Kyoto

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Kyoto, a land where you can feel the history of Japan

 

Feature

Kyoto is a prefecture located in the mid-western part of Honshu. The population is about 2.55 million, and the Prefectural capital is Kyoto City.

As the prefecture is surrounded by mountains on three sides, the climate is typical of a basin, with hot summers and cold winters.

 

Kyoto flourished as the capital of Japan from the Heian period to the Edo period (794-1869). Therefore, there are many historic shrines and temples such as Kinkakuji, Ginkakuji, Kiyomizudera, and Fushimi Inari Taisha.

In addition, there are about 70 traditional crafts in Kyoto.

 

Kyoto is one of Japan's leading tourist destinations, with approximately 87 million tourists visiting each year.

 

Traditional crafts and Local specialties

Kyoto's traditional crafts are "Nishijin-ori" and "Kyo-shikki".

 

Nishijin-ori is a silk brocade made in Kyoto City. The name "Nishijin" is derived from the name of a place in Kyoto and has a history of over 1000 years. It features a detailed pattern made with a variety of weaving methods.

 

Kyo-shikki is lacquerware made in and around Kyoto City. Kyo-shikki is characterized by its thin wood base compared to other lacquerware, giving it a delicate atmosphere.

 

In Kyoto, there is a brand of vegetables called "Kyo-yasai". More than 20 items such as mizuna, green onions, and eggplants are designated as Kyo-yasai. In addition, Kyoto pickles and Kyoto sweets are local specialties.

 

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