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Things to do in Kyoto

The list of things to do in Kyoto is topped off by the Gion Matsuri in July. This is the festival of Yasaka Shrine when many different events take place. The most well known events are the Yamaboko Junko on July 17th when floats parade down the streets and Yoiyama which include the festive evenings before the parades. During these evenings visitors to Kyoto can enter the yamaboko floats. In the parade, there are always 23 Yama floats and 9 Hoko floats. Each float is so large that the wheels can be as tall as a person.

Nijo castle is the best example of ancient castles in Japan. If you are wondering what to do in Kyoto, Japan this is a great option. The castle is full of separate buildings that are connected by a nightingale floor. This famous floor is made to squeak so that if intruders chose to attack at night, guards would be able to hear their footsteps. Ninomaru Palace is where the Shogun would stay when visiting Kyoto. The palace includes inner and outer audience rooms for different levels are visitors to the shogun. The buildings and grounds within the castle are remarkable. The grounds hold many cherry trees which bloom in March and April as well as plum trees which bloom in February and March.

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    The riverside 685-year-old Zen monastery has 24 temples on the property. More
  • Eitarouya

    The store's tailors stitch men’s overcoats from wool, cotton, silk, and hemp. More
  • Ippodo Tea Company

    This tea shop resembles an old-fashioned apothecary, with white-jacketed attendants measuring green tea onto scales. More
  • Iyemon Salon Kyoto

    Located on the lower floors of a kimono company, the complex includes a contemporary crafts shop, chic café, and steel-and-glass gallery exhibiting... More
  • Karacho

    11th-generation craftsman Kenkichi Senda creates woodblock-printed washi paper for temple doors, as well as chic handmade pendant lanterns. More
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    A 14th-century Gold Pavilion. More
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    The gallery-like shop sells lacquered bamboo boxes and handwoven silk capes by local designers. More
  • Kyoto Imperial Palace

  • Kyoto Institute of Culture & Language

    The Cultural Experience Program organizes homestays and offers hands-on lessons on Japanese cuisine, dance, calligraphy, and ikebana (flower arrang... More
  • Okochi-Sanso

    The five-acre residential gardens of the late samurai film star Denjiro Okochi. More
  • Sake Bar Yoramu

    Taste rare brews at this low-key bar run by an Israeli expat. More

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