About Kyoto

Kyoto - The Cultural Capital and Spiritual Heart of Japan

Kyoto was the ancient capital of Japan and has over 1,200 years of history. Often called the spiritual heart of Japan, Kyoto is filled with culture and living traditions including a stunning total of 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites all located less than 30 minutes apart. Voted the world’s most popular destination two years in a row by Travel + Leisure magazine. Kyoto currently remains in the top ten for the 6th year in a row.

Kyoto's UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Cultural Heritage Site) consist of 17 temples, shrines and castles. Please refer to the following page:

Tradition meets Innovation

In the city’s long history, Kyoto has always been a center of cultural and technological innovation within Japan. 47 universities as well as numerous research institutions and forward-thinking corporations proudly uphold Kyoto’s tradition of innovation on the world stage.

Easy Access

Trains, coaches and hotel shuttle taxis offer easy access from the Airport. Domestic transfer flights and bullet trains to arrive in Kyoto. Once you arrive, our easy to understand integrated mass transit system with English signs makes it convenient to get around.

Safety and Security

Japan currently ranks as the #6 safest country in the world.
In recent years, safety has become a very important factor in determining suitable host cities for meetings.

The Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area ranked in at #1 as the world’s safest city in the QS Best Student Cities 2017 Index.

In Kyoto, we are famous for our impeccable track record on public safety and low crime. We have some of the lowest rates of violent crime in the world. Taxi drivers and shop owners are friendly and honest. Petty theft and pickpocketing is almost unheard of here.

Entertainment & Tourist Attractions

1) Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

Fushimi Inari-taisha ShrineThe magical, seemingly unending path of over 10,000 vibrant orange torii gates that wind through the hills behind Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine makes it one of the most popular shrines in Japan. The walk around the upper precincts is a pleasant day hike. It also makes for a delightfully eerie stroll in the late afternoon and early evening, when the various graveyards and miniature shrines along the path take on a mysterious air.
This shrine, dedicated to the god of rice and sake in the 8th century, also features dozens of statues of foxes. The fox is seen as the messenger of the god of grain foods, Inari, and the stone foxes are often known by the same name. The keys often depicted in the fox mouths are keys to granaries. This shrine is the central location for over 30,000 Inari shrines throughout the entirety of Japan.
Please visit Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine because it is very close to Ryukoku University Fukakusa Campus.

2) Kyoto Nishiki Food Market

Kyoto Nishiki Food MarketEver since the Azuchi-Momoyama Period (1568-1600), this area has served as the kitchen of Kyoto. During the early morning hours, the lines of shops open their eager doors to sell vegetables, tofu, fish, and all sorts of fresh food items.
And this market is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi.

3) Shijo Shopping Street

Shijo Shopping StreetShijo Street runs through the famous Gion entertainment district. You'll be sure to find plenty of geisha houses and other traditional shops. Explore stores offering Matcha (bitter green tea) sweets, traditional confectionery, and kimono accessories all concentrated on the one street that truly captures the essence of Kyoto. On the Eastern end of Shijo Street lies Yasaka-jinja Shrine, the face of Gion.
The arcade continues from Keihan Gion Shijo Station to the western gate of Yasaka-jinja Shrine.

4) Kamo river

Kamo riverDuring the day, the Kamo River buzzes with activity. People walking their dogs dominate the early morning hours, strolling along the riverside to enjoy the sunrise. They are quickly joined by picnickers soaking up the sunlight. All day long the river is a favorite venue for joggers and cyclists.

5) Kyoto Tower

Kyoto TowerKyoto Tower is the tallest construction in the city of Kyoto and features the Observation Deck located 100 meters above the ground, commanding a panoramic view of the city. Kyoto shows different townscapes depending on the hour and season. The tower symbolizes a lighthouse illuminating the landlocked city of Kyoto.
Opening Hours: 9:00-21:20(Last admission 21:00)
Admission Fee: Adult ¥800

Food Culture

1) Sake

SakeSake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from fermented rice, Koji and water. "Koji" is fungus. This is the vital ingredient to make sake. It resembles white wine in appearance, ranging from almost transparent to slightly yellow in coloration. The alcohol content is typically about 10-20%. Sake can be enjoyed either hot or cold.There are 25 sake breweries in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. Recommended Sake restaurants near Ryukoku University Fukakusa Campus are as follows.
- Torisei main store
- Aburacho

2) Ramen

RamenAt the end of Edo era, ports of Yokohama, Kobe, Nagasaki and Hakodate were opened. Subsequently, in the Meiji era, China towns were created around the ports. Ramen is said to have originated from Chinese noodle dishes served in such towns. In the course of nearly a century of its history, ramen has developed and turned into a noodle dish unique to Japan, something different from those in China.
At Ramenkoji at Kyoto Station, you can eat ramen with various flavors from all over Japan.
- Ramenkoji at Kyoto Station

For More Information

Kyoto Movies: "Kyoto Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia"

Kyoto Movies: "Kyoto MICE | VisitKyotoChannel"


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