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