Kyoto – Japan’s former capital and a major cultural melting pot of the country, the city wins hearts presenting its unique features – traditional Japanese temples and gardens. The heart of the Geisha culture, the city is also where the tea is been drunk for more than thousand years. The city is home to more than twelve hundred temples and shrines, most of which being entitled as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Whether it be ’Kansai’, the spoken dialect in the city or wearing a kimono – Kyotoites keep their individualistic approach. Apart from the pagoda styled architectural themes, the city is the birth place of origami – an unconventional Japanese art of folding papers into decorative shapes and designs. Where tofu is inevitable in the Kyotoite diet, the Kyotoites also prefer their shojin ryori i.e. the Japanese Buddhist vegetarian meal. A number of Michelin starred restaurants, relaxed cafes, swanky bars are to-go-go, on the other hand, the rinky-dink ramen joints are a staple. Mainstream popularity factor of the city apart from the temples and shrines is the city’s unique festivals. Two of the three vital festivals of Japan originate in the city – namely – Aoi Matsuri and Gion Matsuri, both including a massive parade and known for being over thousand years old.
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