Kyoto is home to 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines; steeped in culture and history this city was once the Imperial capital city of Japan. Located on the Island of Honshu, Japan, Kyoto is very old and wise but little is known about it until around the 6th Century AD. With a population close to 1.5 million it is equipped with an efficient public transportation system that is easily navigable and has signs in the Latin alphabet just for tourists and foreigners. The city itself is tight-lipped and stacked with modern architecture, stores and restaurants; one of the draws to Kyoto is the serenity it offers, which is not just handed to you on a silver platter, you have to want it enough to find it. The beauties of this place are hidden and out of the way, as sacred things of value should be. History and culture is revered and therefore set away from the brash and loud city life.
Wars and fires have demanded dues from Kyoto over the centuries, and yet it still stands, both ancient and modern. During World War II it was a keen candidate for the atomic bomb target but thanks to Henry L. Stimson, American secretary of war, who had fallen in love with the city during his honeymoon, he demanded the history and beauty of such a place be preserved.
The draw of Kyoto is nestled in its raked pebble gardens, regal temples, vibrant plant life, tradition, history and mystery. Autumn transforms leaves into fire, while laying the ground with gold. The peace offered here manifests itself in nature, not only giving the eyes something to drink up, but peace of mind and a rejuvenating rest stop for the spirit. For more inspiring photos of Kyoto follow us back to Newscom!
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