KYOTO was named “World’s Best City” in the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards 2015
Kyoto is the most popular, must-see location in Japan. As the former imperial capital of Japan, it embodies more than 1,200 years of Japanese history and tradition. Kyoto is home to beautiful imperial villas, 1,681 Buddhist temples and 812 Shinto shrines-including 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites-and over 200 museums, which dot the entire city of 10km2. Today, the city of Kyoto is also a bustling academic center that is young-at-heart, with nearly 50 institutions of higher education, and a home to many world-class corporate research giants.
Museums in KYOTO
Kyoto is home to numerous cultural facilities and museums, which display a wide range of exhibits. These include the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; the Kyoto National Museum; the Museum of Kyoto; the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art; the Chado Research Center Galleries; the Kyoto Confectionary Museum; and the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Also, Kyoto has many cultural facilities where visitors can not only appreciate works on view with their eyes, but can also enjoy hands-on experiences. There are facilities and workshops that allow visitors to try for themselves the processes of creating traditional craftworks, such as Nishijin woven textiles, Kyo-yuzen textile dyeing, Kyoto ware ceramics, and Kiyomizu ware ceramics. Also, visitors to the Japanese Movie History Museum can walk around in a film set that replicates a Japanese town of the Edo period (1615-1868).