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Kyoto is undoubtedly the cultural center of Japan and was the capital for nearly one thousand years. Its richness is temples and shrines is overwhelming. The old imperial palace is located in the city center and can only be visited at special occasions and times. I stayed in Kyoto for three days on my trip from Kobe. Although my accommodation was definitely not a first class hotel, I came to know some interesting people, mainly young globe trotters on their way around the world. The most famous golden temple was attracting a stream of tourists, which made it less a quiet place as temples supposed to be. Unfortunately I was in Kyoto shortly after the Gion festival, which is one of the biggest celebrations in the area. Arriving at the new Kyoto railway station gave me a first impression about the importance of this city as the station is quite huge and has the shape of a Buddhist temple (which is controversially discussed).

Information about Kyoto:

Wikipedia Kyoto

Map and location of Kyoto:

Kyoto

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