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Kyoto: Four Amazing Places to Visit

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Kyoto is the capital of Japan. That makes it the place to learn contemplation and meditation. You can also discover its rich cultural heritage, martial arts and of course the breathtaking sites. There are a lot of things you can do in Kyoto. Even the locals here have not finished visiting all the cultural attractions. However, there are top four must-see attractions to start with. Otherwise, to visit all the major attractions in this city, can take years.

Kyoto Temples

There are more than a thousand temples in Kyoto. You must know that in Japan, like all other Asian countries, religion is the center of all things. You cannot visit all the temples (they are all worth visiting!) however, you can start with the best or the most visited temple in Kyoto.  Once there, first learn, or try to understand meditation. Do not just be silent. Meditation is a mental exercise you can only master by practicing. The Nanzen-ji temple is worthy of a visit. It is found in Higashiyama district. It is surrounded by lush green vegetation so that your meditation becomes effortless. If you do not like crowds, consider visiting the Tofuku-ji temple. It looks abandoned, but this is an advantage because otherwise, you will not have ample time to study the Japanese religion. Daitoku-ji and kinkaku-ji temples are also worth checking out. By the time you are done with these four, you will be as contemplative as any ordinary Japanese.

Best Restaurants

There is nothing as satisfying as knowing a place entirely.  If you want to fully understand Kyoto, find a good restaurant and then feast on the gastronomic treats they offer. How else can your insides know you are here?  The Kyoto local culinary will keep you begging for more. There are many restaurants you can find here. Try as time would allow you, to visit the Kiyamachi Sakuragawa restaurant. These restaurants are the best places to sample Kaiseki Cuisine. You will see many tourists enjoying this rare delicacy here. You can also visit the Sushisei restaurant. It is famed as the best moderately priced Sushi restaurants in Kyoto. Other restaurants like Den Shichi, Gaucho Sushi and Karako, are also worth a visit. When you sample Kyoto food, you will understand why Japanese lifespan is so long.

Kyoto’s Best Art

Kyoto is very a vibrant city. This energy is expressed in art and ceremonies. There are plenty of places to learn Japanese art in Kyoto, but the best are the museums and galleries. You can visit either the Kyoto International Manga museum or the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art. There are also world-class galleries which should interest you. In either place, do not forget to carry a camera; what you will see is worth preserving.

Conclusion

You can not possibly know Japanese life by visiting once. You will have to come here, again and again, to even start understanding the culture and life of Japanese. Kyoto is still the best place to explore the history and values of the Japanese. It has everything you need to know about this Asian country.

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