Experience Kyoto’s historic structures and tranquil settings
isitors to Kyoto will find themselves enamored by the many temples and shrines, beautiful gardens and traditional architecture found throughout the city. There are more than 1,000 Buddhist temples in Kyoto, accompanied by perfectly preserved Japanese-style gardens. Kinkaku-ji Temple and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are the two most well-known temples in Kyoto, and attract millions of visitors from throughout the world due to their beautiful architecture and fascinating views.
Kinkaku-ji Temple, the famous Zen temple also known as the Golden Pavilion, is a registered World Heritage Site located in northwest Kyoto. The temple was originally built as a retirement villa of the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and according to his will, it became a Zen temple of the Rinzai sect after his death in 1408. Kinkaku-ji Temple can be accessed from Kyoto Station with the Kyoto City Bus in approximately 40 minutes.
Kiyomizu-dera Temple is another can’t-miss tourist attraction site in Kyoto. It was founded in 778 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall and derives its name from the waterfall’s pure waters. Kiyomizu-dera Temple was also added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1994. Experience the breathtaking views from the main hall of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and enjoy shopping for traditional Japanese sweets and pickles at the many shops and restaurants in the area.
For a truly authentic Japanese experience, the Gion Festival is an event that you can’t miss. The Gion Festival is one of Japan’s biggest festivals, and takes place over the entire month of July. There are many different events, but the main events are the two processions of traditional parade floats, held on July 17 and July 24. The streets are lined with food stands, drink vendors and festival games, and both locals and visitors dress up in colorful yukata robes to dance, sing and have a good time.
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Kyoto offers the optimal environment for students to learn Japanese
Founded in 1950, the Kyoto Center for Japanese Linguistic Studies has been bringing together people from different cultures for close to 70 years. The school offers a wide range of courses, including intensive courses, summer intensive courses, special courses (private lessons) and evening courses, to cater to all students. The city of Kyoto is heavily incorporated in the course materials, giving students the opportunity to learn about the city’s history and culture.
Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School is another excellent option for students wishing to learn Japanese. Kyoto Minsai Japanese Language School offers short courses, which range from two to 10 weeks, and foundation courses, which range from 15 months to two years. The school also offers a gymnasium with a basketball hoop and a recreational room for students to relax and interact with one another.
Stay in the heart of Kyoto in a local Machiya house
SAKURA HOUSE Kyoto is a Machiya style townhouse that blends modern and traditional styles of Japanese architecture. The Kura room is traditionally used as a storehouse for valuables, and is located next to the beautiful Japanese garden that can be directly accessed through a glass sliding door. Also overlooking the garden is a Japanese-style room with tatami mats. Visitors can experience the soothing and warm texture and feel of the tatami as they sip on local green tea and relax after a long day of walking around. On the second floor is another Western-style room with its own sink, shower, bathroom and loft that can be used as an attic. All rooms are furnished, with free Wi-Fi available throughout the entire house, and a friendly, knowledgeable and multilingual concierge is on duty to help you with your stay in Kyoto.