Kyoto (京都) was the capital of Japan for over a millennium and carries a reputation as its most beautiful city. However, visitors may be surprised by how much work they will have to do to see Kyoto's beautiful side. Most first impacts of the town will be of the urban sprawl of central Kyoto, around the ultra-modern glass-and-steel train station, which is itself an example of a city steeped in tradition colliding with the modern world. Nonetheless, the smart traveler will soon discover Kyoto's hidden beauty in the temples and parks which ring the city center and find that the city has much more to offer than instantly meets the eye.
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Over the centuries, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires, but due to its exceptional historical value, the city was dropped from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb and escaped destruction during World War II. Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in the today of the town. With our guide, you'll have the chance to see what the rich history and Japan's culture has left us to witness.