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Built in A.D. 794 on the model of the capitals of ancient China, Kyoto was the imperial capital of Japan from its foundation until the middle of the 19th century. As the centre of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years, Kyoto illustrates the development of Japanese wooden architecture, particularly religious architecture, and the art of Japanese gardens. It is a city of 1.4 milion with tremendous cultural assets, where the past still lingers on, where there are more than 2000 temples and shrines, where it is possible to glimpse a few Geishas in the streets. The historic monuments of ancient Kyoto are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Cemetery in a courtyard. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Narrow alley by night. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Bicyclist in front of a traditional style house. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Traditional theater performance at the Gion Kobu Kaburen-jo theatre. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Maiko (apprentice Geisha) dress elaborately to perform the Miyako Odori (cherry blossom dance). Kyoto, Japan ( color) Miyako Odori (cherry blossom dance) performed at the Gion Kobu Kaburen-jo theatre. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Lanterns and flowering sakura (cherry blossoms), Gion. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy), a walkway lined up with cherry blossoms. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Garden with trees and mosses on the grounds of the Kinkaku-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Cherry tree in bloom and temple roof. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Classical roof shapes of a Zen temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Golden pavilion, Kinkaku-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Some of the 1001 statues of the thousand-armed Kannon (buddhist goddess of mercy), Sanjusangen-do Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Ryoan-ji Temple has on of the most famous Zen gardens in the karesansui (dry landscape) style, a collection of 15 rocks in a sea of raked sand, enclosed by an earthen wall. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Classic rock and raked gravel Zen garden, Tofuju-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Train station hall. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Train station hall. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Structures in the train station. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Exterior of a townhouse. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Graves in courtyard. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Burying grounds in courtyard. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Convenience store. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Narrow alley in the Pontocho entertainment district by night. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Entrance of the Yasaka-jinja Shrine. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Miyako Odori (cherry blossom dance) performed at the Gion Kobu Kaburen-jo theatre. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Tea ceremony performed at the Gion Kobu Kaburen-jo theatre. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Maiko (apprentice Geisha) dress elaborately to perform the Miyako Odori (cherry blossom dance). Kyoto, Japan ( color) Performance at the Gion Kobu Kaburen-jo theatre. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Strollers follow the Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy), a traffic-free route. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Cherry trees along the Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy) at dusk. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Tetsugaku-no-Michi (Path of Philosophy), a route beside a canal lined with cherry trees. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Bridge across a canal and cherry tree in bloom at night. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Lanterns and cherry blooms. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Sakura flowers: branch of white and red blossoms. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Sakura: flowering cherry tree. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Cherry tree blossoming at sunset. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Pink Cherry trees on temple grounds. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Temple walls and cherry tree in bloom. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Trunk of cherry tree and temple wall. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Sakura cherry blossoms and temple detail. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Cherry blossoms, pine tree, and temple wall, Sanjusangen-do Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Golden pavilion, Kinkaku-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Golden pavilion, Kinkaku-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Prayer notes in a temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Classic stone and raked sand Zen garden, Ryoan-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Rows of statues of the thousand-armed Kannon (buddhist goddess of mercy), Sanjusangen-do Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Roof and wall detail, Sanjusangen-do Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Pines and wooden walls, Sanjusangen-do Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Wooden Hall and panels, Sanjusangen-do Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Garden with trees and mosses on the grounds of the Kinkaku-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Tori gate at the entrance of a shrine inner grounds. The act of passing through purifies the soul.. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Entrance of the Tofuju-ji Temple, one of the city's five main Zen temples. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Garden and subtemple, Tofuju-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Classic rock and raked gravel Zen garden, Tofuju-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Raked gravel Tofuju-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Painted panel. Kyoto, Japan ( color) Uniformed schoolgirls visit Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. Kyoto, Japan ( color)
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