji shifting the imperial household to Tokyo in 1868. But Kyoto has nevertheless remained the repository of the nation's noblest cultural pursuits and architectural legacy.

        Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
      • Muromachi Wakuden
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        Muromachi Wakuden 679 Marukizaimokuchō, Nakagyō-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 604-8106, Japan
      • Nijo Castle Ninomaru palace
        Nijo Castle is a poignant monument to the ironic twists of history. Built by ieyasu Tokugawa in 1603 for his occasional, reluctant visits to Kyoto (under imperial command), the castle was taken over by the Emperor Meiji after the restoration of 1868. It was here that the emperor signed the edict abolishing the shogunate and sent his carpenters round the castle to replace the Tokugawa hollyhock crest with the imperial chrysanthemum.
        Nijo Castle Ninomaru palace Japan, 〒604-8301 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Nijōjōchō, 二条通堀川西入二条城町541番地
      • Heian Shrine
        A huge arch (torii) spanning the main road marks the approach to the Heian Shrine. This popular shrine features a strongly Chinese-influenced design and an extensive landscaped garden considered one of Kyoto's finest, with numerous cherry trees and a large pond with an elegant pagoda linked to the shore by a covered bridge.
        Heian Shrine Okazaki Nishitennocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8341, Japan
      • Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
        The Museum of Traditional Industry presents a diverse collection of textiles, porcelain, fan, dolls, lacquerware, cutlery, and cabinetwork, with occasional live demonstrations by craftsmen.
        Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts Japan, 〒606-8343 京都府京都市左京区Sakyō-ku, Okazaki Seishōjichō, 岡崎成勝寺町9−1 京都市勧業館 みやこめっせ B1F
      • Nishiki Market

        Nishiki Market is ideal if you looking to for a change of pace and frame of mind. 

        This surprising calm and sedate market located along the street is housed under a single roofed arcade.

        Nishiki Market Japan, 〒604-8054 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Nakagyō-ku, Higashiuoyachō, 富小路通四条上る西大文字町609番地
      • National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

        National Museum of Modern Art is, despite its name, mainly devoted to 19th- and 20th-century ceramics.

        National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Japan, 〒606-8344 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Sakyō-ku, Okazaki Enshōjichō, 26−1

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      Jan -0.2 177.8 31.6 70
      Feb 0.1 170.7 32.2 67.2
      Mar 3.1 165.3 37.6 65.1
      Apr 9 160.4 48.2 63.1
      May 13.8 145.1 56.8 57.1
      Jun 18.1 217 64.6 85.4
      Jul 23 183.8 73.4 72.4
      Aug 23.7 170.1 74.7 67
      Sep 19.9 248 67.8 97.6
      Oct 13.6 179.6 56.5 70.7
      Nov 7.9 137 46.2 53.9
      Dec 2.9 156.9 37.2 61.8

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        • Nice places to go. It is a good opportunity to see an imperial palace for free. In Tokyo it is not open to the public. Even though some buildings had been removed for fire protection, the are is still impressive. Best way to go is to join one of the English tour guides. They will give you many information regarding the historical buildings and how live was for the emperor.
        • LOVE THIS PLACE. VERY HUGE and you can almost spend your entire day walking from one side to the other side. Well spent though, since this place is not crowded (I am sure the tourist will prefer to spend their time visiting temples). You can find most of the locals here spending their time to exercise or just walk around. There is a free tour available, you should definitely check it out!
        • Imperial place Very quiet ambience and the staff was very friendly. This site free entrance. Beautiful place for instagram able ahaha.. tempat yang bagus buat kalian yang cari tempat baru Kyoto selain Kinkaku-ji, Kiyomizu dera, Gion dsb. Tempat ini bisa jadi sbg alternatif buat traveller yang ingin memahami sejarah Kyoto dan taman khas Jepang.
        • This is huge!!!! It's well-preserved and such a peaceful stroll for the afternoon. Kyoto is a very historical place and so beautiful, it feels like you're travelling back in time. The palace is so big and quite overwhelming with beautiful gardens and old trees. For a more "museum-like" experience, visit the other castle in Kyoto. This one here is purely outdoors so it's just buildings!
        • The Kyoto Imperial Palace definitely has some beautiful grounds. If you want a tour I'd recommend signing up ahead of time, as they tend to fill up. Unfortunately we were unable to get one because we didn't register far enough in advance (we only had a few days in Kyoto) but it was still nice to walk around the ground even if we couldn't see or go in all the buildings.

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